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Kenya: With GMOs, we can easily feed ourselves

June 8th, 2015 / The Daily Nation, Kenya

As Africa falls behind the rest of the world on agricultural technology, Kenya is falling behind the rest of Africa, a group of scientists in Nairobi has warned. “Other East African countries are proceeding at full speed to commercialise a number of genetically modified crops while Kenya’s progress has …

Tanzania relaxes law on GMOs

June 8th, 2015 / The EastAfrican, Kenya

B4FA Fellow Isaac Khisa reports: Tanzania has reviewed its law on genetically modified organisms, paving the way for scientists in the country to carry out confined trials on crops such as maize and cassava, and effectively turning the tables on anti-GMO lobby groups. This move to revise its GMO law …

State of the world’s food insecurity – it’s falling

June 8th, 2015 / FAO, Italy

About 795 million people are undernourished globally, down 167 million over the last decade, and 216 million less than in 1990–92. FAO highlights the fact that economic growth is a key success factor for reducing undernourishment, but notes that it has to be inclusive and provide opportunities for improving …

Pharmacists tip farmers on opportunities in GM products

June 5th, 2015 / The Sunrise, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Henry Lutaaya writes: Ugandan farmers are losing billions of money to their counterparts in America and other countries, through importation of raw materials used in the pharmaceutical industry, which can be easily produced locally, including Artemisia annua. Pharmacists are blaming the situation on lack of information, misconceptions …

Nigeria’s President Buhari: agriculture must be treated as a business

June 5th, 2015 / Leadership, Nigeria

To accelerate the development of Nigeria’s agricultural sector and ensure food security, President Buhari said that agriculture must be treated as a business, saying “Nigeria has huge agricultural potential with over 84 million hectares of arable land of which only 40 per cent is currently cultivated.The country has some …

Ghana: technical experts and trainers of women in the yam value chain wanted

June 5th, 2015 / International Trade Centre, Switzerland

The International Trade Centre is looking for interested vendors to provide technical expertise and training to assist ITC to undertake the following activities in the cluster of farmers selected in Ghana:
• Build the capacity of local extension services to provide support to farmers at the community level;
• Gather data, undertake …

Journalism is critical to farming innovation

June 4th, 2015 /, UK

Developing nations are full of potential agricultural leaders – smallholder farmers willing to try different approaches to improve their farms. Many, however, face social, economic and logistical barriers that make it difficult to access improved seed, agricultural tools and information technologies. Here, improvements in communication and information sharing can play …

CRISPR: a powerful gene-editing technology with huge potential

June 4th, 2015 / Nature, UK

CRISPR, a powerful gene-editing technology is the biggest game changer to hit biology since PCR. But with its huge potential come pressing concerns. CRISPR’s ability to precisely edit existing DNA sequences makes for more-accurate modifications, but it also makes it more difficult for regulators and farmers to identify a modified …

Calestous Juma: GM is an important tool

June 4th, 2015 / BBC, UK

Calestous Juma, who directs the Harvard-based Agricultural Innovation in Africa project, says “In 30 years we’ll have a population of nine billion people to feed and that will increase demand for the quantity and diversity of the food that we need – that’s why we have to consider GM as …

UN food security report says Uganda has 10 million facing hunger

June 3rd, 2015 /, Malaysia

The 2015 report on the State of Food Insecurity in the World, released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, has found that hunger remains an every day challenge for 10 million Ugandans. The report shows that the prevalence of undernourishment in Uganda has been increasing …

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