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EU: no patents on conventional plant breeding

February 24th, 2017 / hortibiz.com

Plant breeders must have free access to biological material in order to be able to breed new crop species. Patent law thus does not apply to conventional plant breeding. This was unanimously confirmed by the European Member States at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels. The Member States indicated that it …

Yield gaps – social aspects

January 12th, 2017 / Claudia Canales, B4FA

Yield gaps, the difference between actual production and what is potentially achievable under optimum growing conditions, are greatest in the poorer parts of the world, and these regions are also the ones that are predicted to be most vulnerable to the combined pressures of increases in population, the effects of …

The race to create super-crops

May 22nd, 2016 / Nature

Old-fashioned breeding techniques are bearing more fruit than genetic engineering in developing hyper-efficient plants. Read …

How to get the best out of animal manure

March 9th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Advice for B4FA Fellow and farmer, Michael Ssali. Farmers with small plots of land must take good care of the soil to get maximum crop yields. Such farmers use simple tools like hoes, spades and watering cans but they are best positioned to fully inspect their gardens and to successfully …

New crop varieties for Nigerian farmers

February 15th, 2016 / All Africa.com

The Federal Government has approved the release of 17 new high yield crop varieties to Nigerian farmers to enhance food production according to the National Varieties Release Committee (NVRC). NVRC chairman, Oladosu Awoyemi said at the 23rd meeting of the NVRC at Ibadan only 17 of the 24 crop …

Women’s role in achieving a food secured Africa

January 25th, 2016 / International Policy Digest, US

The just ended year 2015 was the African Union’s Year of Women Empowerment. In post 2015, one thing is apparent – that Africa will not effectively achieve food security and poverty reduction unless the gender gap in economic opportunities is narrowed. Indeed the importance of women in development is well …

Growing concern over El Nino’s impact on southern Africa as planting window ends

January 20th, 2016 / UNFP, Rome

The El Niño global weather event, which is leading to even worse drought across the region, is already affecting this year’s crop. With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is …

The genetic revolution could curb world hunger and pesticide use

December 10th, 2015 / Huffington Post

Over the past year or so, researchers around the world have begun using a new gene-editing technique that has the potential to help stop world hunger, end the use of pesticides and improve our health. CRISPR-Cas9 allows scientists to change, delete or replace DNA more easily than ever before. Theoretically, …

Uganda: “Some Western countries do not need GMOs but we do”

October 12th, 2015 / AllAfrica

Recently, Daily Monitor published an opinion titled, “Future of Africa’s agriculture lies in sustainable green farming, not GMOs.” But Ugandans should not resist this technology simply because some Western countries have not accepted it. Let us not forget the countries that are resisting GMOs are food secure and are not …

Despite mistrust, GM foods gaining momentum in Kenya

September 14th, 2015 / Standard

A new study shows poorer countries are growing GMOs to their benefit, while controversy continues over the technology in Kenya, where a government ban on importation and consumption of GMOs has thrown the technology in the country in disarray, even though Kenya is considered the most technologically advanced in the …