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BT technology can assist Nigeria’s food security – Solomon

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. Bamidele Solomon and Dr. Diran Makinde on this debate.

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Ghana Introduces Drought Tolerant Maize To Boost Food Security

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 unforeseen loss of income and capital.

In response to these challenges in March 2010, Ghana introduced drought-tolerant maize which were high yielding and affordable to manage food security.

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Biotechnology won’t survive ignorance

By Lindi van Rooyen

13 November 2012 – The future of biotechnology and the direction it takes is largely dependent on the public’s ability to understand and support the science.

Speaking at the recent Africa Bio information day, Lorenzo Raynard, manager of science communication at the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, said that public perception and a lack of understanding of biotechnology in Europe has had a big influence on research and development of new technologies.

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Academy of Sciences offers to broker biotech debate

By Guardian on Sunday correspondent

11th November 2012 – The Tanzania Academy of Sciences (TAAS) last week resolved to facilitate broader public dialogue on agricultural biotechnology, in particular GM technology, which has engaged scientists and policy-makers in protracted debate over the past five years with precious little movement forward, the Guardian on Sunday can report.

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African farmers to access drought resistant maize variety next year

Maize farmers in Africa who have made perennial losses in the past from drought and pests are likely to start making profits, thanks to a research partnership that included national research institutes.

Similarly, insects have proved a challenge for small scale maize farmers in Africa who have little to no resources to effectively manage them.

During drought, maize is particularly susceptible to pests and farmers can experience complete crop loss with devastating effects to their families.

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Is biotech the answer to the coming food and water shortages?

By Carel du Marchie Sarvaas (4 September 2012)

With major demographic and climate change challenges lying ahead of us, it is now time for Europeans to reconsider what has been put aside for 15 years now – biotechnology – argues industry expert

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Training scientists in maize information management

During 19-21 June 2012, researchers, technicians, and students from the Insect Resistant Maize for Africa (IRMA), Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA), Improved Maize for African Soil (IMAS), and Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) projects attended a course on the use of Fieldbook at the Kiboko Research Station, Kenya. The objective of the training was to familiarize technicians and students with Fieldbook, a tool developed by CIMMYT maize breeders for managing experiments and data analysis using R software.

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Why is the Gates Foundation helping Monsanto push GM food?

By Dangwal on May 18, 2012 | From organicfoodshealth.com

In the sprawling hills of the Kangundo district in Kenya’s Eastern Province, just a few hours outside of capital city Nairobi, Fred Kiambaa has been farming the same small, steep plot of land for more than 20 years.

Born and raised just outside Kathiini Village in Kangundo, Kiambaa knows the ups and downs of agriculture in this semi-arid region. He walks up a set of switchbacks to Kangundo’s plateaus to tend his fields each morning and seldom travels further than a few miles from his plot.

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Will hunger force Dar to go GM way amid myths and truths?

By Jim Godwin, The Guardian on Sunday, September 23-29 2012

This fall may hold unique opportunities across continental Europe. as leaves fall to the ground from deciduous trees as a prelude to winter, major economies within European Union could also be shedding off tardy regulatory frameworks holding back full utilization of biotechnology in agriculture, health and industry.

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Kenya to start growing GM and drought-resistant maize in 2017

By Christabel Ligami, Special Corresponent - EastAfrican, April 30-May 6, 2012

Farmers in Kenya will plant the first genetically modified (GM) crops and drought resistant maize varieties in 2017. The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) varieties are still under development through a partnership project involving scientists at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Howard G. Buffeft Foundation.

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