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Enhancing food security using PICS bags

August 31st, 2015 / Graphic Online, Ghana

Effective storage of grains such as maize, beans, cowpea, groundnuts and rice has always been a major challenge to smallholder farmers, not only in the country, but the rest of Africa. Grains are mostly destroyed by pests and insects within three months of storage due to the lack of proper …

How scientists evaluate potential health problems of GMOs

August 29th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

One major public concern about GMOs is their affect on human health. Are there differences in nutritional content, allergic response, or undesired side effects such as toxicity, organ damage, or gene transfer? To address these concerns, over 100 research studies have compared effects of traditional food to GM food. Major …

Who benefits from IP rights in agricultural innovation?

August 29th, 2015 / WIPO, Switzerland

In a finite world with an ever-expanding population, agricultural innovation is vital in order to increase productivity and secure the global food supply. But agricultural research and development (R&D) is a risky and costly business. In the past, agricultural R&D was largely publicly funded but today, increasingly the private sector …

GM technology isn’t good or evil – it’s what we do with it that counts

August 29th, 2015 / The Guardian, Uk

Just mentioning genetic modification (GM) creates division. The anti-GM lobby sees red mist, the pro-GM lobby seemingly wants to roll out the red carpet and others see GM as a red herring, a distraction from other (more easily acceptable) solutions to our huge food challenges. See …

SA farmers should make use of more GMOs

August 28th, 2015 / iafrica.com, South Africa

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said genetically modified farming techniques are being developed by his department and should be adopted by the industry. “We are working with the department of technology in finding new methods by which we can improve new cultivars, the new seeds that are 20 percent resistant to …

Southern African countries urged to unleash agriculture potential

August 28th, 2015 / This Day Live, Nigeria

The Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, has called on Southern African countries to tap into the youth population in the region to address food insecurity and end unemployment. Addressing policymakers and youths in the region at a conference organised by Centre for …

Africa must adopt climate resilient agricultural policies

August 28th, 2015 / Coastweek.com, Kenya

The Zambian government has called on African countries to adopt climate resilient agricultural policies if the continent is to adapt to the effects of climate change. While acknowledging the adverse effects of extreme climate on agricultural production on the African continent, Minister of Agriculture and Livestocks Permanent Secretary David Shamulenge …

Why activists, but few farmers, complain they can’t save patented seeds

August 28th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Pity the poor farmer who saves seeds. According to anti-GMO activists, the hapless seed saver who’s simply trying to raise crops more cheaply by not paying for new seeds each year, is being oppressed by evil “Big Ag”–companies that only want to sell their hybrid and patented seeds (often, but …

How growing trees on the farm leads to food security

August 26th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru reports: it is important to plant different tree species in crop lands because they contribute to higher productivity of crops and animals as well as the soil. Trees from legume families fix nitrogen, which is useful for crops. Trees also provide fuel wood for cooking and …

The war on GMOs: the food is safe but the rhetoric is dangerous

August 26th, 2015 / The Slate, US

The World Health Organization, the American Medical Association, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have all declared that there’s no good evidence GMOs are unsafe. Hundreds of studies back up that conclusion. But many of us don’t trust these assurances. We’re drawn …