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Uganda: we need crop intensification

June 18th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

A socio-economic survey has shown the need for farmers as well as policy makers to make use of research to enhance crop intensification. While it helps the former boost productivity, it provides the latter with evidence to identify the constraints at individual, household, community, market, and policy levels. The survey was …

Bringing services to the farmers

June 17th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Like other regions in Uganda, West Nile is endowed with resources to enable successful farming. B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru visited a research institute that is supporting the farmers to boost their productivity. Its programmes, which the scientists are working on, include crop breeding. The focus is on varieties such as …

Lessons from Brazil on biotech for Africa

June 13th, 2015 / Saturday Monitor, Uganda

Brazil presents a suitable example to learn from in adoption, processing and export of Genetically Modified (GM) crops and products. Uganda could emulate the Brazilian model of GM-crops consumption, growth and expansion—as it enacts a law to regulate GM-crops being developed by National Agricultural Research Organisation (Naro). Read …

Uganda: adapting to climate change, a toolkit for farmers

June 11th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers are set to benefit from a tool kit on how to mitigate effects of—and adapt to—climate change. The aim is to empower planners and farmers in three pilot districts—Mbarara, Wakiso and Lira—in implementing agricultural practices that respond appropriately. Read …

Ugandan Coffee farmers acquire new wilt resistant varieties

June 10th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Ugandans are set to benefit from a line of new coffee varieties that are resistant to the rampant coffee wilt disease that has wiped out more than 15 million coffee trees. The new coffee varieties which have been bred at the country’s National Coffee Research Institute is expected to …

Pharmacists tip farmers on opportunities in GM products

June 5th, 2015 / The Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya writes: Ugandan farmers are losing billions of money to their counterparts in America and other countries, through importation of raw materials used in the pharmaceutical industry, which can be easily produced locally, including Artemisia annua. Pharmacists are blaming the situation on lack of information, misconceptions …

UN food security report says Uganda has 10 million facing hunger

June 3rd, 2015 / BERNAMA.com, Malaysia

The 2015 report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, has found that hunger remains an every day challenge for 10 million Ugandans. The report shows that the prevalence of undernourishment in Uganda has been increasing …

Helping youth to help farmers

May 28th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

The Ugandan government is distributing over 300million coffee seedlings in a period at a rate of 100 million annually. These are distributed freely to farmers in over the 82 coffee growing districts of the country. For the smooth running of the project, UCDA has identified about 1500 coffee seedling …

Rediscovering indigenous vegetables

May 28th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: African traditional vegetables were a big part of people’s diet and culture until modern vegetables like cabbage and carrots were introduced. In the past few years, however, traditional vegetables have slowly been regaining popularity. Read …

Uganda: fora on modern agro-biotech research

May 20th, 2015 / ISAAA, Kenya

The Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC) in partnership with Science Foundation for Livelihoods Development (SCIFODE) conducted a series of workshops on the application and regulation of modern agro-biotechnology for agricultural development. Read …