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Africa: food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought

June 12th, 2017 /

Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
Some 37 countries, 28 of which are in …

Please say no to the term ‘GMO’

June 12th, 2017 / AGDaily

In science and medicine the terminology applied can be the difference between life and death, success and failure. Words have precise meanings, and a productive dialogue in the sciences requires adherence to a common set of mutually recognized terms. Shared meaning is like a verbal handshake that ensures a positive …

Public learns about biotech for climate smart agriculture at World Environment Day commemoration in Uganda

June 8th, 2017 / ISAAA

“I believe in green energy, green agriculture, and a green economy. We can waste no more time, let us fight together for our planet, ” said French ambassador to Uganda, Ms. Stephanie Rivoal, while speaking on behalf of the European Union at the World Environment Day celebrations in Ibanda district …

AU launches business plan to transform agriculture

June 5th, 2017 / New Vision, Uganda

The African Union (AU) has launched a joint business plan that will be used by member states to implement the CAADP-Malabo declarations. The plan that runs from 2017 to 2021 will support operations at a country level that will support agriculture transformation.
The plan was launched on Wednesday at the official …

Biofortification: is it the next ‘Green Revolution’ for more nutritious food?

June 5th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Projects, US

The Green Revolution that began in the 1940s and 50s brought about large increases in crop yields and saved millions of people from mass famine. Yet malnutrition remains widely prevalent around the globe. And, while many people eat enough calories, many do not get enough nutrients.
Now, plant breeders and biotechnologists …

With or without the US, Africa must push ahead with Paris climate pledges

June 4th, 2017 /

The decision by President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change will be greeted with anger, dismay and incomprehension across the African continent.
It comes as hunger on a massive scale is unfolding across East Africa, with drought and conflict leaving a record 26.5 million …

Tanzania: Monsanto targets GMO seeds factory

June 1st, 2017 /

MONSANTO Tanzania, the multinational agricultural biotechnology company, plans to open Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds production facility in the country.
The firm revealed during the opening of its office in Njiro Industrial Area in Arusha yesterday after seeing GMO maize seeds demand increase.
The Monsanto African Regional Lead, Dr Gyanendra Shukla said …

AFDB annual meeting ends with call for inclusive growth

May 30th, 2017 / Africa News

The 43rd African Development Bank Group (AFDB) annual meeting ended on a high note on Thursday in Ahmedabad, India, with applause on the optimism generated by the bank’s good balance sheet and the early successes of its High 5 priorities, especially in agriculture and energy.
The Bank signed series of project …

Quality agricultural education essential to increase productivity

May 30th, 2017 / BizCommunity

How do we help to increase food production? We know that increasing the levels and quality of education generally is essential to raising productivity – and agriculture is no different. For starters, improving the understanding and use of soil and techniques such as irrigation; growing the use of technology, and …

Africa needs to encourage entrepreneurship

May 26th, 2017 / Huffington Post, South Africa

African governments must encourage entrepreneurship in their domestic policies to see stronger economic growth, this is according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 which was released on Monday, May 22 2017. The report details Africa’s sluggish economic growth in 2015 which fell to 2.2 percent from 3.4 percent because …