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Could genetic engineering be a valued tool against climate change?

January 14th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

As we look to the future of agriculture, one issue should dominate the debate: the world’s climate continues to become warmer. Companies and governments have started working with farmers to take steps to reduce the severity of climate change, including the use of biotechnology and genetic modifications. Read …

What you need to know about GM (2)

January 13th, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Part 2 of a great piece on the broad consensus that the environmental effects of genetically modified plants should be evaluated using science-based assessment procedures, considering each crop individually in comparison to its conventional counterparts.
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Can GM help quench crops’ thirst?

January 13th, 2016 / Ensla, US

The application of GM technology to boosting drought resistance could be an important addition to the toolkit humans can use to adapt to climate change, which is expected to cause longer and more frequent droughts in many of the world’s important food-growing regions. Read …

Africa takes fresh look at GMO crops

January 11th, 2016 / Reuters

A scorching drought in Southern Africa that led to widespread crop failure could nudge African nations to finally embrace genetically modified (GM) crops to improve harvests and reduce grain imports. The drought, which extends to South Africa, the continent’s biggest maize producer, has been exacerbated by an El Nino weather …

Young people, agriculture, and transformation in rural Africa

January 10th, 2016 / Eldis, UK

Over the last decade, both agriculture and young people have become increasingly prominent on African development agendas. Politicians, policymakers, and development professionals have confronted food price volatility, food insecurity, and the phenomenon of large-scale land grabs on the one hand, and the entrenched under- and unemployment among young people—the (youthful) …

Branding Nigeria through agriculture

January 10th, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Special events have proven to be veritable means of putting places and people under spotlight and generating awareness among the public at both local and international levels. In recent times, an upsurge of various events, in sports, entertainment, professional meetings, NGO fora, international organisations and global groups have elicited a …

Food security and sovereignty in Africa

January 10th, 2016 / Eldis, UK

This paper examines the causes of Africa’s food insecurity, the consequences of food insecurity, the policy challenges, and the necessary interventions that can address the varying challenges that have contributed to this food insecurity. Read …

Who wants to farm? Youth aspirations, opportunities and rising food prices

January 7th, 2016 / Eldis, UK

In an era of land grabs and environmental uncertainty, improving smallholder productivity has become a higher priority on the poverty and food security agenda in development, focusing attention on the next generation of farmers. Yet emerging evidence about the material realities and social norms and desires of young people in …

Kenyan Regulator to Decide On Fate of GMO Crops This Month

January 6th, 2016 / East African, Kenya

Kenyans will know whether genetically modified maize will be grown in the country at the end of this month. This follows an application by a group of scientists at the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation who are pushing for GM maize seeds …

Resurrection plants could lead to more drought-tolerant crops

January 3rd, 2016 / AgWeb.com

Recent genome sequencing of Oropetium grass has given researchers a blueprint in distinguishing genes related to phenomenal plant resilience. The bizarre self-preservation abilities of resurrection plants like Oropetium hold tremendous promise toward engineering stronger drought-tolerance in crops, and the effects soon could reach farmland. Read …