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Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Closer to Ending Maize Disease

August 22nd, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

East Africa is inching closer to eradicating Maize Lethal Necrosis (MLN) with a variety of seeds that can tolerate and resist the disease undergoing national performance trials in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania to be ready for planting in 2018.
Scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre in conjunction with …

Kenya to begin testing GMO maize, commercialization expected by 2018

August 15th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

The performance-testing of GM maize will start in October in Kitale. This comes after the National Biosafety Authority early this year approved an application by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation that requested the release of insect-resistant maize. NBA chief executive Willy Tonui …

Ghana: Seven WACCI students graduate with PhDs in plant breeding

July 25th, 2016 / Ghana News Agency

The fight against food insecurity and malnutrition received a boost as seven students, from six African countries – Ghana,Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Niger graduated with PhDs in plant breeding from WACCI at the University of Ghana. Professor Eric Yirenkyi Danquah, Director of WACCI, said the Centre was optimistic …

Lawmaker champions uptake of GMOs to boost food security

July 12th, 2016 / Daily Nation, Kenya

Kenya’s Senate Education Committee Chairman Daniel Karaba says countries that have embraced the technology are more food secure and have thriving economies. See …

Experts to seek remedies for post-harvest losses

June 16th, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

There is an urgent need to improve large-scale grain and produce storage in Africa to reduce food losses to protect consumers from the serious health consequences of high aflatoxin levels, experts have said. Philippe Villers, the president of GrainPro, a US-based green “not-only-for-profit” company, said proper drying of grains …

Kenya: Scientists oppose move to have MPs legislate GMO field trials

May 30th, 2016 / AllAfrica

Biotechnology experts have opposed plans to transfer the function of approving field trials for GMO products from the National Biosafety Authority to Parliament. Read …

Young African with a biomedical degree prefers farming watermelons

May 27th, 2016 / AFKInsider, US

Annie Nyaga felt the pull of farming so strongly that soon after graduating from Kenya’s Egerton University with a degree in biomedical science, she returned the occupation of her parents — working the land. Today, she farms watermelons. Her business, Farm2Home, is more than a farm — it’s a …

African smallholders to get stress-tolerant maize

April 23rd, 2016 / SciDev.net, UK

B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh reports: A new project that aims to provide farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant maize varieties has been launched to help the region boost food security. The Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) project will apply conventional breeding techniques to develop maize varieties and hybrids capable …

Kenya: failure to use biotechnology hurting farmers

April 19th, 2016 / All Africa.com

Farmers are missing out on opportunities to integrate proven cutting edge biotechnology tools that would boost yields and mitigate the impact of climate change, according to a new report released by the International Services for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Read …

Kenyan researchers step up trials for GM crops to fight hunger

March 16th, 2016 / Daily Nation, Kenya

National field trials for genetically modified maize (BT maize) have reignited interest in the bid by government and private companies to use science to produce more food cheaply. The situation has been made more urgent as the population continues to grow and worsening climatic conditions make more and more people …