Monthly Archives: July 2014

Solving Big Problems: You Can’t Do It Alone

Monsanto Chief Technology Officer Robb Fraley wrote and published a piece on LinkedIn that points to the importance of working together to create solutions, using the case of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa partnership. The article“Solving Big Problems: You … Continue reading

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How South African resource-poor farmers use biotech crops to improve

CONTRARY TO ARGUMENTS by GM deniers, smallholder farmers – who make important contributions to food production in South Africa – are increasingly turning to growing of GM crops, especially maize and cotton, to boost yields and incomes. Below are farmers … Continue reading

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Award Winning Journalist tells off Nigerian anti-GMO activists

‘People are always entitled to their OPINIONS but not their FACTS’ OVER TIME, THERE HAVE BEEN repeated tales by many people (especially from the non-scientific class) that Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are dangerous for human consumption; that they have resulted … Continue reading

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In Africa, are products risky even if they don’t exist?

RECENTLY we had a trip to Uganda where we held very inspiring conversations with members of parliament on the need for them to pass the biosafety bill into law. The meeting organized by the minister for Finance in charge of … Continue reading

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GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty

Biotechnology offers an opportunity to boost the security of staple crops in sub-Saharan Africa. We ignore this at our peril Transforming agriculture is central to sub-Saharan Africa‘s development prospects. Three-quarters of people in extreme poverty – existing on less than $1.25 a day … Continue reading

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Cassava Mechanisation

Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is an important food crop both for urban and rural consumers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cassava is a basic staple food in Nigeria, Mozambique, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Malawi, and Tanzania. Recently, cassava has … Continue reading

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Adoption of new agricultural technologies in SSA critical to improved outputs

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA (SSA) WITH A POPULATION OF 884 MILLION people remains the most food-insecure region as 29% of its population is estimated to be food insecure in 2014, according to the International Food Security Assessment, 2014-2024. Over the period under … Continue reading

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Burkina reaps over US$1 Billion from Bt cotton as Kenya drags its feet

Prior to adopting and commercializing Bt Cotton, Burkina Faso’s cotton production had fallen sharply. According to INERA (the countries lead agricultural research body) in 2007 cotton production had gone down by almost 50% or just about half.This prompted the country … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton endorses GMOs, solution-focused crop biotech

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed her support for genetically modified crops and crop biotechnology. In a 65-minute keynote appearance at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) convention in San Diego in late June, Clinton conversed with Jim Greenwood, BIO … Continue reading

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Communicate more with public over GMOs to reduce stigma-US House Committee tells industry

  By Sarah Gonzalez Prof  Calestous Juma of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, said political leadership is hesitant to make changes in support of biotechnology, which is “something they think their voters might not support.” The heated public debate over … Continue reading

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