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Growing mangoes to sustain school

July 15th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali reports on former headmaster Fred Kato Nsamba who is now growing mangoes, interplanted with cassava and maize to sustain a school and teach the young students about food and farming. Read …

Uganda: Women grow vegetables to invest in other activities

July 8th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

In Uganda, growing vegetables helps one women’s group to invest in further money-making agricultural activities as chicken and pig rearing, as well as build better houses and pay children’s tuition fees. B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports. Read …

Uganda: Museveni’s commitment to GMO adoption could earn him another term

July 7th, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Op-ed: “The president is among the very few African leaders committed to using science to improve agricultural production. The president and a majority of his cabinet are for science-led development and we should commend them for this commitment. Ugandan legislatures should support him and pass the Uganda National Biotechnology and …

Agriculture boot camp for Miss Uganda contestants increases awareness of ag technologies

July 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA

In a bid to promote agriculture and increase awareness of modern agricultural technologies, Miss Uganda beauty queen contestants were introduced to the field management of key crops, including cereals, legumes, root crops, and fruits. They were also introduced to crop improvement techniques, including biotechnology. The outgoing Miss Uganda 2014/15 Leah …

Uganda: linking farmers to agro input dealers

July 1st, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Farmers in Uganda hardly use inputs like fertilisers though using them would boost production. B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru examines the issue from various perspectives. Read …

Seed companies asked to allay fears associated with GM seeds

June 30th, 2015 / New Vision, Uganda

Companies trading in seeds should spearhead the sensitization of farmers on the pros and cons of adopting genetically modified seeds. The commissioner for crop protection, Komayombi Bulegeya said seed companies are part of the extension system which makes them the first point of contact for farmers accessing information on the …

Growing sunflower helped me invest

June 24th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Having lost a husband and with young children to look after, life was uncertain for Rose Atim until she started growing sunflower. She told her story to B4FA Fellow Michael J Ssali. View …

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 …