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Cassava Flour Saving Nigeria $773.2m Annually

Ventures Africa - ‎cách đây 15 giờ‎
The Nigerian government has been advocating the inclusion of cassava flour in the baking of bread in the country to reduce the dependence of the country on the importation of flour.

Tiny wasp tasked with saving Indonesia's cassava crop from fuzzy devastating pest

Fox News - ‎23-09-2014‎
Pest pink cassava mealybugs are shown in a laboratory at Bogor Agricultural University in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, Wednesday, Sept.

Cassava Flour Policy Saves Nigeria N127 Billion Annually

Vanguard - ‎02-10-2014‎
THE Federal Government's policy on the use of 20 per cent High Quality Cassava Flour, HQCF, for baking bread saves the nation N127 billion annually.

Indonesia Cassava Might Be Saved By Parasitic Wasp

Science 2.0 - ‎26-09-2014‎
The use of the parasitic wasps to control cassava mealybugs is a textbook case of classical biological control, in which the natural enemies of a pest are imported from its native country to slow its spread.

Cassava Virus Dents Farmers Hopes

AllAfrica.com - ‎29-09-2014‎
Vital Rwibasira secured a Rwf22 million bank loan and invested it in a hitherto lucrative venture, cassava growing. The resident of Kinazi Sector, Ruhango District expected to reap big and improve his livelihood.

Caribbean adopting new technologies in cassava production

Jamaica Observer - ‎23-09-2014‎
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) - Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries have received training in the implementation of new technologies for cassava production, with the aim of improving competitiveness and promoting technological innovations ...

Minister promotes cassava growing

New Vision - ‎16-09-2014‎
He added that they were negotiating with investors to set up a cassava-processing factory in Nebbi district. Omach, through the Petroleum Institute for Proactive Action (PIPA), have embarked on a campaign to promote the growing of cassava in Nebbi.

Nigeria: Farmers accuse Cassava Growers Association of cheating

FreshPlaza - ‎01-10-2014‎
According to a statement, the group said its members applied for the loan individually from the BOA, Fugar in Etsako central local government in Edo State in April 2014 to cultivate cassava, but stressed that the loan is yet to be disbursed by the ...

HarvestPlus honors Dr Dixon, others for efforts on biofortified cassava with ...

Africa Science News Service - ‎03-10-2014‎
HarvestPlus, the organization leading global effort to end hidden hunger, has given an award to Dr Alfred Dixon, known by his peers as “Dr.

Cassava Flour: FG Saves N127bn Annually – Adesina

Leadership Newspapers - ‎30-09-2014‎
The federal government, through the minister of agriculture and rural development, Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has said Nigeria saves N127 billion annually through the use of High Quality Cassava Flour (HQCF) in making bread. He also said the use of HQCF will ...

Nollywood, NGO Promote Adoption of Cassava

AllAfrica.com - ‎25-09-2014‎
This has culminated in the production of movies aimed at helping locals improve their diets and health using Vitamin A-enriched cassava. The movies will premiere later on Wednesday at the 11 th Abuja International Film Festival. The movies feature ...

Cassava leaves, roots show promise against colon cancer, heart attack, others

The Guardian Nigeria - ‎17-09-2014‎
Can cassava leaves and roots extract provide the elusive cure for colon, prostate and bladder cancers? Can tiny tubes made from cassava root extract help treat angina and prevent some of the side-effects of existing treatments? CHUKWUMA MUANYA writes ...

ON THE FARM: Amuria farmer earns UShs 80M off 65 acre cassava farm

NTV Uganda - ‎17-09-2014‎
Augustine Akutu from Amuria district has been growing cassava for ten years and he has used the proceeds to acquire more land.

Vitamin a Cassava Features in New Nollywood Movies

AllAfrica.com - ‎28-09-2014‎
Nigeria's Nollywood got four unusual additions to its array of productions last week Wednesday, with the premiere of movies in that number that promote improved diets and health, including the Vitamin A cassava variety. The movies unveiled at the 11th ...

FAO, Nari Try Jammeh Sanctioned Cassava Varieties

AllAfrica.com - ‎25-09-2014‎
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in partnership with the National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI) has launched a trial programme for three new Gabonese-type cassava varieties on the request of the president of the Republic, His ...

SON To Review Cassava Flour Standard To Benefit SMEs

Leadership Newspapers - ‎25-09-2014‎
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Thursday said that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) would play major role in the newly drafted standards for cassava products in the country. Dr Joseph Odumodu, the Director General of SON, said this ...

Tame Deadly Cassava Disease Urgently

AllAfrica.com - ‎25-09-2014‎
A viral disease, cassava brown streak disease, which has ravaged cassava plantations in the Southern Province, continues to spread unabated.

Path to improved agriculture financing in Nigeria, by Santuraki

The Guardian Nigeria - ‎07-09-2014‎
We are the fund managers for the N2.8 billion that is dedicated to cassava production and with this fund; we are going to impact on about 15,000 cassava farmers. On our own, we are also supporting cassava farmers through our normal operations ...

Cassava Farmers In Gomoa East Undergo Training

spyghana.com - ‎30-09-2014‎
Over six hundred cassava growers in the Gomoa East District in the Central Region have undergone a one day training programme on the prospects the crop and its effect.

Nigeria to spend $200m on rice, cassava processing plants

StarAfrica.com - ‎11-09-2014‎
Adesina explained that the six cassava processing plants with a total capacity of 180,000 metric tonnes would to be sited in Ondo, Ogun, Abia, Delta, Cross River and Abia states.

