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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?
Learn more about Prof Mabaya’s …

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 …

Honduras, a Developing Country Model for Adoption of GM Crops

May 27th, 2014

Dr Jose Falck-Zepeda, IFPRI, discusses the latest results of his research into GM crops in Honduras.
“Honduras stands out as the only country in Central America and one of the few countries in Latin America to allow a food-intended GM crop for field evaluation and commercial production. Thus, Honduras will serve …

Can Genetically Modified crops help African farmers?

May 27th, 2014

Dr Matthew Schnurr, Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, gives an update on his research on the value of GM crops – particularly matooke banana – to Ugandan …

An ecosystem service approach to GM farming

May 27th, 2014

Dr. Carla Romeu-Dalmau discusses her project (with Dr Liam Dolan and Dr Kathy Willis) which examines the impacts of genetically modified crops on farming, particularly Bt cotton in …

Analysis of biotechnology regulatory systems in Africa and implications for food security

May 27th, 2014

Samuel E. Timpo of the NEPAD agency ABNE provides the latest news about his research project on biotechnology regulatory systems in …

Will Transgenic Cassava Improve the Life of Poor Cassava Farmers in Africa?

May 27th, 2014

Prof Claude Fauquet is investigating whether transgenic cassava will improve the lives of smallholder …

Creating a Community of Practice in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

May 27th, 2014

Dr Jere Gillis, University of Missouri, offers an update on his research in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on creating a community of practice to improve rural livelihoods. Can GM crops play a …

Tanzanian fellows learn about seed business

May 26th, 2014

CEO of SAGCOT
By Leonard Magomba, B4FA Media Fellow, Tanzania
We started our trip at the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) where we met the CEO and had a chat with regard to what SAGCOT is doing in Tanzania, why it was formulated as well as challenges.
The next day we traveled to …