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Ethiopia: Utilizing technology to increase productivity of crop farming

July 15th, 2016 / The Ethiopian Herald

Using biotechnology boosts productivity. Though the agricultural sector has been dominated by small scale type, the productivity of the sector has been increasing as a result of using the agricultural technologies. The utilization of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, pest, herbicides and irrigation plays considerable role in improving productivity. See …

Researchers identify characteristics improving bean’s resistance to drought

July 14th, 2016 / ISAAA, US

Researchers from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Spain and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia have identified drought-resistant genotypes and the morpho-physiological characteristics that make beans resistant to drought. The study revealed that a strategic combination of characteristics is the key to success in genetic improvement of …

Canola genetically engineered to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids

July 12th, 2016 / Genetic Experts, US

Scientists from Dow AgroSciences have for the first time genetically engineered canola, a widely grown oilseed crop, to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Results from field trials of the canola engineered with omega-3 fatty acid producing genes from marine microalgae are reported in Nature Biotechnology. The omega-3 …

Why I’m sad to see the European Greens persisting with anti-GMO myths

July 11th, 2016 / marklynas.org

It’s so sad to see the Greens in the European Parliament making fools of themselves by persisting with a policy on GMOs that is based on ludicrous misinformation and internet myths. Read …

Nigeria NBMA: ‘GMO maize to be Ready after 5-year safety trial’

July 1st, 2016 / AllAfrica.com

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has said that the Genetically Modified (GMO) maize recently approved to Monsanto Agriculture Nigeria Limited may not be in the market for another five years. The five-year window period, according to the agency, is to ensure that the product meet all safety standards and …

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 …

2016 World Food Prize goes to scientists who developed biofortified sweet potato

June 30th, 2016 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

A handful of scientists, including Maria Andrade of Mozambique and Robert Mwanga of Uganda, have spent the last 15 years convincing Africans to swap white sweet potatoes for . . . orange sweet potatoes. . . .Those scientists are receiving the world’s most prestigious prize for agricultural research, the World …

107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs

June 30th, 2016 / Washington Post, US

More than 100 Nobel laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The letter asks Greenpeace to cease its efforts to block introduction of a genetically engineered strain of rice that supporters say could reduce Vitamin-A deficiencies causing blindness and death in …

Uncertain trade, less progressive aid and a new colonial-minded PM? What Brexit means for Africa

June 29th, 2016 / African Arguments

Chaos has been unleashed and we all will be poorer because of Brexit, including in Africa. Read …

Bananas genetically modified not to rot

June 29th, 2016 / Scientific American, US

Israeli scientists find the specific gene to block the ageing process in bananas, allowing them to stay fresh for longer. Watch …