Commodities

Endangered African rice varieties gain elite status

As part of a redoubled effort to stave off future food crises by bringing Africa’s rice production in line with its rapidly growing consumption, scientists have announced a paradigm shift in rice research for the region, which will give elite status to genetically diverse indigenous varieties.

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Improving cassava processing in Nigeria

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Government of Japan and the NGO Ifelodun Cassava Processing CICS are collaborating to implement a project in Nigeria on alternative use of cassava, processing and increased access to poor alternative food types.

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Palm oil processing underway

The palm oil processing plant on the Lake Victoria island of Bugala has commenced with operations and is expected to save Uganda $60mn a year on vegetable oil importation.

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Tea company enters Ethiopia

Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company (KDHP) that owns and runs Tata Tea estates in Munnar (Kerala), is planning to go global by entering into a joint venture with a tea company in Vietnam and acquiring management control of an Ethiopian tea estate.

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Helping to breed better crop varieties

hi_4271When plants become desiccated, tiny leaf pores collectively called stomata close to conserve water. Each stoma is flanked by a pair of ‘guard cells’, which change shape to open or close the central pore.

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