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New technologies can reduce post-harvest losses, end aflatoxin infestation

June 23rd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

From infestation to mold, inadequate storage facilities often lead to large grain losses in many countries, hampering efforts to improve national food security for the poorest families. Even efforts by national governments across Africa to store grain in large quantities have often yielded disappointing results. Read …

New crop varieties ‘can’t keep up with global warming’

June 21st, 2016 / BBC, UK

Crops yields around the world could fall within a decade unless action is taken to speed up the introduction of new varieties. A study says temperatures are rising faster than the development of crop varieties that can cope with a warmer world. In Africa, researchers found that it can take …

Climate-proofing agriculture must take centre stage in African policy

June 20th, 2016 / IPS, Italy

After over a year of extreme weather changes across the world, causing destruction to homes and lives, 2015-16 El Niño has now come to an end. This recent El Niño – probably the strongest on record along with the along with those in 1997-1998 and 1982-83– has yet again shown …

20 mn people in East Africa require food aid: UN

June 6th, 2016 / Business Standard, India

About 19.9 million people in Eastern Africa require humanitarian aid as food security situation in the countries affected are not expected to improve, the UN humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an estimated 31.6 million people were already food insecure …

Researchers identify critical factors in maize and wheat drought vulnerability

June 2nd, 2016 / ISAAA, US

A team of researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis led by Lixin Wang has identified critical information about the environmental variables and agronomic factors that determine the vulnerability of maize and wheat production to drought.Read …

Has agriculture in South Africa seen the last of the current El Niño cycle?

May 26th, 2016 / BizCommunity

Below average rainfall experienced for the last four years, with 2015 being one of the driest years in South African history, had a devastating effect on the North West and the Free State provinces in particular. These provinces are heavily dependent on the agricultural industry and are the major producers …

El Niño and fighting leave 80 million in food crisis

May 24th, 2016 / SciDevNet

Armed conflict and the droughts caused by the El Niño effect have left 80 million people around the world in acute food crisis this year, reveals a food security report. The report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme adds …

Maize’s dominance in Africa is being challenged by climate change

May 12th, 2016 / IRIN News

Maize is not as traditional as most people think. It’s an import, and in much of the interior of Africa, only a little over a century old. Its rise to dominance as a food crop has been incredible, but its future is far less assured, as it’s highly sensitive to …

‘If field trials of GM crops were encouraged, we would have drought-resistant varieties by now’

May 3rd, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Criticising the moratorium on field tests for genetically modified (GM) crops eminent agricultural scientist Dr. M. Mahadevappa opined that such a move was detrimental for the farming sector. “If the field trials of GM crops were encouraged, scientists would have come out with drought-resistant varieties by now,” he said. …

Drought in Southern Africa: Do GMO policies need to change?

April 29th, 2016 / Dr Jocelyn Webster, B4FA Adviser

Will the issues related to drought and food security in Southern Africa push the approach to biotechnology and biosafety in the region to change? The El Niño-induced drought that is affecting most of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries may spark further debate over the safety of GM crops …

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