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Ghana’s government lauds WACCI for enhancing food security

December 6th, 2016 / Ghana New Agency

The University of Ghana’s West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) has been commended for its initiative towards enhancing food security in Ghana and the West African subregion.
Mrs Mona Quartey, a Deputy Minister of Finance, commended WACCI for being one of the most outstanding Africa Centres of Excellence (ACE) in the …

Open letter to the Member States of the African Regional Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

December 5th, 2016 / bulawayo24.com, Zimbabwe

A specific concern is that the Arusha Protocol provides very strong intellectual property rights to breeders of uniform varieties, at the expense of farmers’ rights. There is nothing in the Protocol or the draft Regulations that expressly safeguards the right of smallholder farmers in the ARIPO region to freely use, …

Ethiopia to commercialize BT cotton in two years

December 2nd, 2016 / Africa Business Communities, Netherlands

Ethiopia is set to begin commercialization of biotechnologically developed cotton following the adoption of a law that granted experimentation rights both in labs and fields and the conduct of confined field trials of the BT cotton.
According to Endale Gebre (PhD), director of agricultural bio technology sector at the Ethiopian Agricultural …

Plant microbiomes and sustainable agriculture

December 2nd, 2016 / EMBOpress, Germany

Science: Deciphering the plant microbiome and its role in nutrient supply and plant immunity has great potential to reduce the use of fertilizers and biocides in agriculture. This topic is gaining in importance. See …

Federal agency to introduce GM rice, beans, sorghum

December 1st, 2016 / Punch, Nigeria

The first set of genetically modified crops approved by the Federal Government is to be released in the country in two years, the National Biotechnology Development Agency has said.
The Director-General, NABDA, Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, disclosed this at a special session of the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology held at the …

Egypt: Students launch first scientific internet radio station

December 1st, 2016 / IAAAS, US

Cairo University students under the BSc Biotechnology program launched the Scientific Square Radio (SSR). It is the first scientific radio station in Egypt and is located at the Central Library, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University. Prof. Naglaa Abdallah, Coordinator of the BSc Biotechnology program and Director of the Egypt Biotechnology …

Fertilizers and low emission development in sub-Saharan Africa

December 1st, 2016 / Edis, UK

Many countries in Africa included fertilizer use, soil fertility management, and agricultural inputs as part of their contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement. While nitrogen (N) fertilizers contribute substantially to nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions globally, emissions from fertilizers are still low in sub-Saharan Africa. Projections of future food needs in …

Common grass could help boost food security

November 30th, 2016 / Phys.org

Australian researchers have discovered that the common Panic grasses could hold the secret to increasing the yields of cereal crops and help feed the world with increasing temperature extremes and a population of nearly 10 billion people by 2050.
The findings, published in Nature Plants, show the potential to improve crop …

Protecting and developing African agriculture in the face of climate change

November 29th, 2016 / Bizcommunity, South Africa

The United Nations 2016 climate change conference (COP22), meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, presented an historic opportunity to refocus the global community’s attention on the need to help developing nations adapt to climate change. In no area could this be more pressing than Africa, where protecting food security and ending hunger …

Biotech: how bias fuels anti-GMO controversies

November 29th, 2016 / Leadership, Nigeria

Speaking at a sensitisation seminar on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and agricultural biotechnology for staff of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology yesterday in Abuja, the director-general of the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, identified bias as a major sponsor of anti-GMO controversy in Nigeria, noting with …