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New biotech law to boost scientific inventions in Nigeria

May 31st, 2015 / The Guardian, Nigeria

Director General of National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu, has said that with the passage into law of the National Biotechnology bill in April by the Senate and House of Representatives, Nigeria is set to become a leading light in scientific and technological inventions in the …

A time for Africa – smallholder farmers will be key

May 30th, 2015 / Zimbabwe Independent

Smallholder farmers will be key to African efforts not only to feed itself, but also to become a major food supplier for the rest of the world. Africa’s agricultural potential is clear. Productivity can also be boosted through the use better farming methods, fertiliser and irrigation. Read …

New breeding techniques for organic farming

May 30th, 2015 / Cell Press/Trends in Plant Science

Organic farming is based on the concept of working ‘with nature’ instead of against it; however, compared with conventional farming, organic farming reportedly has lower productivity. Ideally, the goal should be to narrow this yield gap. In this review, the feasibility of new breeding techniques (NBTs) for rewilding, a …

Achieving universal food security is within our grasp

May 30th, 2015 / msnbc.com

When it comes to reducing the number of people who can’t afford food, the world has come a long way. In 2012-14, an estimated 795 million people were chronically undernourished, down more than 100 million over the last decade, and 209 million fewer than in 1990-92. Read …

A proposal to modify plants gives GMO debate new life

May 29th, 2015 / New York Times, US

If it’s called a genetically modified organism (GMO), many people will be dead set against it. But what if scientists used the precise techniques of today’s molecular biology to give back to plants genes that had long ago been bred out of them? And what if that process were …

Soil is foundation for food and nutrition security

May 29th, 2015 / Modern Ghana

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: Soil is the foundation for food and nutrition security, sustainable development and climate change adaptation and mitigation, says Mr. Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa. Read …

Reducing food loss in West Africa

May 29th, 2015 / Mongabay, Australia

Helping farmers combat post-harvest losses is a win-win proposition. It helps raise incomes for some of the most vulnerable households in West Africa, lowers food prices for consumers, alleviates hunger and reduces stress on the environment. Read …

Helping youth to help farmers

May 28th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

The Ugandan government is distributing over 300million coffee seedlings in a period at a rate of 100 million annually. These are distributed freely to farmers in over the 82 coffee growing districts of the country. For the smooth running of the project, UCDA has identified about 1500 coffee seedling …

Meet the woman who pioneered GM in agriculture

May 28th, 2015 / St. Louis Public Radio, US.

Mary-Dell Chilton pioneered the field of genetic engineering in agriculture. She spent most of her decades-long career working for Syngenta, where she founded the agribusiness company’s research on genetically modified seeds. Her work would transform agriculture — and trigger a heated debate over the safety of GMOs. Read …

Talk about food security; talk about maize

May 28th, 2015 / CIMMYT.org

Good news from Africa! Policy breakthroughs on transgenic research in Mozambique and Tanzania have led to approval of confined field trials (CFTs) and a more research-friendly regulatory framework, respectively. Mozambique’s CFTs will be at the Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM; Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique) research station …