More in this section

In the news

Nigeria Gets Biosafety Law

May 4th, 2015 / News Diary, Nigeria

B4FA Fellow, Abdallah el-Kurebe reports Nigeria has finally joined the league of biotechnology countries with the signing the National Biosafety Agency Bill into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday. The law seeks to domesticate modern biotechnology used by advanced countries as cutting-edge technology to boost economic development.. …

Kenya develops drought-tolerant passion fruits

May 4th, 2015 / African Farming

Kenya has developed three new drought-resistant varieties of passion fruit, it was revealed this week. “The new varieties are drought tolerant and are suited both for processing and the fresh market. They are superior in quality,” observed Joseph Njuguna, a fruit expert at KALRO’s Thika station. Read …

Scientists in Uganda push for law on GMOs

May 4th, 2015 / The East African

B4FA Fellow, Isaac Khisa reports that Ugandan scientists are worried that ongoing research on genetically modified crops may have to be put on hold due to lack of a regulatory framework to guide its production. Andrew Kiggundu, a senior research officer at National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) said that trials …

VOICES AND VIEWS: WHY BIOTECH?

May 4th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Is there a place for biotechnology in the world? What is its impact? These are some of the questions answered by biotech experts, farmers, economists, and journalists in ISAAA’s latest brief titled Voices and Views: Why Biotech? Read …

Universities join efforts to combat climate change in East Africa

May 4th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru reports on a collaborative project was developed to address national and regional challenges posed by climate change. It is managed at Makerere University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. It involves Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Technology, Addis Ababa University and University of Juba. …

Africa: New Global Crop Data Aid in Food Policy Decisions

May 4th, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Knowing where in the world individual crops are cultivated, their production patterns, and whether they are irrigated or rain fed are essential components for ensuring adequate, sustainable food production and safeguarding food security. Yet this critical data is often inadequate or non-existent, leaving policymakers unable to formulate the best policies …

GMOs could save banana industry but could consumers accept it?

May 4th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project

The international banana industry only has itself to blame for its vulnerability to panama disease, and faces annihilation if the fungus continues to spread, according to an expert on global banana production.The banana industry is a monoculture, focussing primarily on the growth and trade of the Cavendish banana. Read …

Nigeria: Tackling Challenge of Food Scarcity at Scientists’ Confab

May 3rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Unless effective soil management strategies are embraced in Nigeria, the nation should expect an imminent food scarcity, the President of the Soil Society of Nigeria Professor V.O. Chude has said. Read …

Global food industry reluctant leaders of smallholder farming revolution

May 3rd, 2015 / Huffington Post, US

In recent years the global food and beverage industry has surpassed development agencies and donor governments when it comes to improving the productivity and income of smallholder farmers in developing countries. Read …

UN urged to ensure open access to plant genomic data

May 3rd, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Dr. Norman Warthmann, plant geneticist from The Australian National University (ANU), has called for the United Nations (UN) to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue working on sustainably intensifying world food production. in feed is safe for animal and human health, …