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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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KEY LESSONS FROM NIGERIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL OF TELA MAIZE

In October this year (2021), Africa recorded a milestone in crop biotech development when the Federal Government of Nigeria granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new maize variety genetically modified to tolerate moderate drought and resist the fall armyworm and stem borer. This development places Nigeria one step closer […]

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Extension services key for agricultural transformation in Africa

[Munyonyo, November 17, 2021]: Scientists, agriculture extension providers, policy makers and other stakeholders across the globe met on the sidelines of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) Agricultural Extension Week held in Uganda to share experiences on sustainable partnerships for commercialisation and deployment of agricultural technologies in Africa. The AATF side event discussed […]

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