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Heated debate in Uganda over super crops

March 18th, 2015 / Business Daily Live

Green cooking bananas, or matooke, is a national staple in Uganda but in recent years a deadly bacterial disease, known as “banana wilt”, has had a devastating effect, driving some farmers to abandon their beloved crop altogether. It has also sparked a Ugandan version of the global row over …

How air pollution affects agriculture

March 18th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports on how crops can be injured when exposed to high concentrations of various air pollutants. Injury ranges from visible markings on crop leaves, to reduced growth and yield, to premature death. In case of animals, it may lead to infection as a result of …

With iCow and M-Farm, smartphones reboot African agriculture

March 17th, 2015 / Business Daily Live

Wider smartphone and internet access has allowed technology firms to reach remote African farmers with apps providing veterinary diagnoses, crop planting guidance and virtual marketplaces. “People who don’t have access to running water or electricity have access to a phone that is more powerful than computers we had a …

Scientists set to create banana hybrids to raise yields

March 6th, 2015 /

A five-year project that aims to improve banana farming in Tanzania and Uganda by creating high-yielding and disease-resistant banana hybrids is to begin trials in June. The project, which received US$13.8 million funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in October last year, aims to develop banana varieties for …

Britain’s Former Environmental Secretary Owen Paterson Calls Out Greenpeace and EU Anti-GMO NGOs

March 3rd, 2015

As Britain’s Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs between 2012 and 2014, Owen Paterson was instrumental in negotiating the new EU law on GMO cultivation that broke the near-monolithic ban on GMOs in Europe and will allow individual countries to decide whether or not to grow …

Adoption And Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops By Small-Scale, Resource-Poor Asian Farmers

May 27th, 2014

Dr Mariechel Navarro, Director, ISAAA Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, provides the latest information about her project which seeks to better understand the small-scale, resource-poor Asian farmers that adopt GM/biotech crops.
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Assessing Barriers to GM Food Crop Production and Innovation in China, India and East Africa

May 27th, 2014

Dr Carl Pray of Rutgers University provides an update on his research in China, India and East Africa regarding the barriers to GM crop adoption.
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Genetically Modified Crops In Africa: Current State And Future Potential

May 27th, 2014

Prof Edward Mabaya seeks to “develop a systematic understanding of the current state and future potential of GM crops in Africa in a way that informs public policy and private strategy.” Will African countries overcome the barriers to GM crop adoption?
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Assessing and Communicating the Risks and Benefits of GM Cassava in Kenya

May 27th, 2014

Dr Harvey James, University of Missouri, provides an update on his research on genetically modified cassava in Kenya.  What are the intended and potential unintended consequences of introducing GM cassava in Kenya? How can risks and benefits of introducing GM cassava be communicated to smallholders and other affected stakeholders?
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Pathways to Productivity? Assessment of the GMO Debate in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

May 27th, 2014

Johanna Nesseth-Tuttle of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. provides an update on the CSIS project assessing the GMO debate in East …