In the news...

Strengthening seed supply chains in Africa

April 6th, 2017 / ICRISTAT Happenings

Increasing adoption of improved varieties that meet the needs of farmers and consumers was the focus of a review and planning meet of the project Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement for Sorghum and Millet Phase II (HOPE II) held recently.
Focusing on developing a seed road map, discussions were organized on …

New robust oilseed crop can resist global warming

April 5th, 2017 / University of Copenhagen, Denmark

University of Copenhagen and the global player Bayer CropScience have successfully developed a new oilseed crop that is much more resistant to heat, drought and diseases than oilseed rape. The breakthrough is so big that it will feature as cover story of the April issue of Nature Biotechnology, the most …

Latin American native maize reveals adaptation secrets

March 21st, 2017 /

An international team of scientists identified a hundred genes that influence adaptation to the latitude, altitude, growing season and flowering time of nearly 4,500 native maize varieties in Mexico and in almost all Latin American and Caribbean countries.
Creole — or native — varieties of maize are derived from improvements made …

Crops you harvest in less than six months

March 17th, 2017 / Daily Monitor, Uganda

Currently, due to climate change as a result of deforestation, reclamation of swamps, and industrialisation, among other factors, traditional farmers who depended on the traditional crop growing calendar of March are no longer to tell seasons due to unpredictable dry spells, since there was no mitigation.
This, in part, implies that …

BT cotton varieties with reusable seeds

March 17th, 2017 / ISAAA, US

Scientists at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in India has developed genetically engineered Bt cotton seeds that can be reused, thus saving farmers’ input costs. These cotton varieties are PAU Bt 1 and F1861. Rajasthan Agricultural University also developed RS 2013. The F1861 and RS 2013 varieties were transformed into Bt …

Led by Nigeria, Africa opening door to genetically modified crop cultivation

March 8th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

GM technology holds great benefits and promise for Africa, which needs to boost food output and to feed a growing population—expected to climb from 1.2 billion to 2.4 billion by 2050. About half of that increase is expected to occur in Africa.
Without a sharp increase in food production, Africa faces …

11 African countries doing field tests for GM crops

March 8th, 2017 / AFKinsider

Africa has been reluctant in the past to adopt genetically modified food technology for crop production, but that’s changing, says Steven E. Cerier, a freelance international economist writing for the Genetic Literacy Project. Recent developments suggest that many African countries are prepared to overcome domestic and international opposition to GM …

Gene catalogues aim to help crops survive climate change

February 27th, 2017 / Scientific American

As farmers struggle with a shifting climate, a group of scientists are drilling down to the heart of the matter: crop genetics.
Climate change poses a variety of risks to agricultural produce, including starving crops of water and preventing them from growing in traditional regions. Recent research suggests America’s Corn Belt …

How European-based NGOs block crop biotechnology adoption In Africa

February 27th, 2017 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Margaret Karembu, Director of International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, writes: “I grew up in rural Africa, in Central Kenya, in a small village deep down the slopes of Mt Kenya called Gaikundo. For most parts of the year, it was a struggle putting food on the table …

Nigeria: farmers can whether to embrace GMOs

February 24th, 2017 / WorldStage News, Nigeria

The Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu has said that the adoption of Genetically Modified Organisms seeds by farmers in Nigeria is by choice, not under compulsion.
Speaking Wednesday during a training on GMO detection for staffs of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) at NABDA headquarters …