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Africa: New Global Crop Data Aid in Food Policy Decisions

May 4th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Knowing where in the world individual crops are cultivated, their production patterns, and whether they are irrigated or rain fed are essential components for ensuring adequate, sustainable food production and safeguarding food security. Yet this critical data is often inadequate or non-existent, leaving policymakers unable to formulate the best policies …

GMOs could save banana industry but could consumers accept it?

May 4th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

The international banana industry only has itself to blame for its vulnerability to panama disease, and faces annihilation if the fungus continues to spread, according to an expert on global banana production.The banana industry is a monoculture, focussing primarily on the growth and trade of the Cavendish banana. Read …

Nigeria: Tackling Challenge of Food Scarcity at Scientists’ Confab

May 3rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Unless effective soil management strategies are embraced in Nigeria, the nation should expect an imminent food scarcity, the President of the Soil Society of Nigeria Professor V.O. Chude has said. Read …

Global food industry reluctant leaders of smallholder farming revolution

May 3rd, 2015 / Huffington Post, US

In recent years the global food and beverage industry has surpassed development agencies and donor governments when it comes to improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Read …

UN urged to ensure open access to plant genomic data

May 3rd, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Dr. Norman Warthmann, plant geneticist from The Australian National University (ANU), has called for the United Nations (UN) to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue working on sustainably intensifying world food production. in feed is safe for animal and human health, …

GM feeds do not undermine animal health or productivity

May 2nd, 2015 / Feed Navigator.com, UK

The inclusion of genetically modified plants (GMPs) in feed is safe for animal and human health, concludes a leading German animal nutrition researcher. Read …

African Union banks on ST&I to fast-track development

May 2nd, 2015 / SciDevNet, UK

Africa is determined to integrate science and technology into efforts to fast-track the continent’s development, says African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Read …

Modern Agric Biotech: Lessons From Brazil For Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Newsdiaryonline

Journalists, farmers, scientists, biosafety regulators and agribusiness companies from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and the US gathered in Brazil in March, 2015 for the Biotechnology and Science Communication Confidence Building Project. It was meant to enable African countries learn about and improve their food security strategies …

Will Ethiopia’s teff be the next super grain?

May 1st, 2015 / BBC, UK

Ethiopians have been growing and obsessing about teff for millennia, and it may become the new “super grain” of choice in Europe and North America, overtaking the likes of quinoa and spelt. High in protein and calcium, and gluten-free, teff is already growing in popularity on the international stage. Read …

Agriculture: Increase water harvesting in Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Nature, UK

Ensuring that the world’s food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies. Sub-Saharan Africa is the epicentre of this challenge. Read …