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Project to introduce drought-resistant maize continues in Africa

March 3rd, 2017 / Crop Protection News

A long-term project to introduce and develop genetically modified drought-resistant maize to Africa has been billed a success by one of it drivers, the biotechnology giant Monsanto.
The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project, up and running since 2008, was created with “a goal to enhance food security in sub-Saharan …

NEWEST rice will lead to food sufficiency in Africa

March 3rd, 2017 / Leadership, Nigeria

The Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr Denis Kyetere has said the nitrogen-use efficient, water-use efficient and salt tolerant rice (NEWEST) will lead to food sufficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaking at the annual review and planning meeting held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, …

GMO and organic – can they work together?

March 3rd, 2017 / The Grower, US

Could they learn to work together? A growing population—and a changing climate—may demand it. Conventional agriculture has a history of depleting the soil and polluting waterways with contaminated runoff. But there is a growing recognition that such practices are not sustainable—short term yields may be higher with conventional methods, but …

Uganda media houses call for increased public sensitisation on GMOS

March 1st, 2017 / ISAAA, US

Media houses in Uganda have called for a wider sensitization of the public on genetically modified organisms. This was during a series of workshops themed ‘Engaging the Media on the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012 held in Kampala on February 14 and 23, 2017. The workshops were jointly organized …

Mozambique plants first GM maize field trial

March 1st, 2017 / ISAAA, US

Mozambique has planted the first field trial of genetically modified (GM) maize in the Chokwe District of Gaza Province in the southern part of the country on February 18, 2017. The GM maize plants were planted in the Confined Field Trial (CFT) run by the Mozambican Agricultural Research Institute (Instituto …

3 key ingredients to achieve food security in Africa

February 28th, 2017 / Thompson Reuters

African farmers face one of the greatest balancing acts of the 21st century – feeding a rapidly expanding population without causing irreparable damage to the environment they rely on. It’s a monumental ask.
A meeting, organised by Farm Africa and the UK National Farmers’ Union (NFU), explored how the global agricultural …

Operation Phakisa to transform agricultural sector

February 28th, 2017 / BizCommunity, South Africa

The government unveilled the Operation Phakisa segment that focuses on agriculture, land reform, and rural development. This segment is meant to enhance and transform the agricultural sector while accelerating land reform.
The programme will review existing producer support models and develop finance models aimed at fast-tracking land reform, given the …

Gene catalogues aim to help crops survive climate change

February 27th, 2017 / Scientific American

As farmers struggle with a shifting climate, a group of scientists are drilling down to the heart of the matter: crop genetics.
Climate change poses a variety of risks to agricultural produce, including starving crops of water and preventing them from growing in traditional regions. Recent research suggests America’s Corn Belt …

The new face of farming: youth making agribusiness ‘cool’!

February 27th, 2017 / African Renewal, UN

Run a quick Google search on African women making it in business, and you will rarely find a young woman engaged in rural farming. But Mavis Nduchwa has challenged norms by founding and successfully managing a commercial animal feed farm in Botswana.
Thirty-three-year-old Ms. Nduchwa, who was born on a …

How European-based NGOs block crop biotechnology adoption In Africa

February 27th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Margaret Karembu, Director of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, writes: “I grew up in rural Africa, in Central Kenya, in a small village deep down the slopes of Mt Kenya called Gaikundo. For most parts of the year, it was a struggle putting food on the table …