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First-ever global standard to measure food loss and waste

June 10th, 2016 / World Resources Institute, US

A partnership of leading international organizations is launching the Food Loss and Waste Accounting and Reporting Standard at the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) 2016 Summit in Copenhagen. The FLW Standard is the first-ever set of global definitions and reporting requirements for companies, countries and others to consistently and credibly …

GM crops designed to enhance productivity & farm efficiency

June 7th, 2016 / The Eagle, Nigeria

The National Biotechnology Development Agency says genetically modified crops are meant to have a positive impact on farm income due to enhanced production and efficiency on the farm. The Director-General of the agency, Prof. Lucy Ugbado, made this known on when she featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum …

Scientist support for the adoption of GMOs

June 7th, 2016 / News Ghana

According to the scientists, Ghana must also consider mainstreaming biotechnology into its crop and animal improvement plans to guarantee sustainable food security for the populace. They cautioned that, “If in 10 years time we don’t invest in biotechnology we will face a lot of problems” in terms of food security. …

Change agriculture funding model

June 7th, 2016 / New Vision, Kenya

A Kenyan professor has called for the overhaul in the funding structure of agriculture across Africa for it to benefit the vast majority of the population engaged in it. Prof Henry Bwisa from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology says the sector has sufficient funding but the model …

What’s really behind the negative GM cotton story in Burkina Faso?

June 7th, 2016 / Dr Jocelyn Webster, B4FA.org

According to several well publicised recent reports, Burkina Faso has begun to phase out the use of genetically modified cotton which has been planted commercially since 2008 in the country. In fact, Burkina Faso became one of the first countries in Africa to adopt insect resistant GM cotton with field …

Talking about genetically modified crops in Uganda – my experience

June 6th, 2016 / Cornell Alliance for Science, US

Patricia Nanteza writes: “We are our own public relations officers. We should at all times treat and speak well of ourselves. We should never do the haters work for them.” If I am given the chance, I think I can disarm an army by simply talking to and with them. …

Stereotypes of African agriculture are all wrong

June 6th, 2016 / World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Young people in many parts of Africa see great potential in agribusiness. But it needs to be put on par with other sectors. Because of a long history of neglect, young people venturing in to agribusiness lack access to capital. But even more critical is the lack of mentors who …

20 mn people in East Africa require food aid: UN

June 6th, 2016 / Business Standard, India

About 19.9 million people in Eastern Africa require humanitarian aid as food security situation in the countries affected are not expected to improve, the UN humanitarian agency said on Wednesday. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said an estimated 31.6 million people were already food insecure …

New programme to improve Ghana’s food safety and grow agricultural exports

June 3rd, 2016 / Modern Ghana

The International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a non-profit organisation, has been awarded a two-year program that will improve the quality of Ghanaian fruit and vegetables for export. The Improving Food Safety Systems Program, valued at US$2.8 million, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will draw on …

Africa: Global Soil Partnership endorses guidelines on sustainable soil management

June 3rd, 2016 / FAO, Italy

The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) endorsed a set of voluntary guidelines for sustainable soil management at its plenary conference at FAO this week, marking a step towards coordinated action to assure that the earth under our feet – a keystone of global food security – remains fertile. The GSP has …