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Global wheat experts to address challenges facing global wheat supply at Morocco meeting

Global wheat experts to address challenges facing global wheat supply at Morocco meeting

Leading wheat researchers from all over the world will convene for a workshop in Morocco to discuss challenges that face global wheat production, and how to breed high yielding varieties that are better able to resist diseases and tolerate heat and drought. The meeting holds against the background of rapidly changing climate and evolving pathogens

East African Agri-businesses: How farmers can boost their global competitiveness through tech

East African food and agricultural businesses can elevate their productivity and profitability by adopting modern business management solutions that enable them to streamline business processes and get better visibility into business performance. However, they need to adopt solutions that are tailored to the needs of their niche in the agriculture market, whether that is coffee,

Nigeria’s future looks brighter with IITA innovations, says Nigeria’s agriculture think tank

  Research and innovations being developed at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) hold promise, and could transform Nigeria’s agricultural narrative, says Nigeria’s agricultural think-tank, the Nigeria Agribusiness Group (NABG). The think tank, which comprises eminent persons drawn from Nigeria’s private sector players in the agricultural value chain and led by its Vice president,

Zero Hunger: IITA set to offer solution to weed menace as stakeholders raise concerns  

A team of researchers working on the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture-managed Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) have said findings from the five-year project will respond and address the problems of weeds especially in cassava farming systems. The challenge of weeds on Nigeria’s agricultural productivity was brought to the fore at the meeting of the

Global cassava coalition wants support for cassava transformation in Africa

Ahead of the international conference on cassava, the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) has called on policy makers, donors and the international community to support all efforts that will bring about cassava transformation in Africa. The call is coming at a time when cassava is becoming central to food security of over

Obasanjo and governors highlight gains of Zero Hunger initiative

Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, said recently he was impressed with the impact the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum (NZHF) was making especially in promoting healthy competition among states with a view to achieving food security. Speaking at the NZHF meeting in Ebonyi state, President Obasanjo said he see a healthy competition between states as

Tech used to prevent spread of Zika and Ebola to tackle “forest fire” wheat rust epidemics

By Clifford Akumu The same device that helped control the Zika and Ebola viruses, could soon be used to tackle devastating wheat rust epidemics that are threatening global food security, thanks in part to a US$100k research grant awarded by the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture. The “laptop lab” technology will be used

Kenyan Youths vouch for Ecological Farming

By George Okore   Kenyan students want their government to take urgent steps to safe-guard the country’s food security and protect consumers from the threats of a broken food system. Youths from eight Kenyan universities, joined other stakeholders in celebrating today’s World Food Day (WFD),  urged Kenyan government to putting in place policies that are

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