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The legacy of drought-tolerant maize

March 26th, 2016 / CIMMYT, Mexico

The Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project has contributed towards improving seed system in sub-Saharan Africa for almost nine years (2007–2015), through 233 varieties released including about 200 distinct drought-tolerant (DT) maize hybrids and open-pollinated varieties (OPV) developed to help farmers cope with drought constraint in maize farming. …

Water storage, management and future of farming

March 25th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michael Ssali writes: As we plan to develop agriculture we should think beyond mere provision of tools and seeds to our small-scale farmers. The challenges we face today are far bigger; they require radical rethinking and planning to provide farmers with resources, skills and knowledge needed to increase …

It’s been 100 years since S. African fields were this dry

March 25th, 2016 / Mail & Guardian, Kenya

THE corn that is a food staple for much of southern Africa is now so expensive it has become a luxury many can’t afford, after the worst drought in three decades damaged crops from Ethiopia to South Africa. And it is a situation that has many of the elements that …

Climate change, food production and food security

March 25th, 2016 / Can we feed the world, UK

A study in The Lancet indicates that global food supply as impacted by climate change could cause over half a million deaths by 2050, largely due to a rise in undernutrition. While it is understood, at least to some degree, that crop yields will be affected, largely adversely, by climate …

Science plays crucial role in SDG success

March 25th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Last night SciDev.Net hosted a panel discussion with the British Council as part of the council’s exhibition on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The panellists discussed how conversations around science can support the implementation of the SDGs. During the discussion, several distinct roles for science emerged. Read …

Biotech benefits: drought- and salt-resistant crops

March 25th, 2016 / Food Insight, US

Biotech crops, designed to withstand the effects of climate change, are one tool that could help us meet the challenge of feeding more people in a changing world. Read …

Anti-science the biggest threat to modern farming and food security

March 9th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

“We are going to need all kinds of agriculture technology, including genetic engineering, if we are going to ensure global food security,” says Robert Saik, Canadian agricultural consultant, “the anti-science movement is the largest threat to agriculture in terms of our ability to feed the future planet … the voices …

Climate deadline looms for African food crops

March 8th, 2016 / BBC, UK

Researchers have produced a timescale of how projected climate change is set to alter the face of agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. Climate change is widely projected to have a significant adverse impact on food security if no adaptation measures are taken, they explain. In their study, the team provides timings …

Climate change could make growing these crops in African regions impossible

March 8th, 2016 / Climate Change News

Global warming threatens some of sub-Saharan Africa’s most important crops, growers have been warned. Key cultivating regions could become unviable in the coming decades under projected climate change scenarios, according to research published in Nature on Monday. Bananas, beans and maize are most at risk of the nine staples that …

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 …

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