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GM crops create “halo effect” that benefits organic farmers, says new research

January 28th, 2019 / Alliance for Science, US

Mark Lynas writes:

Growing genetically modified insect-resistant corn in the United States has dramatically reduced insecticide use and created a “halo effect” that also benefits farmers raising non-GM and organic crops, new research shows.

This finding, published by University of Maryland researchers in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, effectively …

New tomato variety resists leaf curl virus and wilting

October 29th, 2018 / FarmBiz Africa

In dealing with losses caused by leaf curl and other deadly wilts in tomatoes, a seed company has come up with a tomato hybrid that is least affected by the diseases.
TM 20 F1 is hybrid that has been developed to help farmers escape the losses to the above diseases, which …

Small-scale horticulture project transforming lives in Kenya

August 28th, 2018 / AllAfrica

Kenya has one of the most dynamic and innovative economies in sub-Saharan Africa. A decade after going through a food crisis and in the aftermath of the drought in 2016-2017, the country aims to achieve self-sufficiency in food products such as maize, tomato, cabbage, rice, beans, milk and meat. This …

How to ensure bumper harvest from butternut

August 16th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

From B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru:
Butternut squash is a vine crop of the cucurbit family. This tropical crop is an alternative choice four pumpkin lovers.
This is because the butternut squash fruits locally known as ‘ensusuuti’ not only looks like a tiny pumpkin but it tastes alike.
Locally we do not …

How hot pepper brings cheer to farmers

July 9th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow writes Lominda Afedraru:
It is 10am as we set off from Mbale District to catch up with youth group engaged in growing chilli (pepper) and eggplants located in Nakatende village in Budaka District.
Upon arrival in this village about three kilometres from Mbale town, we are received by Joseph Wambuzi …

New menacing cassava pest identified in West and Central Africa

May 25th, 2018 / African Science News

A new pest—southern armyworm, Spodoptera eridania (Stoll)—has been discovered in West and Central Africa!
Originating from the tropical regions of the Americas the fall armyworm (FAW) adult has a remarkable capacity for long distance migration and high female fertility. Its crop-destroying caterpillars can cause serious damage to maize but also to …

South Africa: SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security

April 27th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has commended a farming project, which harnesses the power of the sun to grow vegetables.
The Minister visited the SUNfarming project, situated at the North West University in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday.
The solar powered vegetable growing project was born from a partnership between SUNfarming and …

Technologies that help farmers respond to climate change

March 13th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Agriculture in many parts of Africa, Uganda inclusive, is mainly rain-fed yet farmers usually experience severe periods of drought where they would require water to irrigate their farms during times of such weather.
During extreme dry seasons, many farmers are forced to abandon farming with very …

New programme to improve Ghana’s food safety and grow agricultural exports

June 3rd, 2016 / Modern Ghana

The International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a non-profit organisation, has been awarded a two-year program that will improve the quality of Ghanaian fruit and vegetables for export. The Improving Food Safety Systems Program, valued at US$2.8 million, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will draw on …

Female vegetable farmer survives on dry-season farming

March 7th, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Rebecca Benjamin is a dry season vegetable farmer. When it is rainy season, she returns to her regular farm in the village or takes to selling fish to augment the income of her semi-sized family resident in North Bank area of Makurdi, the capital of Benue State. During each dry …