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Developing a clean system for sweetpotato and cassava: A Bio-Innovate Program initiative


In most of Africa, sweetpotato and cassava are the staple food and nutrition security crops that play a key role as food security and income generating crops particularly when the mainstream crops e.g. cereals have poor harvests. Cassava is versatile and can also be used for non-food purposes. Extracted starch and other derivatives are used […]

Agroforestry systems can repair degraded watersheds

NAIROBI, Kenya. (27 March 2014) —-Agroforestry, combined with land and water management practices that increase agricultural productivity, can save watersheds from degradation. A study conducted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in the Gabayan watershed in eastern Bohol, Philippines, has shown that agroforestry systems create a more sustainably managed watershed that allows people living there […]

Crop intensification and organic fertilizers can be a long-term solution to perennial food shortages in Africa

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Growing more food on the same size of land is key to increasing food production in Africa to meet the needs of an ever-growing population Farmers in Africa can increase their food production if they avoid over dependence on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and practice agricultural intensification – growing more food on the same amount of […]

Agroforestry can ensure food security and mitigate the effects of climate change in Africa

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Agroforestry can help to achieve climate change mitigation and adaptation while at the same time providing livelihoods for poor smallholder farmers in Africa. Scientists at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) say agroforestry – which is an integrated land use management technique that incorporates trees and shrubs with crops and livestock on farms – could be […]

Achieving food security for one million sub-Saharan African poor through push-pull innovation by 2020.

Achieving food security for one million sub-Saharan African poor through push-pull innovation by 2020. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2014;369(1639):20120284 Authors: Khan ZR, Midega CA, Pittchar JO, Murage AW, Birkett MA, Bruce TJ, Pickett JA Abstract Food insecurity is a chronic problem in Africa and is likely to worsen with climate change […]

Leap-frogging in African Agriculture: The Case of Genetically Modified Crops

Calestous Juma and Katherine Gordon argue that biotechnology has the potential to exponentially raise Africa’s agricultural production, increase food security, drive economic growth and save African farmers millions of dollars. Go to Source Tags: Genetically modified organism, biotechnology, Genetically modified food, molecular biology, Agriculture

The Ethiopian Approach to Food Security (Blog)

By Khalid Bomba & Dan Glickman Last year, a bipartisan group of 23 members of Congress, hosted by the Aspen Institute, travelled to Ethiopia to get a firsthand view of the progress the country was making in modernizing agricultureand smallholder farming. This was the largest congressional delegation to visit sub-Saharan Africa in decades—maybe ever. This trip […]