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African agriculture is powering economic transformation

September 28th, 2016 / The Conversation, UK

The evidence is now in and the verdict is that Africa´s agriculture is powering economic transformation in the region. African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement compared to its precarious state 15 years ago.
However, progress is uneven across the region. Governments that have invested in their agricultural sectors, such as in …

Federal Government begins enforcement on GMO rice

September 23rd, 2016 / Today, Nigeria

The Federal Government has begun visiting research institutes that conduct field trials on genetically modified rice. The move, according to officials, was to ensure strict compliance with extant laws. See …

EU’s GMO blockade trumps science and technology

September 23rd, 2016 / The Parliament Magazine, EU

Too many European politicians have chosen to either side with radical activist groups that misinform the public about GMOs, or to avoid speaking up against the misinformation. I believe that ignoring the scientific consensus and farmers’ needs, and expelling an entire technology is a high price to pay for political …

CRISPR could usher in a new era of delicious GMO foods

September 22nd, 2016 / The Atlantic, US

A few weeks ago, Stefan Jansson, a Swedish plant biologist, sat down to a plate of pasta with cabbage harvested from his garden. This cabbage was like none any human had eaten before; its DNA had been edited via a much-hyped new gene-editing technique called CRISPR. Jansson’s meal was the …

African smallholder farmers need dynamic seed sector

September 22nd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

Smallholder farmers in Africa face challenges in getting reliable access to sufficient quantities of quality seed of superior varieties at the right time at an affordable price, an expert says.
Miltone Ayieko, regional coordinator for the Kenya-based Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa (ISSD Africa) project, says that the lack of …

Breakthrough in salt-tolerance in plants research

September 21st, 2016 / Phys.org

University of Adelaide researchers have made a breakthrough in investigating salt tolerance in plants which could lead to new salt tolerant varieties of crops, and also answer unresolved questions in plant biology. The researchers, also from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and in collaboration with the …

Genetically modified plants – technology’s ugly duckling

September 21st, 2016 / DW.com, Germany

Genetically modified food has never enjoyed the best reputation. Such is the depth of opposition to GM, even ideas that seem to promise a better future have been viewed with the utmost suspicion. Few developers of genetically modified food enjoy a reputation for being one of the good guys. Even …

Africa should focus on food security

September 20th, 2016 / The Standard, Kenya

We have a long way to go in our journey towards food security. Even we seem to be slowly but surely turning the tide on the perception that farming is one of those things we only do when we are approaching our twilight years, we are nowhere close to achieving …

Stronger food businesses, better food security

September 19th, 2016 / TechnoServe, US

Not long ago, HOME Oil, a small cooking oil manufacturer in southern Malawi, was in trouble. Without the necessary food safety certifications, the company’s products were unable to break into local markets. To keep the business afloat, its owner was covering operating expenses out of his own pocket.
The struggles of …

Investment in agriculture yields growth gains

September 19th, 2016 / CPAfrica, Nigeria

African countries that took early action to invest in agriculture have reaped the rewards enjoying higher economic growth and a bigger drop in malnutrition with productivity on existing farmlands increasing by 5.9% to 6.7% a year. See …