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Nigerian regulator says anti-GMO sentiments won’t stop GM crops

May 13th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

Nigeria’s top biotechnology regulator said his agency won’t be cowed by the anti-GMO activism that has picked up steam as two GM crops near approval.
Dr. Rufus Ebegba, director-general of the National Biosafety Development Agency (NBMA), said his agency will not be bullied or blackmailed by sentiments, speculations or hearsay that …

‘Precision plant breeding’ better describes crop biotechnology than misused ‘GMO’ term

May 13th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

GMO is now a widely recognized, often misused and misunderstood term. It’s used extensively by media and marketers alike. We can’t abandon it, but we can shift to clearer, all-encompassing terminology which covers all the latest advances.
No matter the type of plant breeding used over the last 10,000 years, the …

Growing applications of GMOs in Nigeria

May 10th, 2018 / The Guardian, Nigeria

In recognition of the importance of biotechnology to National development, the Federal Executive Council on 23rd of April 2001 approved the National Biotechnology Policy, which led to the establishment of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in November 2001.
The Agency was established under the aegis of the Federal Ministry of …

Ugandan farmers struggling with cassava viruses await GMO solution

May 10th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru writes:
Cassava is a major staple food for millions of people in the tropical regions of the world.
In Uganda it is a major food crop for people in East and Northern Uganda. But it is particularly important for people in the West Nile region, with families preparing …

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May 10th, 2018

Mark Lynas on the complexity of disagreeing on GMOs
Mark Lynas is a British environmentalist and writer famous for having changed his views about GMOs very publicly in a 2013 speech. Lynas recently published a book, Seeds of Science, about how and why he changed his mind. Read …

Taming climate change calls for collective efforts

May 9th, 2018 / SciDev.net

Science has proved that climate change and its impacts such as prolonged drought and extreme rainy conditions are occurrences that humanity has to grapple with.
Whereas Africa contributes the least to human-induced climate change globally, the continent is suffering most from it impacts including destruction of infrastructure such as roads, and …

Exploring the best tactics to combat fall armyworm outbreaks in Africa

May 8th, 2018 / The Conversation

Cereal farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing heavy losses due to the devastation by an invasive pest: the Fall army worm – Spodoptera frugiperda. In Africa it has caused huge losses to staple cereals, especially maize and sorghum, affecting food security and trade. Damage to maize alone is estimated to …

Soil pollution and its effects

May 8th, 2018 / Farmers Review Africa

Soil pollution poses a big threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health. Unfortunately, according to a new FAO report released earlier on this week, far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat. Regrettably, soil is a finite resource. This means its loss and …

Scientists develop disease surveillance system framework to improve food security

May 8th, 2018 / Nws Ghana

Agricultural scientists announced Wednesday they have developed a framework for Global Surveillance System (GSS) for crop diseases to help improve food security globally.
Roger Day, Sanitary and Phytosanitary coordinator at the Centre for Agricultural and Biosciences International (CABI), said surveillance is a key component for effective prevention, early detection and rapid …

Africa struggles for weapons against armyworm curse

May 8th, 2018 / The Strats Times, Singapore

On farms across Africa, a seemingly innocuous brown and beige caterpillar is waging a silent war, devastating rural incomes and posing a major threat to the continent’s food supply.
In just two years, the so-called fall armyworm has colonised three-quarters of Africa, according to the British-based Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences …