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What you need to know about Genetic Modification

January 3rd, 2016 / Daily Trust, Nigeria

Humans have been genetically modifying plants and animals for thousands of years through selective cross-breeding and domestication. Prior to the 1970s, it was primarily conducted by selecting the seeds of the best crops to sow each year, which eventually created relatively uniform strains of crop plants.
Through hybridization, farmers were also …

Cameroon: on the path to introducing GMOs

January 2nd, 2016 / IPS

Cameroon is on the path to introduce genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). This would be overseen by the Cameroon Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the National Biosafety Committee, if the Cameroon Cotton Corporation successfully implements a three-year test cultivation of cotton. The introduction of GMOs is seen by many as …

US$4 million project to control maize lethal necrosis

January 2nd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

A new project has been launched to control the spread of a lethal viral disease which affects maize yields and threatens food security in many Sub-Saharan Africa countries. The project for tackling maize lethal necrosis (MLN), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was launched at a …

Inter-planting coffee and banana to cope with climate change

January 2nd, 2016 / IPS

Studies by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and partner organizations show that a Ugandan farmer gets 50 per cent more income from inter cropping coffee and banana than from growing either crop alone. Conducted in over 30 districts of Uganda, the study showed that coffee yield remained the …

GM wheat is coming

January 1st, 2016 / High Plains Journal, US

Regulatory approval of modified wheat could be politically influenced in the decade ahead. Liberal governments in rich countries make strange decisions. If population grows as predicted in the developing world there will be both need and demand. There is no guarantee the first genetically modified wheat will come from the …

Achieving a yield revolution in major food

January 1st, 2016 / Business Today, India

World renowned geneticist M.S.Swaminathan says “new frontiers of the mind and technology are before us, and if they are pioneered with the same vision, boldness and drive with which the battle against food shortage was fought through the green revolution, we can achieve the goal of zero-hunger sooner than generally …

West Africa: Using SMS Texts to Provide Weather Forecasts for Small Farmers

December 23rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Ignitia, a high-tech social enterprise, has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to deliver reliable, targeted, low-cost tropical weather forecasts via text messages to 1.2 million small-scale farmers in West Africa by the end of 2017. BCtA is a global initiative that encourages companies to fight …

Zambia: bio-refinery welcome development

December 23rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Editorial: the construction of Zambia’s first bio-refinery to cater for 20 per cent of the country’s petroleum requirements has come at the right time when the country is in dire need of cheaper energy to propel its economy. Read …

Paris Climate Agreement unlocks opportunities for food and farming

December 21st, 2015 / Global Forum on Agricultural Research

COP21 opened the door for more adaptation and mitigation in the agriculture sector – will the agriculture community march in? New analysis from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS ) Read …

Protecting plants’ genetic resources for agriculture

December 18th, 2015 / The Namibian

Efforts are afoot to conserve and sustainably use plants as genetic resources for food and agriculture in Namibia. The Namibian National Strategic Action Plan for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (NNSAP-PGRFA) was recently developed under the guidance of the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (GRTC) and a two-day …