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Tanzanian journalists cultivate plant science curiosity

November 8th, 2012

Tanzanian journalists gathered in Arusha, Tanzania from 4-9 November 2012 to cultivate their knowledge about plant science and why it matters to smallholding farmers across their country through a series of insightful workshops and hands-on science experiments with leading experts from Tanzania, Europe and North America.  Over the course of …

Ugandan journalists sharpen science skills – B4FA Media Fellows workshop, 31 Oct. – 3 Nov.

November 5th, 2012

Can training in science sharpen journalists’ skills?  Do genetics matter to journalists?  From 31 October – 3 November, twenty-one journalists from Uganda gathered in Kampala, Uganda to ask these – and other – questions.  Through hands-on experiments and interactive presentations from leading scientists and science journalists, B4FA’s Ugandan Media Fellows …

Uganda: Do agricultural cooperatives need to be re-imagined?

October 31st, 2012

In this insightful opinion article, Morrison Rwakakamba discusses the current debates over the future of cooperatives, with a focus on smallholder farmers and their future.  Is the cooperative model of the 1970s and 1980s still relevant?  Does this concept really need to be ‘re-imagined’?  The author argues that cooperatives are …

Africa’s land deals – FAO frustrated with lack of regulation

October 30th, 2012

This Guardian article gives an overview of the challenges in regulated land deals in Africa.  The director-general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, expressed frustration that there is little the FAO or other international organisations can do to manage or regulate such land deals, …

Opinion: Science and technology can drive development in Ghana

October 30th, 2012

Kwesi Atta Sakyi argues that ‘science and technology are the drivers of development.’ According to the author, science and technology competitions among students in Ghana must be encouraged, and the lack of adequate science books could be mitigated through better access to the internet for students. Moreover, a ‘paradigm shift’ …

African Journalists Needed!

October 24th, 2012

We are now taking applications from African journalists and editors in focus countries for the B4FA Media …

Kenya’s small farmers urged to invest in agribusiness

October 22nd, 2012

Recently the Agricultural Sector Development Forum called on Kenyan farmers to become more entrepreneurial and competitive in order to encourage small-scale economic development and increase Kenya’s food security. Conference participants criticised Kenya’s policies regarding agriculture, a sector that constitutes a significant portion of East Africa’s GDP.  The Agriculture Minister responded …

Ghana’s Food Security As A Result of Good Policies-Kwesi Ahwoi

October 19th, 2012

Ghana’s Food and Agriculture Minister stated that strong support and development of the agriculture sector has played a significant role in Ghana’s food security.  He also emphasised that supporting and providing training to farmers’ groups is an essential part of the government’s agriculture strategy.
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African farmers could soon grow virus-resistant cassava

October 19th, 2012

Cassava that resists two of the most severe viruses may soon reach Africa. Developed by researchers in Switzerland, a recently published story reveals that the new variety is successful at resisting the brown streak and mosaic viruses in addition to being drought resistant.  The researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of …

Governments tackle food price swings, disagree onstocks

October 16th, 2012

On World Food Day, agriculture ministers from over 30 countries gathered in Rome to discuss action to combat rising food prices and food insecurity. France’s proposal for global strategic grain stores was not supported by most ministers; however, ministers did agree that more transparency regarding commodity futures and international data …

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