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Uganda: “Some Western countries do not need GMOs but we do”

October 12th, 2015 / AllAfrica

Recently, Daily Monitor published an opinion titled, “Future of Africa’s agriculture lies in sustainable green farming, not GMOs.” But Ugandans should not resist this technology simply because some Western countries have not accepted it. Let us not forget the countries that are resisting GMOs are food secure and are not …

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, …

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, …

‘Know GMO’ documentary, filming in Africa, challenges anti-GM scare campaign

October 5th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

Forthcoming documentary “Know GMO” aims to quiet the noisy debate around GMOs. Filmmakers were recently in Uganda to interview banana and cassava farmers, scientists and members of Parliament, those invested in seeking solutions to the diseases threatening staple plants in Africa. The film will focus on perspectives from scientists, policymakers …

Ugandan farmer awarded for encouraging 1,500 girls to farm passionfruit commercially

October 5th, 2015 / East African Business Week

Ugandan fruit farmer Eric Kaduru, whose company KadAfrica encourages and supports young people in taking up fruit farming, has won the 2015 Yara Prize, which recognizes outstanding contributions to African agriculture. “Africa needs to do more to foster entrepreneurial agriculture and the interests of women and youth in agriculture,” said …

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 …

Bringing African universities to farmers

September 21st, 2015 / Scidev.net/youtube.com

This video focuses on the work of researchers from Makerere University, Uganda, in Rakai district, an area of the country whose farmers are particularly prone to climate change-induced water vulnerability. As part of the WATERCAP project, they have helped transform local people’s lives. Through the introduction of low-tech innovations, …

Farmers in eastern, northern Uganda to get new greengram (mung bean) varieties

September 17th, 2015 / AllAfrica

In eastern and northern Uganda, greengram, popularly known as choroko in Ateso, has been cultivated and consumed a long time. Now, thanks to the Dryland Legume Research Programme, new varieties with such desirable characteristics as early maturation, drought tolerance and higher yields will be available to farmers towards the …

Ugandan scientists and journalists strive to find a middle ground

September 17th, 2015 / ISAAA

Scientists from Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization and Ugandan science journalists met on September 2-3, 2015, to discuss issues that have created rifts between the professions. Held in Kampala, the meeting helped attendees map out inherent differences that have resulted in miscommunication of agricultural biotechnology to the public, identify solutions, …

Farmers embracing irrigation, seed beds and fertilisers

September 16th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Most farmers in Uganda use rudimentary methods where they do not apply the often necessary agricultural inputs such as fertilisers. However, this trend is gradually changing with a number of them embracing certain farm practices such as irrigation, seed beds and fertilisers. One such farmer is Esau Okecho, a mixed …

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