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Challenges in the seed sector can be addressed through seed licensing agreement mechanism

April 26th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: the Chief of Party for the Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support project Dr. Walter Nunez Rodriguez has revealed that the challenges in the seed sector can only be address through a licensing agreement mechanism, which protect the breeder and the private sector in …

Shaping the global food system to deliver improved nutrition and health

April 26th, 2016 / World Bank, US

The world bears the triple burden of malnutrition: hunger; undernutrition due to insufficient intake of vitamins and minerals; and obesity due to unhealthy diets. Feeding people well is as important as feeding people enough; shaping food systems to deliver safe, nutritious and sustainable food should be a priority. Interventions …

These 3 GM crops will change how we farm

April 26th, 2016 / Gizmodo, India

Three of the world’s most troubling crop diseases were just hit with three new disease-resistant crops varieties, thanks to genetic modification-each with a slightly different mechanism. The details of these modifications appear in three new papers out today in Nature Biotechnology. Read …

Farmers endorse biotechnology

April 26th, 2016 / The Nation, Nigeria

The President of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kabiru Ibrahim, has expressed his group’s support for the introduction of agricultural biotechnology. He spoke yesterday during the 2016 National Agricultural Show in Keffi, Nasarawa State. Ibrahim said: “Farmers are in support of biotechnology but briefcase farmers are …

Sub-Saharan Africa feeding itself after years of improving crop varieties

April 23rd, 2016 / Virginia Tech News, US

In regions of Africa, agricultural productivity is increasing and people are thriving. Overall, the prevalence of hunger declined by 30 percent between the early 1990s and 2015, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization. Investments in agricultural research are helping to alleviate crippling food shortages that racked the continent in …

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 …

The next generation of GMO food is here, and it’s technically not a GMO

April 21st, 2016 / Business Insider, UK

In a letter released to the public on Monday, chemical giant DuPont Pioneer announced plans to market the first crop that uses a type of precise genetic modification called CRISPR-Cas9. DuPont is the fourth-largest chemical corporation in the world, and it wants to see the product — a hybrid type …

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 …

Cassava in south-east Asia under threat from witches’ broom disease

April 18th, 2016 / The Guardian, UK

Climate change and globalisation are fuelling an explosion in the pests and diseases that afflict south-east Asia’s cassava crops, threatening a multi-billion dollar industry and the staple food of millions of people, a report warns. Cassava, which is originally from South America, is now south-east Asia’s third largest source of …

SARI to release three hybrid maize varieties

April 18th, 2016 / Youtube.com

B4FA Fellow Noah Nash reports: The Savanna Agriculture Research Institute, SARI, will soon release new hybrid maize seed varieties for the 2016 Farming season, which can withstand the climatic conditions in the northern regions. According to a Plant breeder at the SARI, Dr. Meshack Seidu Abdulai, the varieties will provide …