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Product, not process! Explaining a basic concept in agricultural biotechnologies & food safety

March 6th, 2017 / Life Sciences, Society and Policy

Most life scientists have relentlessly recommended any evaluative approach of agri-food products to be based on examination of the phenotype, i.e. the actual characteristics of the food, feed and fiber varieties: the effects of any new cultivar (or micro-organism, animal) on our health are not dependent on the process(es), the …

NEPAD: Need to focus on agriculture projects

March 3rd, 2017 / NAN, Nigeria

Stakeholders at the two-day workshop on the Skills Initiative for Africa programme have advised NEPAD to focus on addressing skill gap by implementing agriculture projects in the country.
The stakeholders gave the recommendation in a communiqué read by Dr Iyk Oji, Special Adviser to the National Coordinator of NEPAD Nigeria, Mrs …

Our body does not absorb genetic material from our food

March 3rd, 2017 / DTU Food, Denmark

A major new study carried out by researchers from the Denmark’s National Food Institute has found no evidence that genetic material from the food we eat is absorbed via the intestine into the bloodstream from where it has the ability to change the body’s functions.
The study has been carried out …

GMO and organic – can they work together?

March 3rd, 2017 / The Grower, US

Could they learn to work together? A growing population—and a changing climate—may demand it. Conventional agriculture has a history of depleting the soil and polluting waterways with contaminated runoff. But there is a growing recognition that such practices are not sustainable—short term yields may be higher with conventional methods, but …

3 key ingredients to achieve food security in Africa

February 28th, 2017 / Thompson Reuters

African farmers face one of the greatest balancing acts of the 21st century – feeding a rapidly expanding population without causing irreparable damage to the environment they rely on. It’s a monumental ask.
A meeting, organised by Farm Africa and the UK National Farmers’ Union (NFU), explored how the global agricultural …

The new face of farming: youth making agribusiness ‘cool’!

February 27th, 2017 / African Renewal, UN

Run a quick Google search on African women making it in business, and you will rarely find a young woman engaged in rural farming. But Mavis Nduchwa has challenged norms by founding and successfully managing a commercial animal feed farm in Botswana.
Thirty-three-year-old Ms. Nduchwa, who was born on a …

How European-based NGOs block crop biotechnology adoption In Africa

February 27th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Margaret Karembu, Director of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, writes: “I grew up in rural Africa, in Central Kenya, in a small village deep down the slopes of Mt Kenya called Gaikundo. For most parts of the year, it was a struggle putting food on the table …

Ghana V-P targets youth in agriculture

February 24th, 2017 / Peace FM Online

As part of moves to tackle graduate unemployment and to encourage youth in Agriculture, His Excellency the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in collaboration with CIEDOM – HOG International and the University of Cape Coast School of Agriculture, will soon launch an entertainment cum education project dubbed: ‘the Ultimate Farmer …

Agriculture in Africa: Potential versus reality

February 23rd, 2017 / How we made it in Africa

With more than 60% of its 1.166 billion people living in rural areas, Africa’s economy is inherently dependent on agriculture. More than 32% of the continent’s gross domestic product comes from the sector.
However, agricultural productivity still remains far from developed world standards. Over 90% of agriculture depends on rainfall, with …

Rwanda: over 3,000 farmers to receive coffee treatment skills

February 16th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Sustainable Harvest Rwanda, a nongovernmental organisation that aims to improve coffee productivity, this week launched a three-year-long project to help women better take control of the coffee farming process.
The project, which will focus on three districts (Gakenke, Rulindo and Gicumbi) in the Northern Province, will train more than 3,000 female …