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Indigenous vegetables ‘boost food security in Nigeria’

Indigenous vegetables grown by rural farmers in Africa have the potential to improve food security, nutrition and incomes on the continent, researchers in Nigeria say.

In a paper presented on underutilised vegetables project in Nigeria during the Research to Feed Africa Symposium in Naivasha, Kenya, last month (23-27 June), the researchers note that research systems have failed to prioritise indigenous vegetable species despite their immense potential.

The researchers say they selected six underused indigenous vegetables— African nightshade, eggplant, scarlet eggplant, local celery, fluted pumpkin and local amaranth — based on their food values, consumer acceptability, marketing potential and amenability to agronomic practices.

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Liberia: ‘Self-Sufficiency in Poultry Product’

The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Florence Chenoweth yesterday was full of praise as regard the poultry industry in the country particularly with improvement works at the Obasanjo Farms Liberia Incorporated.

The improvement work at the farm is geared towards self-sufficiency in poultry production in the country as being disclosed by the agriculture minister.

Speaking during a visit to the farm Sunday, Minister Chenoweth lauded the managerial team of Obasanjo Farm Liberia Incorporated for the production of fresh eggs on the Liberian market.

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Gambia: Agriculture & Development – Ghana Women Farmer Organisation Visits Gambian Farmers

Ghana women Farmers Network Organization (FONG) recently paid a five-day exchange visit to the National Coordinating Organization for Women Association the Gambia NACOFAG wing women.

The delegation was received by NACOFAG officials at the Banjul International Airport and a meeting was conveyed on Wednesday 16 July 2014, at the NACOFAG office in Brikama.

According to officials of NACOFAG, the visit was undertaken to meet with the NACOFAG women to discuss and share ideas about farming, food processing, trading, vegetable garden, fish processing, and livestock management, particularly processing, smoking, and drying of fish with a view to making key recommendations on the way forward.

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Kenya: EU Release Sh 500 Million to Counties Affected By Poor Rains

The European Union has released Sh 500 million to be distributed to counties experiencing poor rains in a bid to prevent food shortage. The money will be channeled through the National Drought Management Agency.

Head of Development at the EU in Kenya Erik Habers said the funds are expected to be immediately dispersed to 23 arid and semi-arid Counties to reduce the impact of unusually low rainfall on livestock and livelihoods.

Habers said a further Sh 650 million will be provided soon for further drought mitigation activities. Habers in a statement added that the funds are from the Drought Contingency kitty that is aimed at responding to impending drought and is the first of its type in Africa.

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Namibia: Boran Takes Centre Stage

Windhoek — The display of Boran cattle by Kenyan breeders at the upcoming Okamatapati Industrial and Agricultural show has been greeted with great excitement by communal and emerging farmers of the Ongombe Show Association.

Chief organiser of the event to be held in August in Otjiwarongo, Albert Tjihero, says at least one of the foremost breeders of Boran cattle will showcase these hardy animals and put them up for sale at an auction during the show.

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Kenya Moves Closer to GM Maize

Kenya is inching closer to the commercialisation of a drought-tolerant maize variety developed using the controversial genetic modification technology.

Local and international scientists estimate that the maize variety will be ready for farmers’ sampling in three years time.

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) has harvested its confined field trials, the fifth since the experiments started in 2010, which impressed scientists.

In such experiments, confined trials are conducted for seven seasons, and then subjected to National Performance Trials for two seasons.

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Zimbabwe: Harness Biotech for National Food Security

Food insecurity remains the biggest threat not only to Zimbabwe, but to Africa as a whole. By 2050, Africa’s population will more than double to 2,4 billion and will need to be fed, along with the billions of animals raised annually for food and as pets. Pollution will intensify, contributing to climate change and low agricultural production among our smallholder farmers.

The picture is grim. At present, much of Africa is a net importer of maize and other food crops, a development that is costing our countries billions of dollars annually.

We are richly endowed with vast tracts of land but we are not investing in agricultural biotechnology to boost crop yields and to promote more efficient food production.

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