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Rwanda begins process of legalizing GMO crops

January 17th, 2018 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Rwanda which will soon be forwarded to the Rwanda Law Reform Commission for review.
The draft bill was prepared along with the National Biosafety Framework, biosafety policy and regulations according to officials.
The objective of the legislation …

Rwanda takes early steps towards legalising GMOs

January 12th, 2018 / New Times, Rwanda

Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has drafted a law governing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Rwanda which will soon be forwarded to the Rwanda Law Reform Commission for review.
The draft bill was prepared along with the National Biosafety Framework, biosafety policy and regulations according to officials.
The objective of the legislation …

Rwanda: Meet the retired soldier making millions from growing improved sweet-potato

November 8th, 2017 / New Times

Jean Marie Vianney Habumuremyi says he had previously looked at sweet potatoes as for only home consumption. Then he received a new variety of potatoes from a USAID project. The new orange-fleshed sweet potato variety can produce eight tonnes per hectare, four times as much as his former crop. This …

Rising opportunities for youth in African agrifood systems

June 14th, 2017 / World Bank, US

Africa’s share of the global population is projected to rise dramatically from 12% in 2015 to 23% by 2050. This huge demographic trend will certainly amplify Africa’s political and economic impact on the rest of the world, and this impact will largely be determined by young Africans between 15-35 years …

Africa’s indigenous technology for rural women economic empowerment

April 27th, 2017 / AllAfrica.com

Rural women are very closely associated with indigenous technology. According to an academic paper by Susanto Basu and David Weil titled Appropriate Technology and Growth in 1998, innovation that is based on indigenous knowledge is a pertinent driver of economic growth. What this means is that products or services and …

Rwandan agro entrepreneurs excel in Africa

January 19th, 2017 / KT Press, Rwanda

Innovations by eleven Rwandan young entrepreneurs have high ability of contributing solutions to agriculture challenges across Africa – the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has selected them from a first competition it has organised.
The maiden competition dubbed African Young Entrepreneurs Competition Series 2016 organised by …

Drought-resistant grass to spur milk production

November 23rd, 2016 / All Africa.com

Struggling East African dairy farmers could benefit from new varieties of high-quality, drought-resistant forage grass known as Brachiaria that boosts milk production by 40 per cent, a report says.
The forage grass could enable farmers to increase their incomes, according to experts at the Colombia-headquartered International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) …

China is on a mission to modernize African farming – and find new markets

November 18th, 2016 / Quartz.com

Inside a gated white complex set back on a hill in southern Rwanda, a team of Chinese agronomists tends to 22 hectares (54 acres) of rice paddies, trenches of mushrooms, and rows of mulberry plants. Concrete storehouses surround a C-shaped building where they hold workshops on sericulture, soil conservation, and …

Importing food ‘harming’ Africa – UN

August 31st, 2016 / New Times, Rwanda

Despite agriculture employing more than 80 per cent of the African population, the continent generates only 10 per cent of global agricultural output. Yet another shocking reality is that Africa still spends $35 billion a year on importing food, despite having a quarter of the world’s arable land, according to …

Rwanda to unveil position on GMOs use after enacting biosafety law

July 1st, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

Recently Rwanda hosted the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) conference that called for investing in agriculture science and innovation to boost and double agriculture output. The Rwanda Focus spoke to the agriculture ministry if GMOs biotechnology could be adopted in the country to intervene in boosting the agriculture …