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The fuss about biotechnology: Why?

March 19th, 2018 / The Nigerian Voice

Science, technological innovation and a fundamental understanding of nature are among the major drivers of progress. Today’s advances in the treatment of human disease have been made possible by the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928 and the DNA double-helix structure by Watson and Crick in 1953. These …

Is nature “natural” anymore?

March 16th, 2018 / Mapping Ignorance, Spain

It seems that we are definitely heading towards the bio-based society, a new way of interacting with the environment where fossil fuels won’t be needed anymore and “more natural” processes for producing energy, food and materials will prevail. Remarkably, this bio-turn often involves highly advanced biotechnology and strict competitive targets, …

Africa: time is now to scale up women’s rights and nutrition activism in Africa

March 12th, 2018 / AllAfrica.com

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, three African leaders and activists, Martin Chungong, Cameroonian Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, former Prime Minister of Niger and CEO of NEPAD Agency, and Nahas Angula, former Prime Minister of Namibia and Convener of the Namibia Alliance for Improved …

Challenges facing Ugandan agriculture

March 12th, 2018 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali writes:
Quite often our leaders talk about farming as the foundation of the country’s economy and it is strongly tied to poverty reduction.
The sector employs about 75 per cent of the country’s population, contributes about 20 per cent of the GDP and about 48 per cent of …

China, BRICS to focus on Africa food security

March 9th, 2018 / BRICS Post

As the 10th BRICS Summit in South Africa approaches, member countries are turning their resources to boosting African development.
On Wednesday, Chinese Agriculture Minister Hang Changfu told members of the national legislature that Beijing is ready to share its skills and technologies to enhance food development in Africa.
He said that China …

China does not attach any conditions to African assistance

March 9th, 2018 / gb Times, China

China will continue to offer condition-free assistance to African countries by training agricultural technicians, providing agricultural machinery and supplying various fertilisers, Han Changbin, China’s Minister of Agriculture, announced on Wednesday.
Han made the statement during a press conference on the sidelines of the national legislature’s annual session, when asked how Africa …

Data can help to end malnutrition across Africa

March 5th, 2018 / Nature, UK

Kofi Annan writes:
In 2000, the United Nations hosted the largest gathering of political leaders ever held. At that meeting, all 189 UN member states, plus leading development institutions, committed to the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight ambitious goals for lifting more than one billion people worldwide out of …

Youth-led research highlights key challenges facing young people developing and adopting agricultural technology

March 1st, 2018 / Pan-African Visions

Young African innovators are taking charge of their future and designing innovative agricultural technologies despite lacking access to finance, innovation hubs, and information according to a new report released by the Mastercard Foundation Youth Think Tank. At a launch organized by Restless Development in partnership with the Foundation, 14 youth …

Decent jobs for rural youth key to Africa’s prosperity

February 27th, 2018 / Asian Independent, UK

Africa must, in coming decades, explore the entire food chain to create adequate jobs for young people, especially in rural areas, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday.
“Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities …

Adesina urges America to support African agriculture as a business

February 23rd, 2018 / AfricanBrains

“I do not seek aid for Africa. I seek investments in Africa,” said the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina in making a strong case for increased American and global investments to help unlock Africa’s agriculture potential.
He made the remarks as the Distinguished Guest Speaker, at the …