Monthly Archives: December 2015

Kenya court’s ruling on anti-GMO petition commendable

LAST AUGUST, anti-GMO groups filed a court petition in the High Court of Kenya on the grounds that they have imminent fear that the Ban placed on GMOs is about to be lifted. Principally they sued the Cabinet Secretary (CS), … Continue reading

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Dark day for Science in The Philippines

THE DECISION by the Philippines’ Supreme Court to uphold the ban on GMO Bt talong (eggplant) field trials is a huge disappointment to the scientific community and others pursuing the dream of sustainable and progressive agriculture in this country. The … Continue reading

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GM crops can benefit organic farmers too

In this opinion piece, Ian Godwin, a professor in plant molecular genetics at the University of Queensland, Australia, writes that the adoption of genetically modified (GM) technology has reduced pesticide use by 37 percent, increased crop yields by 22 percent, … Continue reading

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Little implementation of High-level African panel of experts recommendations on biotech

In August 2007, the high-level African biotechnology experts lead by Prof Calestous Juma and Ismail Serageldin produced a very powerful report and submitted it to the appointing Authority, AU/NEPAD. Almost a decade later, it is appropriate to ask: What became … Continue reading

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NEPAD should push for smart agric techs in fight against Climate change effects

Climate change will have serious and adverse consequences for many development sectors in Africa, and threatens the economies and livelihoods of many African countries, noted NEPADS agency leaders at a side event they organized during COP21. This admission is good … Continue reading

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OFAB opts for high-impact grassroots outreach approach to advocacy

Consensus is emerging among biotech stakeholders in Africa that three things must happen to spike the graph of biotech crops adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa. Of the three, the first is increased demand for biotech crops by grassroots communities, followed by … Continue reading

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European industry demands respect to evidence in policy making

Leading EU agriculture and food industries today repeated their call for innovation to be considered at every stage of the legislative process.  The 7th European Innovation Summit confirmed support for the ‘innovation principle’ to contribute to a sensible and science-based … Continue reading

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