Category Archives: Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB)

Nigeria Prepares for Commercialisation of BT Cowpea, Cotton

By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja October 17, 2017 The National Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) has commenced sensitisation of Nigerian seed companies in preparation for the commercialisation of Genetically Modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cowpea and cotton by 2018. A sensitisation workshop organised … Continue reading

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Kenya launches task force to facilitate commercialization of GM cotton

By Xinhua News October 11, 2017 NAIROBI, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) — Kenya on Wednesday unveiled a national task force to oversee the commercialization of genetically modified cotton in the next five years. Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso farmers still yearn for Bt Cotton

By Suleiman Okoth August 28, 2017 In my journey to understand the intricacies of Bt Cotton in Burkina Faso, I had the rare opportunity to interview Mr Francois Traore through a translator in his modest residence about 10 kilometres from … Continue reading

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OFAB Ghana Meets Select Committees of Parliament

OFAB Ghana, August 2017 A four-member OFAB Ghana delegation on Wednesday August 2 2017, met with ranking members of Select Committees of parliament to push for the passage of the Plant Breeders Rights Bill (PBR) which has been in Parliament … Continue reading

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OFAB Youth Ambassador and Musician Advocates for GM crops

By OFAB Nigeria August 2017 As one of her creative awareness strategy towards getting the youths to understand GM technology, OFAB co-sponsored a football match event for students of Nassarawa State University Keffi. The half time during the match was … Continue reading

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Nigerians still malnourished two years after Biosafety Law

By Odimegwu Onwumere August 18, 2017 Hundreds of Nigerians are malnourished two years after the National Biosafety Agency Bill was signed into law, because of the authorities’ lackadaisical approach to the innovation. Some four years ago, attaining the Genetically Modified … Continue reading

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Biotechnology, panacea to army worm maize Infestation

By Nkechi Isaac August 15, 2017 Maize (also known as ‘corn’ in some countries) is one of the most common and important food crops across Africa. It is widely eaten in various forms and more than 900 million Africans depend on … Continue reading

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Tanzanian Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism drum for use of GMO seeds

By Lilian Lucas August 02, 2017 Morogoro – Tanzania. Agricultural research bodies in the country should expedite researches which will facilitate the use of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seed as the case with other African countries. The Minister for Natural … Continue reading

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Understanding the basics of Genetically-Modified Organisms

By Rose Gidado August 02, 2017 Genetic modification, also known as “genetic engineering,” is a technologically advanced way to select desirable traits in crops. While selective breeding has existed for thousands of years, modern biotechnology is more efficient and effective … Continue reading

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Medical and Public Health Professionals see GMOs as a potential to Solving hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity problems in Nigeria.

OFAB Nigeria August, 2017 Medical and Public Health Professionals see GMOs as a potential to solving hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity problems in Nigeria. According to the President of the Nigerian Medical Association of Nigeria, Prof Mike Ogirima: “where there … Continue reading

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