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Tanzania: farmers lead campaign to revive coffee

June 15th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

For several years now, Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI) has been working hard to support groups of farmers to introduce new improved coffee varieties that produce high yields within a short time. TaCRI says the new varieties are also resistant to diseases like Coffee Berry Diseases (CBD). Inter-cropping of the …

Tanzania: stimulating entrepreneurship to boost income

June 13th, 2015 / Tanzania Daily News

The development of African food industry requires visionary entrepreneurs, that is why Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA) sees the strengthening of entrepreneurship as key to successful agricultural growth and rural development. The Academy introduces a new approach that is driven by the private sector, bringing together a core group of successful …

Tanzania: financial constraints impede research

June 10th, 2015 / Daily News, Tanzania

Lack of adequate financial resources impedes good research despite Tanzania having well educated agricultural experts. “For any nation to move forward, it must invest in research, this is what we need to do,” said Acting Chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Mr Aliko Kibona, noting  that researchers are working …

Tanzania relaxes law on GMOs

June 8th, 2015 / The EastAfrican, Kenya

B4FA Fellow Isaac Khisa reports: Tanzania has reviewed its law on genetically modified organisms, paving the way for scientists in the country to carry out confined trials on crops such as maize and cassava, and effectively turning the tables on anti-GMO lobby groups. This move to revise its GMO law …

Talk about food security; talk about maize

May 28th, 2015 / CIMMYT.org

Good news from Africa! Policy breakthroughs on transgenic research in Mozambique and Tanzania have led to approval of confined field trials (CFTs) and a more research-friendly regulatory framework, respectively. Mozambique’s CFTs will be at the Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM; Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique) research station …

Aflatoxin contamination costs Tanzanian agriculture greatly

May 22nd, 2015 / Xinhua News Agency

Tanzania is losing over 332 million U.S. dollars annually from the negative impacts of aflatoxin, a deadly toxin affecting cereal crops like maize, sorghum, rice, wheat, groundnuts and cassava, researchers said on Wednesday. “Agricultural products contaminated with aflatoxin poses a major threat to human and animal health,” said Bendantunguka Tiisekwa, …

Cabbages trump coffee for Tanzania’s climate-stressed farmers

May 21st, 2015 / Reuters

The 72-year-old farmer from Moshi Rural district in Tanzania’s northern Kilimanjaro region depended for decades on coffee farming. But climate shifts, together with a rust disease that causes trees to shrink and become unproductive, have decimated his yields. So he’s turned to cabbages, onions, lettuce and potatoes – and he …

Coffee farmers on climate front line

May 15th, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

An estimated 70 per cent of the world’s coffee production comes from small-scale producers in an industry with some 25 million growers. But as climate change hits, many of them could lose their livelihoods as they simply cannot move their production to higher, cooler land. Read more
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Initiative aims to safeguard citrus crops in Kenya and Tanzania

May 14th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

US$1.3mn initiative has been launched in Kenya to address issues affecting citrus fruit production. The project, which will be run by the Nairobi-based International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and its partners, will be tackle the twin problems of insect pests and diseases in Kenya and Tanzania. …

Tanzania Invaded By the Deadly Papaya Mealy Bug Disease

May 8th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

The fast spreading and highly destructive papaya mealy bug has invaded Tanzania, IITA has reported. “The pest is rapidly spreading through the coastal areas of Tanzania around Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar,” IITA statement posted on its website says.The pest is attacking important food crops such as papaya and cassava, …