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Nigeria is gearing towards commercialising GM seeds

Nigeria is gearing towards commercialising GM seeds | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

In Nigeria, local seed companies have a strategic role to play in the multiplication and distribution of seeds to farmers when GM seeds become available in the market.

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CGIAR centres and research programmes combine forces to reduce the damage of banana disease in Uganda

CGIAR centres and research programmes combine forces to reduce the damage of banana disease in Uganda | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

Bioversity International brings together a highly multidisciplinary team with the aim of making innovative breakthroughs to curb the spread of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt while minimizing the costs.

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Burkina Faso cotton industry wants to bring back GMO seeds

Burkina Faso cotton industry wants to bring back GMO seeds | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

Dr.Edgar Traore of OFAB, center, with Burkinabe cotton farmers. Photo by Joseph Opoku GakpoBurkina Faso’s cotton industry wants to bring back the genetically modified varieties the nation phased out in 2015.

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Ethiopia to commercialize Bt cotton in two years

Ethiopia to commercialize Bt cotton in two years | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

Ethiopia is set to begin commercialization of biotechnologically developed cotton following the adoption of a law that granted experimentation rights both in labs and fields and the conduct of confined field trials of the Bt cotton.

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South Africa to ease some GM crop rules to avert food crisis

South Africa to ease some GM crop rules to avert food crisis | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
South Africa will relax some of its tough rules on genetically modified crops so it can ramp up maize imports from the United States and Mexico to avert a potential food crisis amid a severe drought, officials said.
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A Boon or Bane for the Country? - AllAfrica.com

Ethiopian agricultural scientists particularly biotechnology researchers are debating on the issue of adopting the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

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African governments advised to promote biotechnology - SciDev.Net

African governments advised to promote biotechnology - SciDev.Net | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
A forum has urged African governments to be more proactive in adopting biotech to aid development.
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Agri-biotech experts call on Kenya to lift ban on GMO imports

Agri-biotech experts call on Kenya to lift ban on GMO imports | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
International agri-biotechnology experts call on Kenya to lift a 2-year ban on GMO imports.
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Farmers want access to biotechnology

Farmers want access to biotechnology | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
Dr Kiggundu revealed that after years of research, the scientists have developed disease-resistant crop varieties that would boost agricultural production
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Firm unveils 20 fast-maturing sweet potato varieties

The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (Kalro) has released 20 sweet potato varieties in efforts to cut overdependence on maize production.
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Scientists set to create banana hybrids to raise yields

Scientists set to create banana hybrids to raise yields | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
Researchers aim to create banana hybrids that could increase yields by 30 per cent higher than existing varieties.
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Zimbabwe discussing big biotech issues

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), launched in December 2013, aims to explore ways to boost Zimbabwe's crop yields without using genetically modified (GM) crops.

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GMOs in South Africa: Facts at a Glance

GMOs in South Africa: Facts at a Glance | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
GMOs in South Africa: Facts at a Glance The Epoch Times In 2012, South Africa ranked as the eighth largest grower of biotech crops with 7.2 million acres (2.9 million hectares), according to the International Service for the Acquisition of...
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Can a GM banana solve Uganda's hunger crisis? 

Can a GM banana solve Uganda's hunger crisis?  | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

A law paving the way for GM crops is aimed at tackling the acute food shortages faced by almost 11 million Ugandans, despite experts’ fears over the technology.

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Debate ensues over move to adopt GMOs - The New Times | Rwanda

Debate ensues over move to adopt GMOs - The New Times | Rwanda | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

The number of hungry people around the world grew from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million in 2016, according to Food and Agriculture Organisation. And, with the world’s population expected to hit the nine billion mark in 2050, up from 7 billion currently, the threat of hunger will remain, at least for the foreseeable future.

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GE cowpea seeds to be available for Nigerian farmers in 2019

GE cowpea seeds to be available for Nigerian farmers in 2019 | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

Nigeria's National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) head announced that genetically engineered (GE) cowpea will be commercially available in the country on or before 2019. Prof. Lucy Ogbadu, NABDA Director General, mentioned this during the November meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB). Prof. Ogbadu said that GE cowpea is currently under field trials and has shown positive results.

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Zimbabwe scientists seek approval for GM crop trials

Zimbabwe scientists seek approval for GM crop trials | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it

Scientists in Zimbabwe are seeking approval to conduct confined field trials for genetically modified crops as part of efforts to find innovative solutions to some of the pressing problems facing the country’s agricultural sector.

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View from Uganda: Anti-GMO critics smear Cornell, African science communicators | Genetic Literacy Project

Cornell Alliance for Science has come under attack for reportedly promoting GMOs with dishonest, industry driven messages. But what is really taught in this program? A student from Uganda speaks out.
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Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology - Genetic Literacy Project

Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology - Genetic Literacy Project | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
Global Risks of Rejecting Agricultural Biotechnology | Calestous Juma | December 9, 2014 | Harvard Kennedy School
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Nigeria Gets Biosafety Law, Joins League of Biotech Countries - Vanguard

Nigeria Gets Biosafety Law, Joins League of Biotech Countries Vanguard Biotechnology, many stakeholders in the agricultural sector believe, holds the key to some of the problems in agriculture and health, and the earlier the country joins other...
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GM agricultural technologies for Africa: A state of affairs

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This report collects current information on the status of biotechnology in Africa, with an emphasis on GM crops, and assesses the opportunities offered by and constraints on adoption.

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CIMMYT's Blog » DTMA Launches New Project to Improve Seed Scaling in Eastern Africa

CIMMYT's Blog » DTMA Launches New Project to Improve Seed Scaling in Eastern Africa | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
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Promoting local vegetables R&D to benefit smallholders

Promoting local vegetables R&D to benefit smallholders | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
Researchers should tackle challenges smallholders face in marketing indigenous vegetables, writes Alberto Leny.
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Preventing hunger: Biotechnology can only help - IPPmedia

Preventing hunger: Biotechnology can only help - IPPmedia | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
IPPmedia Preventing hunger: Biotechnology can only help IPPmedia At present, only a few African countries are allowed to grow genetically modified (GM) crops, partly because of restrictive national bio-safety policies that impose excessive...
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Zimbabwe explores non-GM biotech to boost food security - Reuters AlertNet

Zimbabwe explores non-GM biotech to boost food security - Reuters AlertNet | Agri-biotechnology in Africa | Scoop.it
Zimbabwe explores non-GM biotech to boost food security Reuters AlertNet Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are the most divisive among the various biotechnologies, and Zimbabwe is one of several African countries that have banned the...
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