Author Archives: Everlyne Situma

Stem borer pest attacks to reduce with new technology

Jul. 19, 2016 By AGATHA NGOTHO , @agathangotho Dr Murenga Mwimali a scientist from Kalro explains about the experiment of developing a variety that is resistant to the stem borer at the confined field trial site in Kitale. Farmers in … Continue reading

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AATF, Ultravetis Bring Climate-Smart Maize Hybrids to Farmers in E.A

WEMA’s goal is to deliver climate smart technologies to farmers in Africa. By AATF The Water Efficient for Africa (WEMA) breeding programme has built its reputation over the last decade as a credible maize improvement project in Sub-Saharan Africa. Apart from developing … Continue reading

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Why not plant these seeds for a bumper harvest?

Seeds of Gold, Daily Nation Friday April 29 2016 Your latest kid on the block on matters seeds is Elgon Prestige 02 (WE1101). What are some of its defining features? This seed is a product of the partnership between the … Continue reading

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DroughtTEGO, Boon for Western Kenya farmers

  December , 2015 By Evelyn Situma Jotham’s maize yield has increased from 10 kilograms to 10 bags of 90kg maize from when he started farming DroughtTEGO™ maize hybrid developed by Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project in 2014. … Continue reading

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Science council okays GM maize trials in Uganda

Daily Monitor Jan 27, 2016 By Ismail Musa Ladu Approval for trials of genetically modified (GM) maize has been granted by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology, Daily Monitor has learnt. The confined field trial is to test whether … Continue reading

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Researchers give nod to GM maize trials

By JAMES KARIUKI Monday, February 15 2016 Emanuel Ber, 5, plays with yellow maize at their home in Rachuonyo, Homa Bay County, on January 19, 2016. National Biosafety Authority has approved cultivation trials for GMO maize. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO … Continue reading

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Our scientists have scored high in this field. We move with our heads high.

  Sunday Akile addresses the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Kampala. (Credit: Christopher Bendana) KAMPALA – Sunday Akile, the programme officer for legal and policy biosafety at the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), has lauded Ugandan scientists doing … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Focus on Crops Suitable for Sub-Saharan Africa Facing Longer Arid Stretches

By Sukhbir Dhillon 04/04/2016 Acute food shortage has threatened the forty eight countries which make up sub-Saharan Africa. The reasons have been many, starting from climate change, government policy and farming practices like generations of subsistence farming which has depleted … Continue reading

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Finding common ground in the debate about African agriculture

By Catherine Cheney 17 March 2016 Farmers examine disease-resistant varieties of wheat during an agricultural exhibit at Eldoret University in Kenya. How can African farmers enhance their productivity and increase their resilience to climate change without compromising the health of … Continue reading

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Sowing the Seeds of a Farm Boom in Africa

By Alan Bjerga Bloomberg BusinessWeek March 31, 2016 — 9:39 PM AST Farmers in Kenya harvest corn from Monsanto’s Water Efficient Maize for Africa project. Source: Monsanto The 48 countries that make up sub-Saharan Africa have increasingly acute food needs … Continue reading

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