Category Archives: Farmer

Victory for Nigerian farmers as court rules in favour of NBMA

By OFAB Nigeria August 15, 2018 Abuja, Nigeria: The Federal High Court of Justice of Nigeria in Abuja today ruled in favor of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) by giving approval for the commercial release of Bt. Cotton in Nigeria. The … Continue reading

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Reversing the Tide of Progress: The Burkina Faso Story

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo Dec 15, 2017 With three wives, 10 children and dozens of grandchildren to take care of, 63-year-old Seidu Konatey is a man who knows no rest. He spends at least 10 hours every day working in … Continue reading

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TEGO® maize farmer: I now have extra bags to sell

By Boniface Okute November 16, 2017 Boaz Nyateng, is one of the few farmers from Lambwe Seed Growers Association (LASGA) that survived the effects of drought-stress in 2016. This is because he planted DroughtTEGO® maize hybrid. “Last season there was … 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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Victory over Striga weed under the yoke of army worms

By Nancy Juma, September 15, 2017 Despite an attack by the fall army worm on her Esikhokho Village farm in Luanda, Everlyne Odogba is still happy with the harvest this season.  It is her first harvest after planting StrigAway maize … Continue reading

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From petty trader to major supplier, thanks to StrigAway

By Nancy Juma September 03, 2017   Before she decided to switch to StrigAway, the yield from Eunice Anyango’s five-acre farm could barely feed her family, with any little surplus being sold in tiny 2-kg tins known as gorogoro in … Continue reading

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Herbicide triples maize yield of Kenya farmers after weeding out crop-killer

By Faith Matete August 18, 2017 Every planting season presents various challenges to smallholder farmers across the country, but for those in Nyakach subcounty, Kisumu county in Kenya the recurring of a crop-killing weed is a nightmare. The striga weed, … Continue reading

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Farmers bemoan losses caused by Fall Armyworm in Busia, Kenya

By Nancy Juma What do you say to a farmer whose crop is being gobbled up by the Fall Armyworm as he literally watches? Charles Weko, a small scale farmer from Busia county depends on farming to pay for his … Continue reading

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Kenyan farmers form a Grassroots Organization to Demand for Biotech Crops

OFAB Kenya February 2017 Following OFAB-Kenya’s initiative to create awareness in the grassroots through sensitization of farmer leaders from all regions of the country, the farmers have now come together to form a grassroots organization called Kenya National Society for … Continue reading

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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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