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Researchers urged to ensure improved seeds they produce reach farmers

By Daniel Semberya Africa is a drought-prone continent, making farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers who rely on rainfall to water their crops. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans … 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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Rainmaker battles ‘cereal’ killer

Leonida Andewa, a mother of seven, is transforming a community hitherto ravaged by the effects of Striga. Her village is a few kilometres from Luanda Town, Vihiga County in Western Kenya. The widow, a former primary school teacher, has been … Continue reading

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Italian Senator exposes bad science used against GMOs globally

Once again the world is waking up to the good news that yet another fake research paper against GMOs has been retracted. Such papers have been many, with the most prominent one that did a lot of damage being the … Continue reading

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What Can We Do About the Science Communication Crisis?

We have almost no data on how specific print, television, or Internet stories influence public perception of scientific issues—and it’s crucial to find out. In the 2004 Academy Award-winning drama Sideways, Paul Giamatti’s character, a wine aficionado, makes it quite … Continue reading

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Filipino Science Academy faults Supreme Court decision

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PHILIPPINES (NAST-PHL)  has expressed grave concern on the serious negative effect on food security and on the research community of the Supreme Court decision against GMOs In a recent ruling that has been widely … Continue reading

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TEGO: The maize that bore a family a house

Butere, like many towns in Western Kenya was once the symbol of the booming Sugarcane farming. But today, the once burgeoning cane farms have now been replaced with maize. Farmers like Fredrick Anjawa said they opted to shift to maize … Continue reading

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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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