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Developments in rice aim to improve food security

Source: leadership.ng The Nigerian federal government has taken steps to stop the humongous capital flight associated with rice importation and ensure food security for the populace through the introduction of a nitrogen-use efficient and salt tolerant (NEWEST) rice. The NEWEST rice project, being coordinated by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation …

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Nigerian vice-president vows to tackle unemployment through agriculture and technology

Source: nationalaccordnewspaper.com The vice-president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has revealed the Federal Government’s intention of providing job opportunities for the nation’s teeming youths by improving technology and developing the agricultural sector. This was, as he stressed, that the present administration is committed to solving the power problem and encouraging small scale businesses …

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Nigeria’s Syngeta launches fast-acting pesticide

Source: businessdayonline.com To help the Federal Government’s agricultural diversification drive, Syngeta Nigeria has launched Ambligo, a new, fast-acting pesticide that could be used at any time, against many crop insects. These include Tuta absoluta, a deadly pest, which if not controlled could destroy up to 100% of the tomatoes in …

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Trends in the global rice trade

Historically, a small amount of rice is traded globally compared with other crops such as wheat, corn (maize), and soybeans. However, after remaining stagnant for almost two and a half decades, rice trade expanded in the late 1980s in the wake of trade liberalization in many countries and the General …

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ICRISAT investments in agricultural research yield high payoffs for the dryland poor

A growing pipeline of science-based agricultural innovations and impacts by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is impacting the lives of the dryland poor on a large scale, showing high returns on investment in agricultural research for development (AR4D) Source: ICRISAT In a 2014 impact assessment …

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African states should double agriculture research spending, report says

Sub-Saharan Africa needs to double its investment in agricultural research to meet the challenges of high population growth, climate change and deteriorating soils, a new report says Source: AllAfrica The report, by researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said the quality of research in sub-Saharan Africa, and …

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New project to boost yam production in West Africa

Smallholder farmers in the main yam-growing areas of West Africa will benefit from a new project that aims to develop new varieties of this crucial staple crop and enhance yam breeding capabilities and partnerships in the region. Source: IITA The five-year project, called “AfricaYam: Enhancing Yam Breeding for Increased Productivity …

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Study finds that orange maize improves vitamin A in children

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has established that ‘orange’ vitamin A maize increases vitamin A storage in the body. This maize has been conventionally bred (non-GMO) to have higher levels of beta-carotene, a naturally occurring plant pigment that the body then converts into vitamin A. …

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Star-studded movies to improve nutrition across Nigeria

Nigeria’s Nollywood’s top movie directors, in partnership with HarvestPlus, a global program to improve nutrition, have made four movies to entertain and inform Nigerians on how they can improve their diets and health. The movies premiered during the 11th Abuja International Film Festival on 24 September  2014. Source: IFPRI In …

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