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Allow experts to handle GMO testing process

October 12th, 2016 / Business Daily

Health minister Cleopa Mailu’s decision to keep on hold the planned trials of genetically modified (GM) maize on the basis of a decision made four years ago shows the extent to which Kenya’s policy landscape is fraught with contradictions.
That the minister can still by fiat overrule the professional advice from …

State pledges Sh2 billion to encourage youth in agriculture

October 10th, 2016 / The Star, Kenya

The government has committed Sh2 billion to support youth in agriculture, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
The President said the Sh2 billion Youth Fund would be used to train young people in new farming techniques.
“It will also be spent on new technology and management, so that through the entire agriculture value …

How climate change Is fuelling a food crisis in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria

October 3rd, 2016 / National Geographic, US

The frontline of global warming is on farms. But the story is about much more than hunger.
The village of Nowcaca is nestled in the verdant hills of northwestern Mozambique, some 600 miles north of the coastal capital Maputo. A footpath winds through a sea of shoulder-high grasses, leading from a …

Latest China-funded biotech research facility completed in Nairobi

September 30th, 2016 / Coastweek, Kenya

A state-of-the-art facility funded by the Chinese government to promote collaborative research with African countries in the field of agriculture and biodiversity conservation has beenofficially handed over to a Kenyan university.
A hand-over ceremony was held on the campus of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) where the …

Kenya: Nod on GM cotton field trials shifts focus to release of biotech maize

September 14th, 2016 / Daily Nation, Kenya

A decision by the National Bio-Safety Authority (NBA), to approve open field trials for genetically modified (GM) cotton is bound to raise more confusion in an area that has been dogged by controversy.
There has been a push and pull regarding release of biotech maize for National Performance Trials even after …

A rice revolution for Africa?

August 31st, 2016 / IOL Business News, South Africa

The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say scientists, who are using web-based tools to identify the right climate conditions to maximise harvests. The 15 hybrids, bred in Kenya and Tanzania, are also tolerant to diseases and …

Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania Closer to Ending Maize Disease

August 22nd, 2016 /

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 …