Category Archives: Africa

OFAB Media Awards unveils Africa’s best journalists in biotechnology

By Suleiman Okoth September 13, 2018 Tanzanian broadcast journalist, Calvin Gwabara, working with Sokoine University of Agriculture Media, emerged the winner under television category and the overall winner of the 2018 Open Forum on Agricultural biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Africa … Continue reading

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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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AATF Mark International Women’s Day

By Josephine Mailu March 08, 2018   The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) marked the International Women’s Day to celebrate women and challenge stereotypes in the society. To commemorate the day, marked globally on 8 March, AATF had speeches from … Continue reading

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Prof Ida Sithole-Niang, Former AATF Board Chair, Elected World Academy of Sciences Fellow

By Dr Denis Kyetere Executive Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) February 2, 2018 Congratulations to Prof Ida Sithole-Niang on her election as a Fellow at the World Academy of Sciences. At AATF we are proud of your leadership as Board … Continue reading

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Proposed changes to Ugandan Biosafety Act a threat to scientists

By Isaac Ongu January 30, 2018 Ugandan plant scientists face severe financial penalties and decade-long jail terms if proposed changes to the recently passed Biosafety Act 2017 are adopted, experts say. The draft changes also would undermine several important crop … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso making progress with GMO research

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo January 19, 2018 Agriculturalists in Burkina Faso say their country is still open to using the tools of biotechnology, despite the decision to stop growing genetically modified cotton. A controversy erupted over the low quality of fiber … Continue reading

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Freedom to innovate, Calestous dream lives on…

By Evelyn Situma December 31, 2017 The news about the passing on of Prof. Calestous Juma came as a surprise to many. Most especially the proponents of agricultural biotechnology, most of whom, he had helped voice their enthusiasm towards adoption … 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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Africa’s Biotech Integration 20 years Overdue, Says Prime Minister

By Daniel Otunge, November 7, 2017 The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has called for urgent integration of modern biotechnology into Africa’s agriculture to help improve food security and economic growth. He said this while … Continue reading

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