In the news...

Uganda’s agricultural productivity can increase 10 times

December 12th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Uganda can increase its current agricultural productivity by many times over with fertile land and variety of crops that it has.
“With advanced technology, the right policies and a bigger budget, agricultural productivity can increase five to 10 times from the current,” said Dr Jee Hyeong –Jin, who heads the …

Storing grain in warehouses for better market is way to go

December 6th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: If grain farmers are to attract better market opportunities, there is need for adequate warehousing as grain markets in East Africa, including Uganda, suffer from a range of constraints.
Smallholder farmers are particularly affected owing to vulnerability to price fluctuations and weak bargaining. But effective marketing …

African Development Bank to give Shs703 billion for agriculture

December 5th, 2016 / Business Community, South Africa

Uganda will receive $195 million (Shs703b) from the African Development Bank (ADB) to support two agricultural projects in the country, in relation to the bank’s Regional Alignment with Feed Africa Strategy. As per Uganda project, the ADB says the Agricultural Value Chains Development Project is $110 million (Shs396) and it …

Suggestions on current food challenges

November 22nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow and farmer Michael Ssali writes: Every year, 12 million hectares of land is degraded due to drought and desertification according to the 2016 Global Food Report.
The farmers who attended the second National Coffee Festival at Mandela National Stadium, Nambole, on November 4 were introduced to the Coffee Drought …

Promoting high value cassava products

November 22nd, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes: Farmers have been trained in proper methods of drying cassava for quality flour. There is a cassava drier facility in Soroti where farmers learn the basic practices to be applied.
Cassava is identified as one of the emerging market oriented commodities will improve the livelihood of …

The VIRCA project – developing effective solutions for the control of cassava viral diseases

November 17th, 2016 / Darnforth Center, US

The Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa (VIRCA) project – was established in 2006 and includes African and international organizations working together to develop effective solutions for the control of cassava viral diseases. Supported by this partnership, VIRCA researchers are using genetic modification techniques to improve resistance to cassava brown streak …

Farmers must revise their methods to adjust to climate change

November 15th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali, writes: This year’s World Food Day was marked under the theme “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” All farmers must revise their methods of production and do some things differently. Most parts of Uganda have not received sufficient rain in recent months and farmers …

Shea butter: Uganda’s hidden treasure

October 28th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Shea butter or Moo yao as it is known in Lango and Acholi sub-regions is an indigenous fruit tree that grows mostly in northern Uganda. Its fat containing kernels are sold both on the local and international markets.
In terms of importance in Africa, its oil is second to palm oil. …

Can a new sweet potato help tackle child malnutrition?

October 19th, 2016 / BBC, UK

Millions of children across Africa suffer from malnutrition – one way to tackle this is a special type of sweet potato that can deliver an extra vitamin hit which is being developed in Uganda.
It may spend less time in news headlines than Ebola or the Zika virus, but Vitamin A …

A case for Uganda’s use of biotechnology

October 12th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Michael Ssali, B4FA Rellow, writes: “I write this article from the stand point of a Ugandan farmer that has seen acres of my coffee farm destroyed by the incurable coffee wilt disease (CWD) and has also lost half of the banana and cassava crops due to the banana bacterial wilt …