Alliances in cassava R&D will aid food security

By Gilbert Nakweya [YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] Strengthening collaborations among institutions and small-scale cassava farmers could help Central Africa reduce hunger and foster nutrition security, experts say. Research scientists from academic institutions and policymakers say that collaborations in research and development would promote innovation to address the challenges of nutrition insecurity such as stunting in children. The …

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Online project stirring students’ interest in science

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] An online initiative that connects secondary school students and scientists in Kenya is helping improve the standards of science education. The initiative known as “I am a Scientist, Get me out of here” is part of the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme’s community engagement work. “[The initiative] is a …

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Cassava farming could ‘transform economies’ in Central Africa

By Gilbert Nakweya [YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] A newly established regional forum on cassava for Central African countries aims to facilitate dialogue to improve how to add value to cassava farming. Ministers of agriculture and rural development from Cameroon, Central African Republic and Gabon are optimistic that agriculture could transform the region into a semi-industrial economy, with …

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Africa told to improve informal seed sector

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Africa’s informal seed sector has been neglected for a long time despite providing 80 per cent of seeds that smallholder farmers use, a conference has heard. According to experts who attended the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference in Kenya last month (19-20 September), developing the formal and informal …

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How technology can mitigate climate change impacts

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] Sub-Saharan Africa needs to increase adoption of agricultural technology to mitigate climate change and increase food security, experts say. The experts who were addressing the opening session of the 5th congress of the Seed Trade Association of Kenya (STAK) said that although climate change is threatening the agricultural sector on the …

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