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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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read more
The receipt of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) Corporate Award in December 2013, a record number of released maize varieties in Africa, commercialisation and harvesting of the first drought-tolerant conventional maize hybrid by smallholder farmers in Kenya were some of key... Read more
On January 10 this year, Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project in Tanzania, in collaboration with the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and the Ministry for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperative through its department of Research Development (DRD) demonstrated new three... Read more
The WEMA partnership has released nine new maize inbred lines for licensing. These are WMA1202, WMA2001, WMA2002, WMA4413, WMB4002, WMB8804, WMA8827, WMA8828, and WMA9902 (see details at http://wema.aatf-africa.org/stewardship/products-commercialisation-and-licensing-program)
These products are... Read more
Following the decision in 2011 to include insect-pest resistance in the drought-tolerant maize varieties being developed by the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project, the first maize trials with the Bt trait were harvested in Kenya in May 2013.
Speaking during the harvest, Dr Stephen Mugo... Read more
The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project marked the end of the first phase of the Project (2008-2013) and ushered in the second phase (2013-2017) during its fifth annual review and planning meeting in February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting that brought together representatives from... Read more
In normal circumstances, only the most drought resistant of crops have a chance of flourishing in the blisteringly hot fields of Kiboko in Makindu District, where rain is more precious than diamond.
It is from this forsaken land that scientists have been experimenting with a new maize hybrid that... Read more
During 4-8 February 2013, stakeholders of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, for the Fifth Review and Planning Meeting to discuss achievements and challenges of the recently concluded WEMA Phase I (2008-2013) and to plan for the second phase of the... Read more
Maize continues to be the most widely grown staple crop in Africa, with more than 300 million people depending on it as their main food source.
Maize farming in Africa, however, is not without its risks – especially for millions of smallholder farmers who have limited resources and technologies to... Read more
Just as there have been calls for adoption of genetically modified crops in Africa as a means of providing food for the teeming population, so also there have been objections to its introduction based on ethical and moral issues. Our Correspondent, JIMOH BABATUNDE presents the views of Prof.... Read more
By Audrey Dekalu
To Aba Antobam, a subsistence Farmer, maize is her life blood. The crop is her main source of income to cater for every need of her family.
However buying improved maize seed such as hybrid varieties is a huge gamble for Aba since the rainy season could be erratic leading to... Read more

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