Crop Biotech Update
October 1, 2014
The 7th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which also serves as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COM-MOP7), opened on September 29, 2014 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Participants of the 5-day meeting include representatives from government, civil society, and industry.
One of the objectives of the meeting is to adopt further decisions to ensure safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs). It will also advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol through the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol (2011-2020). The delegates will also discuss issues relating to the financial mechanism and resources for the implementation of Cartagena Protocol, the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol; risk assessment and risk management; socio-economic considerations concerning LMOs; assessment and the review of the effectiveness of the Cartagena Protocol.
For more details, visit http://www.cbd.int/doc/press/2014/pr-2014-09-29-bscopmop7-en.pdf.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) Director General José Graziano da Silva is urging support for science-based options to attain global food security. Speaking at the opening of the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) in Rome, da Silva called for a 'paradigm shift' in global attitudes on agriculture, adding that only by decreasing the amounts of agricultural inputs, such as water and chemicals, could the sector move towards a more sustainable and productive long-term path.
He said that options including agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms, would help meet the expected demand from an anticipated world population of nine billion by 2050.
According to da Silva, the previous input-intensive model cannot be used anymore as the solutions of the past have shown their limits. "We need to explore these alternatives using an inclusive approach based on science and evidence, not on ideologies," he added.
For more details, read the FAO news release at: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/250148/icode/.
A scientific review article titled "Prevalence and Impacts of Genetically Engineered Feedstuffs on Livestock Population" shows the impact of GM crops as a feed component for animals. This review study is led by Alison Van Eennaam and Amy Young, animal scientists from the University of California, Davis. The article summarizes the influence of GM crops used as a feed component in the performance and health of animals consuming it from its first introduction in year 1996 up to 2013. Their study also involved examining the livestock feeding studies over 30 years and encompasses about 100 billion animals.
Their findings show that GM feeds did not affect the health and productivity of livestock animals. The products of animals fed with GM feeds showed the same nutritional component as the products of animals fed with non-GM feeds.
Read more this article at: http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=11038.
University of Adelaide research scientist Matthew Tucker is changing the developmental path of grain in cereal crops to better influence yield and quality. Tucker will be taking advantage of plant cells' ability to change identity as the plant develops, to determine how to create cereal grains that are healthier to eat and produces more yield.
Tucker said, "I'm trying to identify the pathways that drive cells to become different. We'll be looking to identify natural variants in these pathways that can be used to purposely change cell types in the developing cereal grain."  A potential outcome of Tucker's work could be increased antioxidant levels in wholegrain or wholemeal flour. He added that there is tremendous potential to bring the healthy compound-making ability to cereals, which would also help develop a sustainable way of growing healthier foods.
For more, read the news release at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news73542.html.
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Time to break free from the ‘yield gap trap’

CIATs new strategic initiative to reduce yield gaps for sustainable intensification of agriculture is kicking-off by stepping back and asking some vital questions to help us rethink yield gaps and consider socio-economic constraints and whole system productivity. 
Who wants to close the gap and why? Specifically whose yield gap do we want to address? Are we asking the right questions to the right people? Do we have the idea of “closing” the gap and limiting the discussion to a “yield” gap all wrong?
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UN awards "big data" project

CIAT scientists wielding big data tools to blunt the impacts of climate change on Latin America’s rice production have been named one of two winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, awarded at the United Nations Climate Summit that took place on 23 September in New York City. The other winner is the World Resource Institute’s Global Forest Watch.
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Haiti: Pathways to adaptation

There is broad consensus that climate change is having serious effects on agricultural production in Haiti. Now is the time to take strategic measures to avoid immediate and future economic losses, and detrimental social and environmental impacts. By bringing together key stakeholders, CRS seeks to initiate a dialogue aimed at promptly adapting the country’s agricultural sector.
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Saving the ugly cousins

“Crop wild relatives are like the ‘ugly cousins’ of the crops as we know them, with differentiating traits useful for agriculture”. Understanding them is important for agriculture as these species can have characteristics useful for improving the crops that we depend upon, especially under challenging conditions including climate change and reduced availability of inputs like water and fertilizers.
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Climate-proofing rice in Vietnam

Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) was a major topic at Climate Week NYC from 22-28 September 2014, where a number of events took place in support of the UN Climate Summit. This post is part of a wider initiative to bring Climate-Smart Agriculture under the spotlight, spearheaded by the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program, led by CIAT, as one example of CSA in action. 
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Up to more good in the Amazon

A CIAT-led project in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon supported by Germany will launch next month as part of the International Climate Initiative. The Amazon represents a major sustainability challenge. Germany’s strategic investment will help put the two nations on a pathway towards sustainable development and empower people to better manage natural resources.
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Feeding Rwanda's livestock revolution

More than 200,000 Rwandan farmers have received free cows under the Governments’ One cow per poor family programme since 2006. The move has kick-started small scale milk production, bringing new incomes, manure for crops, and meat and milk. Scientists from CIAT, BecA and KARI are working with farmers and the Rwanda Agricultural Board to identify drought adapted forages to increase yields.
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CIAT develops multipurpose forage genotypes that possess high nutritional value and good adaptation to major pests, diseases and physical constraints. Improved livestock feed has enabled farmers in Xiang khouang Province, Laos, to earn a better income.
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