Reality check for ‘miracle’ biofuel crop

The hardy jatropha tree as a biofuel source may not be the panacea for smallholders that some have claimed, say Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku. It...

Africa lays foundations for commercial GM crops

African nations should support proposed regional policy guidelines on GM technology, says an editorial in Nature. Under the new proposal from the Common Market for Eastern and...

AFRICA: Thinking big on climate change modelling

ADDIS ABABA, 13 October 2010 (IRIN) - If African countries had had the capacity to do climate change projections, their data could have been...

Uganda starts ‘historic’ trials on GM staple crop

Ugandan researchers will carry out a series of field trials on some of the major food crops that have been genetically modified (GM),...

Water storage requires evidence-based approach

Coping with climate change requires a greater understanding of the options for water storage, writes hydrology expert Matthew McCartney. The lack of water is a major...

Green Revolution plan agreed at Ghana meeting

A private sector-led drive to contribute to a 'Green Revolution' in Africa took a step forward last week with the agreement of a "very...

New maize could prepare farmers for climate change

New varieties of drought-tolerant maize could deliver a US$1.5 billion gain in food and income in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as helping smallholders...

Maximising Africa’s bioenergy potential

African bioenergy projects must focus on new technologies and receive stronger political support, says biofuel expert Emile van Zyl. Africa has immense potential when it...

South Africa: Entrepreneur of the year has passion for rural areas

Pretoria - A Limpopo woman has walked away with the 2010 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award pledging to make an impact on the...

South Africa: Women honoured for water projects

Durban - South African women who have contributed towards protecting and conserving water sources in communities have been acknowledged by government through the Women...

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