Category: 2021

Bridging the knowledge gap in agricultural biotechnology

Burkinabe broadcast journalist Jeremie Ouedraogo has brought a remarkable sense of civic duty to covering the agriculture beat. His quest for a food-secure Burkina Faso prompted him to launch PLANÈTE AGRICULTURE magazine that brings new knowledge, data and skills to decision-makers on agriculture. Responding to the access to information challenge for people in his country, […]

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TRIBUNE ONLINE: New Era Of Celebration For Nigerian Cowpea Farmers

Nigeria’s quest to increase beans production to meet national demand received a major boost last year with the introduction of Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) cowpea variety by scientists at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, in collaboration with the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF). Previously, beans farmers in the country experienced low yield following […]

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NIGERIAN TRIBUNE: NEWEST Rice Key In Addressing Poor Yield

Rice sufficiency has been one of the cardinal targets of the present government and successive governments, where billions of Naira had been injected into buying rice seeds and inputs. Rice is one of the key staple foods in Nigeria and Africa generally. Families in Nigeria ensure they eat rice during festive periods; some families process […]

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Why Africa needs Technology and Innovation to improve productivity

By Vitumbiko Chinoko. The Second Africa-Wide Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) recently held in Kigali, Rwanda, concluded with an urgent call for African governments, regional economic communities and continental organs including the African Union, African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and non-state actors including the private sector to sustain the […]

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Improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through technology

By Dr Munyaradzi Jonga. The availability of quality seeds is critical to enhance crop productivity for a food and nutrition secure continent. However, this has remained a challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region due to challenges brought about by drought, pest and diseases that have hampered productivity. Nevertheless, there is still huge potential to maximize […]

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A journey from desperation to independence

Unlike the bright-eyed optimism wielded by many school leavers, Jacob Kuya of Kakamega County, Butere sub-county in Marama central ward was facing a future of bleak prospects. His parents separated in 2018 and deserted their home just after he joined high school at the age of 14. The house on the compound was demolished, throwing […]

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GM COWPEA TO TRANSFORM NIGERIA

Farmers around the world are using innovations in plant science to increase crop yields, improve sustainability and combat food insecurity. For example, Nigerian farmers are now planting genetically modified (GM) cowpeas that resist their greatest insect pest. This has the potential to increase yields by as much as 80 percent! In December 2019, the government of Nigeria […]

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