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Chinese scientists develop gene-edited soybean that can grow in warmer climates

July 19th, 2019 / SEARCA Biotechnology Information Center

Chinese agricultural scientists are using gene-editing tools to create soybean mutants that can adapt to warmer climates in low-altitude regions, in a bid to increase production of the crop in southern China.

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences have knocked out two key genes that regulate soybean flowering to …

African Union mulls harmonized biosafety system framework

July 19th, 2019 / Alliance for Science, US

The African Union (AU) is looking at the possibility of harmonizing biosafety regulations to ensure more effective handling of biotechnology applications in its 55 member-states.

The issue ranked top on the agenda at the just-concluded training for African biosafety regulators in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that was organized by the AU and its Development …

African Agricultural Scientists Root For GMOs

July 19th, 2019 / ChimpReport

Agricultural scientists from various African countries meeting in Kampala this week, spoke in unison calling on the African population to embrace use of Genetically Modified Organisms and varieties commonly known as GMOs as a way to address challenges faced in cropping systems. Read more … …

Closing the gender digital divide, opening opportunities for women in agriculture

July 17th, 2019

From CTA, Netherlands

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are promoted as an equaliser of opportunities – but this is not always the case for women. Several African initiatives are demonstrating the critical contribution that information and knowledge can make to increase agricultural productivity and run a profitable agribusiness.

Women make up just …

FAO launches campaign to end gender bias in farming

July 17th, 2019

From the Anadolu Agency, Turkey

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a campaign to make women primary stake holders in the field of agriculture investments in the African continent, by working with regional legislators, to strengthen legal frameworks.

It has suggested to form a coalition of regional parliamentarians, to …

UN: World hunger is still not going down after three years and obesity is still growing

July 17th, 2019

From the World Health Organization

An estimated 820 million people did not have enough to eat in 2018, up from 811 million in the previous year, which is the third year of increase in a row. This underscores the immense challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by …

We need policy on new breeding technologies

July 16th, 2019

From The Standard, Kenya

A series of genome editing-related research work in Africa has triggered the need for the continent to develop a dedicated policy for new and precision breeding techniques.

According to experts who are already doing gene editing research, National Biosafety Authorities in the continent need to develop regulations on …

The challenges of food storage

July 16th, 2019

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes in the Daily Monitor, Uganda

It is quite frustrating to think of the amount of food produced by struggling smallholder farmers in Uganda and gets lost due to lack of proper storage.A lot of our poverty and food insecurity reduction efforts ought to be geared towards …

Investor confidence in Africa is returning

July 16th, 2019

From Business Day, South Africa

Africa appears to have made its way back onto a growth trajectory with foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to the continent expected to increase by 15% in 2019, after a rise of 11% to $46bn in 2018.

As encouraging as the signs are, inflows are still below …

CTA has awarded four grants to support the use of blockchain in agriculture across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific

July 15th, 2019

CTA has awarded four grants to support the use of blockchain in agriculture across Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

With CTA’s support Bioversity International, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Erba 96 and Nitidae will implement blockchain projects in Côte d’Ivoire; Papua New Guinea; Sierra Leone; Trinidad and Tobago; and Uganda. 

With blockchain every transaction …