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Left: A man holds a harvest of a GM maize variety at the Kari research station in Kiboko, Makueni County. National field trials for genetically modified maize (BT maize) have reignited interest in the bid by government and private companies to use science to produce more food. NATION MEDIA GROUP... more
By Daniel Semberya
Africa is a drought-prone continent, making farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers who rely on rainfall to water their crops. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans depend on it as their main food source – and it is... more
The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has authorised national field cultivation trials for GMO maize.
In a statement well-received by pro-GMO organisations that contend that Kenya’s population demand for food can best be met via adoption of GMO products, NBA chief executive Dr Willy Tonui said the... more
By Munene Kamau
A non-governmental organisation has developed a maize variety which could increase production and ensure food security.
The Integrated Community Organisation for Sustainable Empowerment and Education for Development (Icoseed) in corroboration with the Kenya Agricultural Research... more



The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has allowed researchers to release Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crop for field trials, marking a new turn is the raging debate over adoption of biotechnology plants.
NBA board met on Thursday last week and made the decision following the application... more
Ten Kenyan parliamentarians drawn from various house committees have assured scientists of their support in biotech research. They said this after touring various agri-biotechnology research facilities during a biotechnology travelling workshop in Nairobi organized by ISAAA AfriCenter, the African... more
By BUSINESS DAILY
A request by scientists to the biosafety regulator for the release of genetically modified maize seeds is bound to reignite debate on just how tightly the country should embrace biotechnology.
The Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation and the African Agriculture... more
Scientists are lobbying for approval to commercialise a genetically modified maize variety.
“Globally, Bt maize has been proven to effectively control stem borer and improve maize grain yield and quality due to reduced pest damage,” Eliud Kireger said yesterday.
Kireger, the director general of the... more
As effects of climate change continue to hit farmers growing cereal crops, especially maize, scientists in a number of African countries are trying to develop drought-resistant varieties to overcome this challenge. Increasing incidences of drought in Africa are affecting maize production, a major... more
The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project marked another milestone this year with the release of two conventional drought-tolerant maize hybrids in South Africa in September 2014. The approval for commercialisation was granted to the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa following... more

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