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Food insecurity: No place at the dining table

Sustainable food policies

Sharing a meal is one basic need of humans but for too many the question “what’s for lunch” doesn’t have an easy answer. Food insecurity is the uncertainty of having enough food to eat daily and farmers in doubt of having sufficient food from harvest of most farming seasons. Flooding and drought add to the woes of farmers, leading 14 ...

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Climate change: Farmer raises concern over delayed rainfall

Farming

An organic farmer, Mr Uche Ikenga, has raised alarm over the delay in the coming of the 2020 rainy season in some parts of the country, saying it will negatively affect the year’s food production. Farming Ikenga, who said this in an on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Lagos, however, blamed the present climate change realities for the delayed rainfall ...

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Kwara farmers express concern over indiscriminate bush burning

AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Farmers in Ilorin have called on the Kwara State Government for urgent intervention over what he described as indiscriminate bush burning in parts of the state. Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State The farmers, who expressed worry amidst consistent bush burning in the state, spoke in Ilorin, the state capital, on Friday, January 29, 2021. Mr Babatunde Audu, one of ...

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Climate change: Experts advocate solar irrigation for female farmers, smallholders seek support

Women farmers

Some people see the effect of climate change as only experiencing heat instead of cold weather but, to a smallholder farmer like Comfort Oyadeji, the effects are somewhat devastating. Female smallholder farmers Irregular rainfalls cost her 100 per cent of her investment in her agricultural enterprise in the 2020 farming season, according to her. She said: “I did not make ...

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Farmers, scientists advocate use of biotechnology to boost food production

agricultural biotechnology

Following the impact of COVID-19 and banditry activities in the country, agriculturalists and scientists have advocated the use of biotechnology to be deployed to scale up food production in the country. Agricultural biotechnology involves the use of genetic engineering, molecular markers, diagnostics, vaccines, and tissue culture, to modify living organisms Some of the experts made this known during a webinar ...

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Nigeria: Agriculture and nation building

rice-farming

For a country to be ideally independent, it must be self-sufficient. When a country has difficulty in producing what it consumes, then there is imbalance of trade and that will affect the per-capital income of the country. Rice farming If a country cannot achieve self-sufficiency in technology, resources, or other sectors due to environmental location and/or other factors, it should ...

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Expert links cognitive decline to use of agricultural pesticides

Indian farmer

Prof. Suleiman Ambali of the University of Ilorin, Kwara State in Nigeria has warned that use of organophosphate pesticides, especially by arable and livestock farmers, could cause psychomotor and cognitive dysfunction. An Indian farmer uses pesticide on his fields in 2015. Some farmers have reportedly died in Maharashtra from poisonous spray. Photo credit: AFP/NOAH SEELAM Organophosphate insecticides are a type of pesticide that ...

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Partnership to educate farmers on use of GM cowpea technology

Cowpea

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is collaborating with the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) to provide useful and timely information to farmers across Nigeria on the appropriate use of the PBR Cowpea technology. Cowpea The PBR Cowpea (SAMPEA 20-T), a genetically modified cowpea variety, developed by the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in ...

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AfDB supports Nigerian youths with dry season farming irrigation technologies

Ayuba Abimiku, a young rice farmer at Gidan Mai-Akuya community in Nasarawa State, North-central Nigeria, is excited. Nigerian youth farmers Ayuba is witnessing the operation of a pressured plastic-piped sprinkler for the first time. “This system allows for proper water management and the farmer can determine the right amount of water needed in the field per time,” he enthused. “With ...

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Farm practices must change to protect endangered species, habitats

Scott Vaughan

Sustainable agriculture practices must be widely implemented in order to stem an alarming loss of biodiversity and to protect endangered species. This is according to the “Standards and Biodiversity” report released recently by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Agricultural production currently accounts for 40 per cent of global land surface and is responsible for 70 per cent of projected losses ...

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