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Tanzania: Sweet potato growers hope to boost output

July 5th, 2017 / AllAfrica

During field day demonstrations conducted by an agribusiness innovation group aiming to transform potato productivity in Tanzania, sweet-potato farmers learned that tissue culture technology can produce millions of clean seeds from high-yielding varieties, ultimately resulting in far more productive crops compared to the traditional method of planting pieces from cut …

UN releases new estimate of Earth’s 2050 population

June 23rd, 2017 / Inhabitat, US

By 2030, the global population could be 8.6 billion, according to the UN. 9.8 billion people might reside on Earth in 2050, and 11.2 billion in 2100. As around 83 million people are born every single year, the organization expects the total population to rise even if fertility levels go …

Why did Tanzanian farmers demand growing GM crops?

June 19th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports:
An online weekly newsletter, Crop Biotech Update, reported on June 6, 2017, that farmers in Mwanza Province, North Eastern Tanzania urged their government to hasten delivery of GM crops which they said would save them from crop failure.
The maize, cassava, and cotton farmers whose crop has …

Rising opportunities for youth in African agrifood systems

June 14th, 2017 / World Bank, US

Africa’s share of the global population is projected to rise dramatically from 12% in 2015 to 23% by 2050. This huge demographic trend will certainly amplify Africa’s political and economic impact on the rest of the world, and this impact will largely be determined by young Africans between 15-35 years …

Tanzanian farmers urge gov’t to hasten delivery of GE crops

June 8th, 2017 / ISAAA

Farmers in Mwanza Province, North Eastern Tanzania have urged their government to hasten delivery of biotech crops, which they say, may save them from crop failure. The maize, cassava, and cotton farmers whose crop has been severely affected by stalk borer pests, cassava mosaic disease and African cotton bollworm respectively, …

Organic agriculturists battle to take care of demand from global market

May 1st, 2017 / mchomvu.com

Alex Mchomvu, Tanzania B4FA Fellow, reports: Lydia Jacob develops her vegetables naturally in Mwanamseka, a town in the Coast Region, around 100 kilometers west of Dar es Salaam. The atmosphere here is wet and the land is loamy soil with a decent measure of natural matter.
Mrs. Jacob is a …

Tanzania 103 – we welcome this ‘wonder’ cassava seed

April 12th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Once euphemistically called the ‘poor man’s food’ cassava is now billed among top commercial crops, finding industrial use in such sectors as brewery, pharmaceuticals and confectionery.
From its origins in Latin America’s Amazonia, the crop entered Africa through the so-called journeys of discovery in the 15th century, and today the continent …

Drought-tolerant maize shows promise in Tanzania

February 20th, 2017 / Alliance for Science, US

Tanzania’s first-ever genetically modified crop — a field trial of drought-tolerant maize intended to benefit small-scale farmers suffering the effects of climate change — is proceeding well and will be harvested imminently, according to scientists overseeing the trial for the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project.
Dr. Alois Kullaya, …

Genetics to guide coffee breeding

February 13th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: Genetic modification (GM) is the future of coffee and the scientists have made their findings public. “With this information in hand, producers can begin to more accurately breed coffee varieties, as opposed to traditional selective breeding where you see a trait you like and breed …

A coffee renaissance is brewing, and thanks to genetics

February 1st, 2017 / Wired, US

Genes are the future of coffee. Not nitro cold brewing or beans pooped out by civets, but genes. And coffee’s gene-fueled future just drew nearer, now that scientists have sequenced the genome of the Coffea arabica coffee plant—the species that makes up the vast majority of global production—and made the …