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How European-based NGOs block crop biotechnology adoption In Africa

February 27th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Margaret Karembu, Director of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, writes: “I grew up in rural Africa, in Central Kenya, in a small village deep down the slopes of Mt Kenya called Gaikundo. For most parts of the year, it was a struggle putting food on the table …

Nigeria: farmers can whether to embrace GMOs

February 24th, 2017 / WorldStage News, Nigeria

The Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu has said that the adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms seeds by farmers in Nigeria is by choice, not under compulsion.
Speaking Wednesday during a training on GMO detection for staffs of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) at NABDA headquarters …

UN – 20 million people on brink of famine

February 24th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Wednesday that 20 million people in four countries face famine unless the international community steps in to prevent it.
“The situation is dire,” Guterres told reporters. “Millions of people are barely surviving in the space between malnutrition and death, vulnerable to diseases and outbreaks, forced …

EU: no patents on conventional plant breeding

February 24th, 2017 / hortibiz.com

Plant breeders must have free access to biological material in order to be able to breed new crop species. Patent law thus does not apply to conventional plant breeding. This was unanimously confirmed by the European Member States at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels. The Member States indicated that it …

Ghana V-P targets youth in agriculture

February 24th, 2017 / Peace FM Online

As part of moves to tackle graduate unemployment and to encourage youth in Agriculture, His Excellency the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in collaboration with CIEDOM – HOG International and the University of Cape Coast School of Agriculture, will soon launch an entertainment cum education project dubbed: ‘the Ultimate Farmer …

Improving drought tolerance in canola and wheat

February 23rd, 2017 / ISAAA, US

Prof. Naglaa Abdallah and her research team at Cairo University, Egypt are currently using gene editing to improve drought tolerance in canola and wheat. She said, “Gene editing has brought considerable excitement, especially among agricultural scientists because of its simplicity, precision, and power. It offers new opportunities to develop improved …

Kenya: parliamentary team recommends local production of GMO crops

February 23rd, 2017 / CitizenTV, Kenya

The National Assembly’s Agriculture Committee wants the country to beef up its capacity in developing genetically modified foods (GMO) locally.
Speaking during an industry consultative meeting on Tuesday, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee Noor Mohammed said this move would play a major role in mitigating against perennial food shortages in the …

Agriculture in Africa: Potential versus reality

February 23rd, 2017 / How we made it in Africa

With more than 60% of its 1.166 billion people living in rural areas, Africa’s economy is inherently dependent on agriculture. More than 32% of the continent’s gross domestic product comes from the sector.
However, agricultural productivity still remains far from developed world standards. Over 90% of agriculture depends on rainfall, with …

Agency seek increased funding for the domestication of GMO

February 22nd, 2017 / The Guardian, Nigeria

To fully domesticate the development of Genetically Modified crop in the country, the Nigerian Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) has called for the need to scale up funding for agricultural biotechnology in the country.
The Director General NASC, Olusegun Ojo who stated this during the training of over 20 seed scientists on …

14 improved crop varieties officially released in the DRC

February 22nd, 2017 / AGRA Digital

Farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo will reap the benefits of extensive evaluations of improved crop varieties in North and South Kivu that culminated in the release of 14 new and improved varieties of three critical food crops earlier this month. Agricultural authorities from DRC’s “Service National des Semences” …