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Talking Biotech: Bayer geneticist Ray Shillito on communicating with the public about agricultural biotechnology

January 15th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Ray Shillito is a scientist that spent the early part of his career in plant transformation, attempting novel approaches in the early 1980s. It was a time of rapid development of new techniques, and a race to move genes into plants with the goal of genetic improvement. Shillito shares his …

Can online courses fix Africa’s food insecurity?

January 5th, 2018 /

The idea came to him on a bus in Rionegro, Colombia. Howard Blight was traveling with a delegation of South African avocado farmers when conversation turned to a hotel back home that was up for sale. “We should buy it,” said one farmer. “And turn it into an agricultural college!” …

Chinese experts transform African agriculture with education programmes

October 27th, 2017 / Global Times, China

He Wang, a 53-year-old research fellow from the Hunan Fisheries Science Institute, returned once again to Ethiopia on October 16, where she has been teaching fish-farming since 2003.
During all these years in Ethiopia, He helped build the country’s first standardized aquaculture base, mentored more than 3,000 students, and is …

Training programme set to boost rice output in East Africa

September 12th, 2017 / The Citizen, Tanzania

The Kilimanjaro Agricultural Training Centre (KATC) has offered to train agricultural experts in East Africa on improved production of rice, one of the staple food crops in the region.
This was affirmed last week by the project coordinator, Mr Motonori Tomitaka, at the end of an eight-day training course on improved …

Rwanda: over 3,000 farmers to receive coffee treatment skills

February 16th, 2017 /

Sustainable Harvest Rwanda, a nongovernmental organisation that aims to improve coffee productivity, this week launched a three-year-long project to help women better take control of the coffee farming process.
The project, which will focus on three districts (Gakenke, Rulindo and Gicumbi) in the Northern Province, will train more than 3,000 female …

Invest in training, African leaders told

January 9th, 2017 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Researchers have called on African governments to support vocational training in agriculture, noting the skills are crucial for smallholder farmers.
The researchers from more than 12 African countries, and India and Germany, were meeting at a recent conference on agricultural innovation in Nairobi organised by German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and …

How AfDB is helping transform agriculture in Africa

December 23rd, 2016 /

By 2025, Africa aims to feed its fast growing population with its own production. What is more, the world will need Africa’s help to feed an extra two billion people in the coming generation. So making the right investments right now is crucial to unleash the huge potential of Africa’s …

How Africa can turn a food deficit to surplus

November 30th, 2016 / Financial Times, UK

By 2050, the world will need to feed 9bn people, 2bn more than we feed today. In order to meet this demand, global food production must increase by an estimated 70 per cent in the next 30 years. Africa — which contains 65 per cent of the world’s unexploited arable …

Working to sequence crop genomes to improve nutrition & food security

November 16th, 2016 / African Orphan Crops Consortium, US

The AOCC partnership works to make high-nutritional value crops grown by African farmers and available to rural and urban consumers by promoting the adoption of modern breeding methods for crop improvement purposes. It does this through:
• Developing next generation genomics resources for a collection of 101 African orphan crops that …

Training institute for farmers launched

August 8th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Most farmers carry out their activities, be it keeping livestock or poultry, crop or fisheries production, do it on subsistence or semi-subsistence scale. So, there is need to encourage these farmers to practise agriculture as a business enterprise to attract a competitive market for their …