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Why farmers always buy seed

May 8th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

By B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali
Traditionally when a farmer harvested a crop some of it would be saved as seed for planting in the next rain season.
When a farmer noticed that a neighbour had good beans, he would request for some to plant.
Farmers select seed for different reasons such as …

Kenya ranks high in transforming agriculture

May 8th, 2018 / Daily Nation, Kenya

The Africa Union last week launched the first-ever African Agricultural Transformation Scorecard in Libreville, Gabon, evaluating progress of nations in the continent towards achieving commitments of the 2014 Malabo Declaration.
The report ranks Kenya eight out of the 47 AU member states that submitted their progress status. The country scored 4.8 …

Golden rice demo farm looms in Batac City

May 8th, 2018 / Manilla Bulletin, Philippines

A demonstration farm of a genetically-modified golden rice is set to be established in Batac City anytime this year as an alternative solution to malnutrition in the country.
While other farmers here remain skeptical about the reported danger it may pose to public health and biodiversity, the Department of Agriculture-attached agency …

Farming with a green thumb

May 8th, 2018 / dw.com

Over the years [email protected] has looked into different and creative ways of farming. Here are five ideas that struck a chord and have the possibility to change lives in Africa and across the globe. Read …

Genetic engineering applied to agriculture has a long row to hoe

May 3rd, 2018 / GM Crops and Food

In spite of the lack of scientific justification for skepticism about crops modified with molecular techniques of genetic engineering, they have been the most scrutinized agricultural products in human history. The assumption that “genetically engineered” or “genetically modified” is a meaningful – and dangerous – classification has led to excessive …

As gene editing nears the field, regulators and consumers lag behind

May 3rd, 2018 / The Progressive Farmer, US

A mushroom that doesn’t brown. White flour with as much fiber as whole-wheat flour. Corn that can fend off northern corn leaf blight. Soybeans that can tolerate salty soils and drought.
These products and dozens more are quietly making their way from laboratories to fields, bypassing the regulatory hurdles that genetically …

Delving into the GMO traits that cut back pesticide impacts globally

May 3rd, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

This is the second in a three-part series making the case that the development of the biotech traits for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance are the most substantial innovations in sustainable agriculture in the last three decades. In part one, I laid out the context in which I believe they …

What are the political drivers for GMOs in developing countries?

May 2nd, 2018 / Devex

In developing nations across the globe, governments are grappling with questions of what role, if any, genetically modified organisms should play in helping address a range of agriculture, nutrition, and climate challenges.
Concerns have been raised over the environmental and health impacts of GMOs, as well as their impact on traditional …

Uganda: Agriculture scientists want review on GMO law

May 2nd, 2018 / New Vision, Uganda

Agricultural Scientists have called for a review of the recommendations made by the Parliamentary Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation in “The national biosafety act 2017”.
They say the recommendations are too restrictive, arguing that it might lead into a bad law that is likely to stifle efforts of Ugandan scientists …

Let’s recognize Roundup Ready and Bt crops as major contributions to sustainable farming

May 2nd, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

This is the first in a three-part series making the case that the development of biotech traits for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance are the most substantial innovations in sustainable agriculture in the last three decades. Here, I lay out the context in which I believe they should be assessed …