June 28, 2013

28/06/2013: Bike-powered grain mill; chief scientist presents crop genetics report; agriculture improves lives of Kapchorwa women

Chris Hergesheimer, a student at the University of B.C. has built a bicycle-powered grain mill.

The mill produces a kilo of wheat flour in seven to nine minutes while the miller maintains an easy clip on the bike. 

 It is hoped that his technology will help transform the lives of subsistence farmers in a remote corner of Sudan, far from the reach of electricity.

Brussels has launched a report calling on the European Union (EU) to lead the world in using science to improve agricultural productivity and enhance the environment.

The report will call for a change in Europe’s regulatory framework, for it to emphasise the trait and product more than the technology, taking account of the extensive experience and good practice gained in regulating genetically modified (GM) crops outside the EU.

Women in Kapchorwa are desperately trying to protect their families from recurring threats of food insecurity as a result of climate change, endemic poverty and poor health.    
Now, thanks to a scheme set up by Actionaid Uganda, things are changing. 

"I embarked on agriculture with a vengeance. “In addition to livestock, maize, coffee and bananas are also harvested," said Woria Cherotwo, vice chairperson of the scheme. 
flour (Photo credit: Joanna Bourne)
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