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Uganda: “Some Western countries do not need GMOs but we do”

October 12th, 2015 / AllAfrica

Recently, Daily Monitor published an opinion titled, “Future of Africa’s agriculture lies in sustainable green farming, not GMOs.” But Ugandans should not resist this technology simply because some Western countries have not accepted it. Let us not forget the countries that are resisting GMOs are food secure and are not …

New analyses of cassava brown streak virus genome sequences may hasten dev of disease-free cassava

October 9th, 2015 / PLOS One

Cassava brown streak disease is caused by two devastating viruses, Cassava brown streak virus and Ugandan cassava brown streak virus, which frequently infecting one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most important staple food crops. In this new research, 12 new whole genomes were uncovered, doubling the genomic sequences available in the public …

Sustainability science needs South-South collaboration

September 30th, 2015 / SciDev.net, Uk

Poor countries produce only 2 per cent of publications in sustainability science. Collaborations are dominated by rich countries with few South-South links. To improve, poor nations need more stable policies and better communicated science See …

Addressing GMO misinformation in Africa

September 25th, 2015 / SciDev.net, UK

Ella Nyakunu, a South Africa-based manager of a project helping to articulate biosafety and biotechnology issues around agriculture in Southern Africa recalls how people in her home country, Zimbabwe, tease her each time she goes there. There’s a chance for scientists who deal with GM technology to explain to …

Closing Africa’s research gap

September 21st, 2015 / The Conversation, UK

A large gap remains in research capacity between Africa and the rest of the world in all scientific disciplines. Addressing the challenges, especially, in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) sector remains a a major hurdle. In Africa itself, research is mostly dominated by five nations: Egypt, …

Resistance to GM comes from people who have not known hunger

September 21st, 2015 / El País, Spain

“Scientists must engage more with the public. The problem with GM food is that the public is not aware that for centuries have been doing genetic modification, albeit very random way: crossing different strains or, for many years, with mutagenesis [generating mutations] crops and subsequent selection of the most …

Africa must adopt climate resilient agricultural policies

August 28th, 2015 / Coastweek.com, Kenya

The Zambian government has called on African countries to adopt climate resilient agricultural policies if the continent is to adapt to the effects of climate change. While acknowledging the adverse effects of extreme climate on agricultural production on the African continent, Minister of Agriculture and Livestocks Permanent Secretary David Shamulenge …

Why activists, but few farmers, complain they can’t save patented seeds

August 28th, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

Pity the poor farmer who saves seeds. According to anti-GMO activists, the hapless seed saver who’s simply trying to raise crops more cheaply by not paying for new seeds each year, is being oppressed by evil “Big Ag”–companies that only want to sell their hybrid and patented seeds (often, but …

New paradigms for achieving food security in Africa

July 30th, 2015 / Agriculture for Impact

Agriculture for Impact, a new Sustainable Intensification database aims to explain the ecological, socio-economic and genetic approaches that together contribute to the Sustainable Intensification of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa in an easily accessible way, illustrated by more than 80 case studies.  Read …

Everyone who’s sure about a food philosophy is wrong

July 28th, 2015 / Washington Post, US

There’s an unbreachable divide between advocates of modern conventional agriculture and, essentially, everyone else, from the mainstream (organic, local, anti-GMO) to the less-so (biodynamics, permaculture, agroforestry). The parties are entrenched, the tone is partisan. But they ought to be able to get along, because all hard-core advocates of this or …

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