Last month, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture released the 2010 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grants request for applications (RFA). View full announcement: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri_rfa.html. We are interested in hearing your view on the RFAs.
Exploring the use of wastewater in agriculture
With food demand and water scarcity on the uptick, it`s time to stop treating wastewater like garbage and instead manage it as a resource that can be used to grow crops and help address water scarcity in agriculture. In California, wastewater is sanitized and blended with groundwater, supporting large-scale crop production.Properly managed, wastewater can be used safely to support crop production — directly through irrigation or indirectly by recharging aquifers — but doing so requires diligent...
TAHA to promote horticulture value chain in Tanzania at Agritech Expo in Arusha
“The horticulture value chain in Tanzania has a number of opportunities that ranges from manufacturers, processors input dealers, packaging industry and exporters. It is a sector that needs to be promoted to solve the unemployment crisis in our country, youth and women should consider this industry if they want to make a contribution.” This is according to Jacqueline Mkindi, Chief Executive Officer of TAHA, the Tanzania Horticultural Association. TAHA is an official host partner of the upcoming...
UF/IFAS researcher to lead $1 million study to increase global wheat production
A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher will lead a nearly $1 million project to increase worldwide wheat yield potential to help feed an anticipated 9.5 billion people globally by the year 2050. To do this, Md Ali Babar, a UF/IFAS agronomy assistant professor and his team of researchers, hope to increase the harvest index from 45 to 60 percent, which translates to much more wheat. The harvest index quantifies a crop’s yield versus the amount of biomass – shoots...
SAGCOT on agri in Tanzania: “Someday agriculture will truly uplift the country and the region at large”
Tanzania’s Development Vision 2025 and ASDS (Agricultural Sector Development Strategy) established clear priorities for the transformation process towards a modern commercial Tanzania to be private sector-led. This is according to Mr. Geoffrey Kirenga, CEO of the SAGCOT Centre Ltd, (Southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania), a public-private partnership that seeks to develop the agricultural sector of Tanzania by fostering responsible agribusiness investments in the country’s southern corridor.SAGCOT...
Pieralisi Group Opening His Business To Pakistan
On 12th and 13th December at Bari Chakwal (Barani Agricultural Research Institute) in Pakistan, an intensive training took place. The training was on the development of the olive growing and olive oil production process. The convention was organized by Unido (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and Usaid (United States Agency for International Development). Its main objective was to raise awareness to the local entrepreneurs, through three sessions, of the world of olive oil and its productive...