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Plants ‘hijacked’ to make polio vaccine

August 16th, 2017 / BBC

Plants have been “hijacked” to make polio vaccine in a breakthrough with the potential to transform vaccine manufacture, say scientists. The vaccine is an “authentic mimic” of poliovirus called a virus-like particle. As well as helping eliminate polio, the scientists believe their approach could help the world react to unexpected …

ANALYSIS The costs of GMO delays in Uganda revealed

August 16th, 2017 / Sunrise

Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands have concluded that over 5,500 Ugandans could have died because of food shortages arising from delays to enact the Biosafety and Biotechnology law. The study, published July 31 in PLOS One journal, used modelling to calculate how delays in the introduction of three …

Banana wilt, GMOs and Food Evolution: What’s really happening to banana farmers in Uganda?

August 15th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project

Food Evolution captured real problems experienced by real people who need real solutions. The global forces denying millions of smallholder farmers access to improved varieties may be ignorant to the fact that African smallholder farmers grow their own food crops and have no capacity to import food from other continents …

How biotechnology can help Nigeria reduce its agricultural import bill

August 15th, 2017 / Nigerian Tribune

Opinion: The Nigerian government needs to expedite actions towards the adoption of biotechnology in order to grow the agricultural sector. Read …

Researchers release hybrid bean varieties

August 15th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru

Scientists at the National Crop Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge have successfully bred bean varieties rich in iron and zinc. Read …

Interview: China’s presence in South-South Cooperation transforming Africa’s agriculture

August 14th, 2017 / New China

Africa has derived enormous benefits in agricultural transformation from China through the South-South Cooperation, an official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has told Xinhua. Peter Atimka Anaadumba, South-South Cooperation Program Officer at the African Regional Office of FAO, said China had proven over the years to be …

Focus on challenges that discourage youth from farming, says report

August 14th, 2017 / MyJoyOnline

The agenda to attract educated young people into farming “has to focus on the challenges that discourage them from farming,” according to a report by African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET).
The report, titled “Agriculture Powering Africa’s Economic Transformation,” looks at how to make farming attractive to young people. These challenges …

Africa needs stitched genes for food security

August 14th, 2017 / Business Day

Biotechnology and GMOs will be vital for a continent facing climate change, a fast growing population and the loss of arable land. Read …

Kenya to provide farmers with insect resistant Bt cotton seeds in pilot trials

August 11th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A genetically modified cotton seed variety with high resistance to the Boll worm infestation is due to be released to the farmers in Kenya soon.
Director of the Thika based Horticultural Research Institute and lead Researcher Dr Charles Waturu, said the new variety will be released to farmers in dry irrigation …

Why do consumers prefer organic to conventional produce when both use pesticides?

August 11th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

What gets overlooked by [activist] groups are the reports from the USDA itself that show that even organic foods have pesticide residues on them — some are synthetic pesticides and some, like Spinosad, are ones approved for organic uses. Feel comfortable, though, because that same USDA data showed safe levels …