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Saving African cassava from whiteflies

January 28th, 2016 / TED, US

For decades, the farmers of East Africa have battled the African whitefly, a tiny insect that infests the cassava crop. Cassava, also called manioc, arrowroot or tapioca, is an important food all over the world — more than half a billion people (yes, billion with a b) rely on cassava …

Delay to accept GM technology not good for us

January 27th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Michale Ssale writes, “Finally, our neighbour, Kenya, is set to lift the ban on imports of genetically modified (GM) food crops by the end of this month. The hesitation to accept GM technology in most countries is premised on the fear that it poses a danger to health …

Uganda: GM potato shows extreme resistance to late bright

January 27th, 2016 / ISAAA

The first field trial of genetically modified (GM) potatoes resistant to potato blight conducted in Uganda from October 2015 to January 2016 has been completed. Twelve highly resistant GM potatoes of ‘Desiree’ and one of ‘Victoria’ varieties from the International Potato Center (CIP) showed extreme levels of resistance compared to …

Climate change and GMOs: can non-transgenic varieties address global challenges?

January 27th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Talk over rice production and genetics has been dominated by Golden Rice, the bioengineered rice variety that was enhanced to produce Vitamin A. While this has the promise to cure up to 500,000 annual worldwide cases of blindness due to Vitamin A-deficient diets, it has yet to come to market. …

Encouraging GM food crops only way out for India says MP

January 26th, 2016 / The Economic Times, India

With the government deciding to roll out the food security law, former Food Minister and senior Congress MP K V Thomas today said encouraging Genetically Modified (GM) crops is the only way the country can feed its growing population. Read …

Anti-GMO groups side against Gates Foundation

January 26th, 2016 / AG Professional, US

The U.S. Right to Know and Global Justice Now are two activist organizations hammering against any organizations or public institution supportive of genetically modified (GM) crops and the funding of their spread in the U.S. and Africa. Both are condemning the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and those receiving money …

Calestous Juma: A biotech revolution for Africa

January 23rd, 2016 / Capital Finance International

In western countries, the genetic modification of crops is often seen as a threat to the environment. Professor Calestous Juma takes a contrarian view: he is a keen advocate of biotechnology and its potential to transform African economies. Read …

MYTH: UN endorses small-scale organic farming over biotech

January 23rd, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Looking at the body of current evidence, most scientists have found a reduced environmental impact, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and better situation for farmers as result of biotechnology. When you combine that with the scientific consensus that GMOs are just as safe, and in some cases nutritionally and environmentally superior …

Most African smallholder farmers mainly buy seeds through informal markets

January 23rd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Small, family farmers in Africa purchase more than half of their seeds every year through local markets and other informal sources – neglected outlets that present a major opportunity for improving access to better crop varieties crucial to dealing with climate, nutrition, and other production challenges in a region where …

Can “green” claims turn the GMO debate around in 2016?

January 22nd, 2016 / Food Navigator, US

Growing consumer concern about food waste and the environmental impact of food production could be a “conversation starter” for food manufacturers to shift consumers’ focus on genetically modified organisms away from the perceived negative impact to the benefits, suggests one market trends analyst. Read …