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Banana bacterial wilt leaves thousands hungry in Tanzania

Banana bacterial wilt leaves thousands hungry in Tanzania | Food Policy News |
According to IPP Media, over 8,000 people in 15 villages in Kagera region of Tanzania are in dire need of food relief following an outbreak of banana bacterial disease that has destroyed 90% of the banana crop.

Banana bacterial wilt (or “banana slim”) is easily spread through pollinating insects, tools and planting material. Disease management is notoriously difficult, often involving cultural methods that can be impractical for smallholders. One easy method of prevention involves breaking off the male flower bud using a fork-shaped stick.

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Recognizing Fusarium Wilt and bacterial wilt in banana crop:
When a banana plant has Fusarium wilt, the older leaves become
yellow, starting at the edge of the leaf. Leaves may start to turn
yellow two months after planting. Young plants may stop
growing. The plant becomes sick and slowly dies. If you cut
across the banana trunk, you will see a reddish brown ring on
the cut surface. Sometimes the trunk splits at the base.
Bacterial wilt of banana is a different disease, but bacterial wilt
starts from the younger leaves, turning them yellow. The fruits
ripen too soon. A sticky, yellow pus comes from the cut surface.
Fruits from an infected banana have brown to dark brown colour and are rotten inside. These fruits are unsuitable for consumption by humans or animals.Read more: Xanthomonas bacterial wilt

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Foreign Corporations Scrambling To Buy African Land, Raising Food Security Concerns MintPress

Foreign Corporations Scrambling To Buy African Land, Raising Food Security Concerns MintPress | Food Policy News |

(MintPress)–The Spain-based group Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN), recently released a study of 416 recent land grabbing deals across 66 countries in which some 35 million hectares of land have been sold or leased to foreign investors, including those from the US.

The International Land Coalition (ILC) reported that between 2000 and 2010, roughly 203 million hectares of land were leased or sold in developing countries, mainly in Africa, to foreign investors from the US, China, the UK, and other countries. “This land area is equivalent to over eight times the size of the United Kingdom,” the ILC said in a separate analysis of land grabs released last January.


Foreign investors have been scouting out cheap arable land in developing countries for years, but land grabs have become much more popular since the global food crisis in 2008. While developing countries like those in the Horn of Africa continue to suffer from famine, armed conflict, and droughts, foreign corporations, governments, and fund managers have swept in to secure large land holdings on offshore farms to ensure food security and oftentimes for speculation.

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