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New analyses of cassava brown streak virus genome sequences may hasten dev of disease-free cassava

October 9th, 2015 / PLOS One

Cassava brown streak disease is caused by two devastating viruses, Cassava brown streak virus and Ugandan cassava brown streak virus, which frequently infecting one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most important staple food crops. In this new research, 12 new whole genomes were uncovered, doubling the genomic sequences available in the public …

Gambia: National cassava development strategy validated with FAO

October 9th, 2015 / AllAfrica

The FAO, the Gambia’s Ministry of Agriculture and other stakeholders have validated the National Cassava development strategy document, intended to help transform cassava production and make it an economic commercial-oriented sector. The government has requested the support of FAO to develop cassava because the country’s economic growth has been stifled …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 October 2015

October 7th, 2015 / B4FA.org

Agricultural leaders and experts met last week in Lusaka, Zambia, for the 2015 African Green Revolution Forum. Themed “Walking the Talk on Youth and Women: Bringing Inclusive Agricultural Markets to Life,” the summit focused on engaging Africa’s fast-growing youth population in the continent’s agribusiness industry as a way of providing jobs, …

Why smart agricultural development is needed in Africa’s savannas

October 7th, 2015 / The Conversation

The vast, 700 million hectare belt of savannas encircling Africa’s equatorial rainforests are considered to be low cost areas for agricultural expansion, based simply on the fact that they are not forests. While these savannas have decent farming potential, converting Africa’s savannas may have high environmental costs.
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How African agriculture exchange internships w/ Israel benefit university students

October 7th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru

Hard-working students are being selected to participate in an exchange internship programme to Israel where they are expected to learn advanced skills in agriculture. The Israeli initiative is open to African countries mainly in West and Central Africa. The first Ugandan students to benefit from this initiative were 41 students, …

Reliable data is the answer to Africa’s $1 trillion agriculture opportunity

October 6th, 2015 / Quartz Africa

Africa has more than half of the world’s unused arable land, yet Brazil, Indonesia, and Thailand currently export more food products than all of sub-Saharan Africa combined. But the potential for growth is there. What’s needed is for investors and farmers to be better educated about markets, which requires high-quality …

Growing the seeds of change in Zambia

October 5th, 2015 / AllAfrica

A photoessay documenting the Pache Pache Seed Growers Association in Zambia, who grow improved seed with the support of Afriseeds – a seed company initially funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The association grows a number of bean varieties, cowpeas, soya, groundnuts and maize and …

Africa’s agriculture needs young blood, says report

October 5th, 2015 / BBC

A report produced by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and presented last week at the African Green Revolution Forum in Zambia called for modernising land-tenure systems, access to finance, and the image of farming as an industry in order to encourage Africa’s young people to enter …

Biotech strategies to enhance plants’ natural response to drought

October 2nd, 2015 / ISB News Report, US

How do plants deal with flood and drought? They cope by triggering different strategies. Water deficit and water excess are major factors affecting plants yield worldwide. To cope with such factors, plants trigger physiological and biochemical changes allowing them to survive for a limited period of time. See …

Stakeholders from Africa visit Bt cotton fields in India

October 2nd, 2015 / ISAAA, US

Delegates from 29 East and South African cotton growing countries participate in a week long study tour to Bt cotton fields in India from September 27 to October 2, 2015. The “Seeing is believing” study tour is being conducted by the South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC), New Delhi, in …

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