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Building Nigeria’s agribusiness through smallholder farmers: the AATF initiative

September 1st, 2017 / The Vanguard, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe reports:
Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world with an annual output of 34 million tonnes of tuberous roots. It is produced mostly by smallholder farmers by use of ‘traditional instruments’ with an average landholding of less than two hectares per smallholder farmer.
But the …

Unraveling the paradox: Why GMO drugs and GMO foods are treated differently by critics

September 1st, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Should GMO drugs be perceived differently than transgenic food? Some anti-GMO activists say, ‘no,’ that anything derived from genetic modification should be rejected.
It’s abundantly clear that there is widespread support of transgenic healthcare therapies but far less so for genetic engineering in agriculture. As I’ve noted previously, public perception is …

AfDB urges greater focus on implementation, as African Green Revolution Forum begins

September 1st, 2017 / This Day, Nigeria

Ahead of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has called for greater attention to be paid to the implementation of concrete plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa.
The seventh African Green Revolution Forum, taking place in Abidjan, Côte …