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RMRDC supports production of Bt cotton in Nigeria

May 3rd, 2016 / elkurebedotcom, Nigeria

The Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has joined a league of other GMO advocates to support the production of genetically modified, also known as Bt Cotton in Nigeria.In a letter to the Country Representative of Monsanto, a global seed company, signed by the Director General of the …

Researchers evolve new toxin to target agricultural pests

April 30th, 2016 / Arstechnica, UK

Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crops have been one of the most successful applications of genetic engineering in agriculture. The crops carry a gene that encodes a bacterial protein that kills insects that ingest it. While it’s possible to spray crops with the Bt toxin instead, farms that rely on Bt …

Global wheat breeding returns billions in benefits but stable financing remains elusive

April 29th, 2016 / World Bank, US

For 45 years, world-class scientists from two research centers of CGIAR – the world’s only global research system that focuses on the crops of most importance to poor farmers in developing countries – have battled the odds to provide wheat and nourish the world’s growing population. Their innovations have …

Bamboo: Africa’s untapped potential

April 27th, 2016 / AfricaRenewal, UN, US

It is a “wonder plant” that is uniquely blessed. Agronomists in Africa believe it can restore degraded landscapes while economists think it is a potential “green gold,” and a silver bullet for design and architecture that is already attracting a global market. Bamboo—the highly versatile giant grass that can …

‘I always expect a bumper harvest’

April 27th, 2016 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali reports: for Richard Ssendi Walakira of Busagala Village in Kabonera Sub-county, Masaka District, farming must be focussed on the returns that the farmer expects to get. “The crop or animal must be high yielding and it should be the right breed,” he says. Read …

Youth multiplying drought-resistant seed

April 27th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Youth farmers involved in multiplying drought and rust resistant new wheat seed variety are benefitting. Minaleh Agegnew, in his late 20s, is a resident of Kurmi Georgis Kebele of rural Gojam. He is landless. Together with his friends he rent a farmland at a cost of 3,000 Birr and …

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 …