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Kenya: Scientists oppose move to have MPs legislate GMO field trials

May 30th, 2016 / AllAfrica

Biotechnology experts have opposed plans to transfer the function of approving field trials for GMO products from the National Biosafety Authority to Parliament. Read …

How Nigerians can be protected from illegal bio-tech

May 30th, 2016 / Daily Trust

As Nigeria looks for safe and innovative ways to meet its food security needs, the recourse to biotechnology and the capacity of the country’s existing laws to properly regulate this technology has once again come under scrutiny. Read …

Achieving Africa’s agricultural potential

May 27th, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo argues that African agriculture needs innovation and the youth. “Working as a farmer once more has given me a better perspective on two of the biggest challenges facing Africa today: how do we provide employment opportunities to the millions of young Africans under 25 …

Young African with a biomedical degree prefers farming watermelons

May 27th, 2016 / AFKInsider, US

Annie Nyaga felt the pull of farming so strongly that soon after graduating from Kenya’s Egerton University with a degree in biomedical science, she returned the occupation of her parents — working the land. Today, she farms watermelons. Her business, Farm2Home, is more than a farm — it’s a …

Farmers must lead GM debate

May 27th, 2016 / The Scottish Farmer

“Politicians should provide leadership, but in the case of GM they are letting themselves be led by public opinion. Farmers are really at the sharp end of this, trying to produce crops under the pressures of climate, disease and pests. I would like to see farmers give the public …

Uganda: Researchers develop new maize varieties to tackle Striga weed

May 26th, 2016 / Daily Monitor

One of Uganda’s major challenges to cereals farming is Striga or witch-weed which causes up to 100 per cent crop-loss in highest-infestation areas. But soon, there will be more effective control when a new method, the Imazapyr Resistant (IR) hybrid maize, matures this year. Read …

Has agriculture in South Africa seen the last of the current El Niño cycle?

May 26th, 2016 / BizCommunity

Below average rainfall experienced for the last four years, with 2015 being one of the driest years in South African history, had a devastating effect on the North West and the Free State provinces in particular. These provinces are heavily dependent on the agricultural industry and are the major producers …

Uganda: Naro institute develops new Irish potato variety to curb late blight

May 26th, 2016 / Daily Monitor

Kachwekano Zonal Agriculture Research Institute (KZARDI), which is under Naro, has produced a disease-resistant Irish potato variety via biotechnology to enable high yields for food security and income generation. The new variety, which is an improved Victoria type, has been tested for two years. It can planted until harvest without …

African Development Bank in fresh bid to fight malnutrition

May 25th, 2016 / AllAfrica

Top leaders at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Annual Meetings, organised in partnership with the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, have outlined a vision for a new high-level effort and shared new data that would strengthen the economic case for investment in nutrition across Africa. …

Nigeria: Make farming a rewarding career for Africa’s youth

May 25th, 2016 / SciDevNet

Agriculture remains unattractive to the youth of Africa, but the continent needs its brightest youth to make agriculture successful. A new prize could help drive innovations and the youth to agriculture.
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