Monthly Archives: June 2015

Calestous Juma: GM is an important tool..

“In 30 years we’ll have a population of nine billion people to feed and that will increase demand for the quantity and diversity of the food that we need – that’s why we have to consider GM as one of … Continue reading

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Pamela Ronald: Humans have modified crops for thousands of years

“Everything we eat has been genetically improved or modified in some manner: 8,000 to 10,000 years ago our ancestors took corn mutants and crossed these to develop different types of corn varieties so they could harvest them better.” The ancient … Continue reading

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Why Adesina’s election is important for agriculture

In a surprise upset, Dr. Akinwumi (Akin) Adesina was elected to be the next President of the African Development Bank (ADB), defeating seven rivals in six rounds of voting. Adesina holds a PhD in agriculture economics from Purdue and has … Continue reading

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Agriculture Minister Matia calls protesters against BT brinjal ‘ignorant’

The minister said at programme in Dhaka on Thursday that she was using such ‘harsh words’ with full ‘responsibility’. “We are having soybean since the 1960s. This is entirely a GMO (genetically modified organism). But the moment we introduced BT brinjal, … Continue reading

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How important is Biosafety Law to Nigeria’s economy?

THE need for strategies and products to protect public health and agriculture in the event of a natural emergency or man-made biological incident cannot be over emphasized. Nigeria is a heterogeneous entity in which its citizens must live in safety conditions … Continue reading

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Biotechnology will ‘increase Uganda’s GDP’

KAMPALA – Uganda’s economy will make economic strides when Uganda embraces biotechnology, says Fred Omach, the minister of state for general duties in the ministry of FINANCE . He believes that the country’s GDP can add another 2% on the average … Continue reading

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The last thing Africa needs to be debating is GMOs

Joe DeVries is American, but he has spent three decades in Africa, helping farmers improve yields, fight pests and control disease. I met him in his office in Nairobi and asked how he’d ended up so far FROM HOME . … Continue reading

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Akinwumi Adesina of Nigeria has been elected as the 8th President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

Adesina, who is the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Africa’s biggest economy, won the vote by 58.1 per cent of the total votes cast by both regional and non-regional members. “I’m honored & humbled by the support I’ve received … Continue reading

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Biotechnology, Panacea For Bio-economy

Experts in the science and technology sector have underlined the significance of biotechnology in the national development of a country. They have continually stressed that biotechnology has the potential to increase agricultural productivity, thereby enhancing food security and farmers’ income … Continue reading

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Biotech crops: Fastest adopted crop technology in the world — Report

THE global hectare of biotech crops has in creased more than 100-folds from 1.7 million hectares in 1996 to 181.5 million hectares in 2014 making biotech crops the fastest adopted crop technology in recent times. This was revealed by the director-general of the … Continue reading

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