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Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food

May 7th, 2015 / TED.com

Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In this eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the …

Is Food Security Prompting a New Race for Africa?

May 5th, 2015 / International Policy Digest

The 2008 financial crisis demonstrated the consequences of rising fuel and food prices. In particular, developed and emerging market countries with sparse arable land have become acutely aware of their vulnerability to food security, all the more so in the face of climate change. Moreover, foreign corporations have discovered the …

The future of food: growing more with the same land

May 4th, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

There are three main reasons why the productivity of existing farmland will need to dramatically increase in the next 40 years.
The world’s population is unlikely to stabilise this century and is on course to reach up to 12 billion by 2100. That’s double the existing population and a lot of …

How I Got Converted to G.M.O. Food

May 4th, 2015 / New York Times, USA

Mark Lynas writes “A lifelong environmentalist, I opposed genetically modified foods in the past. Fifteen years ago, I even participated in vandalizing field trials in Britain. Then I changed my mind. After writing two books on the science of climate change, I decided I could no longer continue taking a …

Training young scientists to help farmers

May 4th, 2015 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru writes “Investing in closing gaps in plant breeding and seed systems is critical in combating hunger, malnutrition and poverty. And to address these challenges requires human capital and working systems, among others.To achieve this goal, Makerere University has developed a curriculum to train students in plant …

African food demand to rise 60 per cent by 2030

May 4th, 2015 / African Farming

Demand for food in sub-Saharan Africa will rise by 60 per cent by 2030, according to the World Bank. A report by the group, entitled ‘Ending Poverty and Hunger by 2030: An Agenda for the Global Food System’ called for pre-emptive action from governments across the continent to increase agricultural …

VOICES AND VIEWS: WHY BIOTECH?

May 4th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Is there a place for biotechnology in the world? What is its impact? These are some of the questions answered by biotech experts, farmers, economists, and journalists in ISAAA’s latest brief titled Voices and Views: Why Biotech? Read …

Nigeria: Tackling Challenge of Food Scarcity at Scientists’ Confab

May 3rd, 2015 / AllAfrica.com

Unless effective soil management strategies are embraced in Nigeria, the nation should expect an imminent food scarcity, the President of the Soil Society of Nigeria Professor V.O. Chude has said. Read …

GM feeds do not undermine animal health or productivity

May 2nd, 2015 / Feed Navigator.com, UK

The inclusion of genetically modified plants (GMPs) in feed is safe for animal and human health, concludes a leading German animal nutrition researcher. Read …

Will Ethiopia’s teff be the next super grain?

May 1st, 2015 / BBC, UK

Ethiopians have been growing and obsessing about teff for millennia, and it may become the new “super grain” of choice in Europe and North America, overtaking the likes of quinoa and spelt. High in protein and calcium, and gluten-free, teff is already growing in popularity on the international stage. Read …