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China funding agriculture research lab in Kenya

September 30th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

The Chinese government is funding a laboratory at a Kenyan university that will train students and conduct agricultural research. The lab will come up in Egerton University which has its main campus in Njoro in south-western Kenya. A crop molecular laboratory is under construction in the campus, in collaboration …

CBSV poses challenge as varieties succumb

September 30th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: Across Africa, cassava is vulnerable to a broad range of diseases as well as less known viral strains across tropical cassava-growing regions. In Uganda, the most common are Cassava Brown Streak Virus (CBSV), which leads to root rot, and Cassava Mosaic Virus (CMV), which …

Sustainability science needs South-South collaboration

September 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, Uk

Poor countries produce only 2 per cent of publications in sustainability science. Collaborations are dominated by rich countries with few South-South links. To improve, poor nations need more stable policies and better communicated science See …

WFP to help Uganda tackle post-harvest losses

September 28th, 2015 / The Observer, Uganda

World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Uganda to tackle post-harvest handling losses and widen the market for the farmers’ produce. The MoU is intended to support government in finding solutions to strengthen agriculture, which has been …

Talking Biotech: Current pest control strategies increasingly focused, less toxic, and work

September 28th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The topic of “pesticides” is the new frontier in the opposition to agricultural biotechnology. Opponents of the technology blame new genetic improvement methods for perceived increases in chemical controls for plant, animal and fungal pests. However, scientists argue that our pest control strategies are increasingly focused, less toxic, and …

Ghana: Rice farmers urged to adopt nursing and transplanting methods for rice cultivation

September 28th, 2015 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: small holder farmers in rice production in the northern region have been advised to adopt nursing and transplanting of rice cultivation to avoid over crowding and also increase crop yield on their farms. The Project Manager under Integrated Agricultural Productivity Improvement and Marketing Project, …

Addressing GMO misinformation in Africa

September 25th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

Ella Nyakunu, a South Africa-based manager of a project helping to articulate biosafety and biotechnology issues around agriculture in Southern Africa recalls how people in her home country, Zimbabwe, tease her each time she goes there. There’s a chance for scientists who deal with GM technology to explain to …

Genetic diversity in our food systems

September 25th, 2015 / Global Plant Council

Our civilization developed with the domestication of plants for food, fiber and shelter about 10,000 years ago. Since then we have made constant improvements to these domesticated plants based on genetic diversity. It is the conservation, evaluation and utilization of this genetic diversity that will be essential for further …

Kenya: New drought-tolerant maize

September 25th, 2015 / African Farming, UK

The African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), in collaboration with Crop Africa Seeds, has developed a drought tolerant maize variety for Kenyan farmers. The maize variety has been named WE1101. It is said to be able to cope with drought conditions and still produce yields comparable with other commercial varieties. …

Driving R&D in Africa

September 25th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

A new scientific alliance and two other initiatives to provide long-term opportunities for developing research leadership and innovation to help tackle Africa’s development challenges have been launched. The Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), unveiled in Kenya last week (10 September), will enable researchers and technology …

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