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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 …

A message to climate negotiators: Don’t forget farmers

August 7th, 2015 / SciDev.net

“In Africa, climate change is expected to lower crop yields by at least five per cent with two degrees Celsius warming, and by about 15 per cent if it increases to 2.5 degrees Celsius,” says James Kinyangi, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, “but a global …

Can gene editing provide a solution to global hunger?

July 6th, 2015 / The Conversation

Gene editing is a promising technique to help increase nutrients in crops or make them more resilient. However, there remain uncertainties about the impact of gene-edited organisms on the environment and health. Research is currently under way to improve these techniques, reduce the frequency of unwanted mutations and improve safety. …