Southern Africa helps drive cereal production upsurge

Strong production gains in the Southern African and Far East Asian regions have pushed up the 2017 annual cereal output of Low-Income Food Deficit Countries (LIFDC), a leading global food security agency has said. LIFDCs are defined based on the level of annual national per capita gross national income (GNI),…

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Aflatoxin poisoning poses health risks for Ugandan grain consumers

Researchers from the Makerere University in Kampala have warned that Ugandans are at high risk of contracting liver cancers and hepatitis B after laboratory tests revealed high concentrations of fungi-produced aflatoxin in staple food crops that include maize, millet, sorghum and cowpea. According to a report released by Professor Archileo…

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Alternative planting options – consider indigenous crops for the new season

Current thinking asks that farmers look at the possibilities created by planting a more diverse range of crops by including indigenous crop lines. Africa’s indigenous crops have been largely neglected for decades, with exotic crops like maize being the dominant crops. According to Reliefweb, over 29 million people still suffered…

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Conservation agriculture: Do cover crops dry out soil?

Don’t let the supposed fear of moisture loss keep you from cultivating cover crops, says Gabe Brown, cover crop pioneer from the US state of North Dakota. He plants all his cash crops in grazed cover crops. Brown says the last season was the driest in decades in the region.…

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