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Burkina Faso is moving forward with GMO research

January 22nd, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

Agriculturalists in Burkina Faso say their country is still open to using the tools of biotechnology, despite the decision to stop growing genetically modified cotton.
A controversy erupted over the low quality of fiber produced by GMO (Bt) cotton, prompting a withdrawal of the seeds in 2015 after they had been …

Sweet potato project improves nutrition and incomes

May 1st, 2017 / SciDev.net

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: Farmers and entrepreneurs in West Africa are benefiting from a project that offers improved sweet potato varieties and market access. The US$4 million project that began in April 2014 and ended last month (March 2017) was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and …

Success of GMO crops in neighbouring countries may influence adoption in Ghana

September 28th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Ghana is currently running confined field trials of some selected GE crops, but analysis of ongoing genetically modified organism (GMO) debates and published opinions shows a considerable amount of opposition to GE agriculture and GMOs in Ghana. This notwithstanding, we suggest that Bt cotton cultivation in Burkina Faso—Ghana’s immediate neighbor …

Great Green Wall: ambitious plan to beat back the Sahara

September 14th, 2016 / AfkInsider.com

Eleven African countries are making headway in their ambitious pan-African effort to plant trees along the edge of the Sahara desert, the world largest, and beat back its spread into more arable land southwards.
The plan dubbed the ‘Great Green Wall’ seeks to counter the spread of Sahara Desert in Africa …

AGRA project seeks to cut African farmers post-harvest losses

August 1st, 2016 / News Ghana

The project, implemented by the AGRA and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) at a cost of US$ 2.155 million will support applied research to bring effective, field-tested innovations for reducing post-harvest loss of soybeans and cowpeas to thousands of smallholder farmers in Mozambique and Burkina Faso on …

Ghana: Seven WACCI students graduate with PhDs in plant breeding

July 25th, 2016 / Ghana News Agency

The fight against food insecurity and malnutrition received a boost as seven students, from six African countries – Ghana,Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Niger graduated with PhDs in plant breeding from WACCI at the University of Ghana. Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Director of WACCI, said the Centre was optimistic …

What’s really behind the negative GM cotton story in Burkina Faso?

June 7th, 2016 / Dr Jocelyn Webster, B4FA.org

According to several well publicised recent reports, Burkina Faso has begun to phase out the use of genetically modified cotton which has been planted commercially since 2008 in the country. In fact, Burkina Faso became one of the first countries in Africa to adopt insect resistant GM cotton with field …

Burkina Faso puts GM cotton on hold

April 30th, 2016 / Cornell Alliance for Science, US

GM cotton in Burkina Faso has been a runaway success for local farmers, and with new improvements in the pipeline to fix an issue with fiber length, the crop can continue to provide much needed extra income for smallholders keen to emerge from poverty. GM cotton was commercialized in …

Burkina Faso abandoned GM Bt cotton

February 6th, 2016 / News Ghana

In a move that will likely upset Biotech’s long-term plans for Africa, the African country Burkina Faso has abandoned genetically modified Bt Cotton crops in order to phase out inferior quality GM crops for non-GM crops. Read …

Africa gets new centre for agricultural innovation

January 22nd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

A new research centre that will help African countries promote innovation in the agricultural sector to combat rural poverty and hunger has been inaugurated. The Green Innovation Center, which was inaugurated at AfricaRice in Benin this month (3 January), aims to boost agricultural productivity, increase the incomes of smallholder farmers …