Agriculture articles

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

Why “Namikonga” farmers’ variety can withstand devastating effects of deadly viral cassava disease

Scientists have now shed more light on how a farmers’ variety in Tanzania is able to tolerate the deadly viral Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) disease after infection, showing limited symptoms and impact on yield. The team have established that ‘Namikonga’ plants have a complex line of defense involving many biochemical pathways and genes that

Researchers employ SAH technology to speed up multiplication of cassava planting materials

Scientists working on cassava breeding now use the Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology to rev up the propagation of clean cassava planting materials. Using modified soil that holds plant roots in planting pots with little water, SAH has trays that are filled with a little amount of water, with the soil transporting the moisture up to

Pollination key to farming in Africa, National Museum of Kenya research shows

By Gitonga Njeru in Nairobi A research Project between the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) and Bayer AG, is showing that pollination is the answer to food security and other agricultural solutions. “We need to understand the role of pollinators in agriculture to increase food production and income of farmers. Farmers in semi-arid areas of

IITA reaffirms its commitment to transforming Africa’s agriculture as it marks its 50th Anniversary

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has vowed to redouble its efforts to transform Africa’s agriculture. This was expressed by IITA Director for Eastern Africa Dr Victor Manyong at a ceremony organized at the Institute’s Eastern Africa hub offices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, recently to mark its 50th anniversary. Dr Manyong assured guests

IITA research eases fears over yam supplies as Nigeria kicks off export

Research being conducted by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in seed yam multiplication promises to ensure Nigeria quadruples yam production, says Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe. Addressing reporters after a tour of IITA facilities including cassava fields on Wednesday, Chief Ogbe said the quality of research at IITA

Lack of skills, low wages disinterest African youth from Agriculture

Lack of skills, low wages, and limited access to land and financial services continue to disinterest Africa’s young people from Agriculture hence leading to high unemployment. According to FAO, in 2014 alone, about 11 million young Africans entered the labour market. But many see few opportunities in the agriculture sector. The Director-General of the UN

Agriculture is the way to become wealthy but it can’t happen the way our parents practiced, IITA says

Developing creative messages or methods that would attract young people to agriculture could help Africa to attract youth to agriculture and end the rising unemployment in the continent, says the Deputy Director General Partnership for Delivery, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr Kenton Dashiell today. In a message to journalists to mark the 2017

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