Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

In 1962, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring drew attention to pesticides and their possible dangers to humans, birds, mammals and the environment. Some of her conclusions and warnings have not held up over time, but Silent Spring produced a movement that … Continue reading Pesticides and Food: It’s not a black or white issue — Part 1: Has pesticide use decreased?

Professor Kwame Offei appointed to serve as Jury Member for the GCHERA World Agriculture Prize

Director of the Biotechnology Centre and immediate past Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs), Prof. Kwame Offei, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Jury for the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences … Continue reading Professor Kwame Offei appointed to serve as Jury Member for the GCHERA World Agriculture Prize

Federal Executive Council approves ratification of plant genetic resources treaty

The Federal Executive Council of Nigeria has approved the ratification of the country’s membership of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, disclosed this while briefing journalists … Continue reading Federal Executive Council approves ratification of plant genetic resources treaty

Resilience in agriculture: An unfinished agenda for Malawi – now overshadowed by the pandemic

Growing up in the most southern tip of Malawi, I remember my ancestors practicing zero tillage, intercropping maize with pigeon peas, green beans, pumpkins and more. Later, these were characterized as “uncivilized” ways of farming, and they then adopted “civilized” … Continue reading Resilience in agriculture: An unfinished agenda for Malawi – now overshadowed by the pandemic

Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: learning more about it is urgent

Although soils are vital for agriculture, biodiversity and clean water, this below-ground world is often overlooked. The loss of life below the ground due to intensification of agriculture, climate change, erosion and compaction, among other things, is one of the … Continue reading Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: learning more about it is urgent

Key NORC report on child labour within cocoa supply reveals significant concerns still remain

According to confectionery production, there’s rarely a week within the confectionery and wider food and drink market that passes without a major breaking issue that proves of significant impact, and offers the industry plenty of reason to take a step … Continue reading Key NORC report on child labour within cocoa supply reveals significant concerns still remain

Yara Ghana to sponsor women’s training at WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards programme

A major and leading fertilizer producing company in Ghana, Yara Ghana, has disclosed its intention to sponsor the training of women at this year’s [2nd edition] annual Women In Food and Agriculture Leadership Training Forum and Expo (WOFAGRIC) and Gold In The Soil Awards which will place on Thursday 6th to Friday 7th August 2020, in Kumasi. Yara Ghana, since its inception, has supported women in agriculture enhancing events and will fund two major training sessions in production and market accessibility. Details in a recent press release issued by the organizing body, Agrihouse Foundation, indicate that the training session on … Continue reading Yara Ghana to sponsor women’s training at WOFAGRIC and Gold in the Soil Awards programme

‘I want to change the perception about agriculture’ … the story of how a former GIS student became a farmer

His choice of occupation surprised his friends. He went to an elite school in Accra. He continued abroad for both his first and second degrees. He could have stayed and got a far more ‘reputable’ job and earned good money. … Continue reading ‘I want to change the perception about agriculture’ … the story of how a former GIS student became a farmer