Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fighting ignorance through new technology

Samuel Owiti Awino was an agricultural gambler, so to speak. Tormented by unreliable rains and the destructive Striga weed, he was ready to try any crop that came his way. “When you are sick and you don’t know what ails … Continue reading

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Women take the war over to ‘cereal’ killer

Busia is among the most fertile of Kenya’s 47 counties.  Its rich soils receive between 760mm and 2000mm of rainfall. “Most parts of the County have high potential for agriculture and promises of faster growth,” according to the Busia County … Continue reading

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Bright day for Biosciences in Kenya as NBA approves release of Bt maize

In a bold, historic move, the Kenya NBA (National Biosafety Authority) has granted approval (http://www.biosafetykenya.go.ke/images/Public_Notice.pdf ) for environmental release of Bt Maize. This approval, which was purely based on evidence provided by the applicants, culminates a long journey that started … Continue reading

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GM policy change will depend on local evidence, says Tanzania minister

The Government of Tanzania will review the biosafety regulations to allow for commercial release of GM crops based on locally produced scientific evidence to prove safety and benefits of homegrown transgenic crops. The Minister for Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. … Continue reading

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The Striga witch has left

Richard Amolo takes this writer around his farm. He just ploughed it in readiness for the short rains that were expected the previous week. Yes, the rains delayed. Amolo says he is afraid they may fail altogether.  But there’s one … Continue reading

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