Africa gets new center for agricultural innovation

By Christophe Assogba [COTONOU, BENIN] A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …

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How red meat has become leaner in South Africa over the last four decades

Nicolette Hall, University of Pretoria Understanding the composition of food and its chemical content is the first step to managing your diet well. It is particularly important to know the composition of meat, since the fat content of meat has changed over time. Our research shows that: different species have different fat content; that this …

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It’s true: what a sheep eats affects the taste of your lamb roast

Nicolette Hall, University of Pretoria For those who enjoy a meaty spread during the festive season, it’s worth knowing that not all lamb tastes the same. It depends on where it comes from, and what it has been eating. South African folklore has long suggested that sheep meat in the country has a distinct – …

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US$4 million project to control lethal maize disease

By Gilbert Nakweya [NAIROBI] A new project has been launched to control the spread of a lethal viral disease which affects maize yields and threatens food security in many Sub-Saharan Africa countries. The project for tackling maize lethal necrosis (MLN), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was launched at a workshop …

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Cancer and meat – too much hype?

Nicolette Hall, University of Pretoria and Hester Carina Schönfeldt, University of Pretoria The World Health Organisation’s report warning of the link between processed meat and an increased cancer risk has taken the globe by storm and resulted in a flurry of overwhelmingly negative publicity around meat and meat products. According to the International Agency for …

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