Monthly Archives: April 2016

Researchers give nod to GM maize trials

By JAMES KARIUKI Monday, February 15 2016 Emanuel Ber, 5, plays with yellow maize at their home in Rachuonyo, Homa Bay County, on January 19, 2016. National Biosafety Authority has approved cultivation trials for GMO maize. PHOTO | TOM OTIENO … Continue reading

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Our scientists have scored high in this field. We move with our heads high.

  Sunday Akile addresses the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Kampala. (Credit: Christopher Bendana) KAMPALA – Sunday Akile, the programme officer for legal and policy biosafety at the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE), has lauded Ugandan scientists doing … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Focus on Crops Suitable for Sub-Saharan Africa Facing Longer Arid Stretches

By Sukhbir Dhillon 04/04/2016 Acute food shortage has threatened the forty eight countries which make up sub-Saharan Africa. The reasons have been many, starting from climate change, government policy and farming practices like generations of subsistence farming which has depleted … Continue reading

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Finding common ground in the debate about African agriculture

By Catherine Cheney 17 March 2016 Farmers examine disease-resistant varieties of wheat during an agricultural exhibit at Eldoret University in Kenya. How can African farmers enhance their productivity and increase their resilience to climate change without compromising the health of … Continue reading

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Sowing the Seeds of a Farm Boom in Africa

By Alan Bjerga Bloomberg BusinessWeek March 31, 2016 — 9:39 PM AST Farmers in Kenya harvest corn from Monsanto’s Water Efficient Maize for Africa project. Source: Monsanto The 48 countries that make up sub-Saharan Africa have increasingly acute food needs … Continue reading

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DroughtTEGO Promotional Roadshow for Eastern and Western Kenya

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20 Years of Success – Global status of commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2015 (ISAAA)

Today, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual report detailing the adoption of biotech crops, “20th Anniversary of the Global Commercialization of Biotech Crops (1996-2015) and Biotech Crop Highlights in 2015,” showcasing the global … Continue reading

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Biotechnology: ‘Don’t make restrictive bill’

A principal state attorney in the ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has called for flexibility in the drafting of the National Biotechnology & Biosafety Bill 2012. The bill that has already been tabled in Parliament is still under scrutiny, … Continue reading

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THE DROUGHT TOLERANT CORN: IIAM can release three new seeds

By Alcides Tamele Media: Journal Noticias Three new varieties of conventional maize tolerant to drought and insects will be released later this year, the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) to extend the range of seeds available in the domestic … Continue reading

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Minister seeks more research, transparency on biotechnology

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has called for more research, transparency and openness, as Nigeria ventures into commercial biotechnology. Amina, who answered journalists’ questions on concerns raised by anti-GMOs on Nigeria’s venture into biotechnology, yesterday noted that the National … Continue reading

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