Several Kenyan County Executive Committee members (county ministers) for health, environment and agriculture expressed their support for crop biotechnology and called for lifting of the 2012 GM foods import ban. Dr. Andrew Mulwa, Chair of the 47 County Executives of Health, expressed concern that... Read more
A team from the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), has commended the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for his giant strides in the bank since assumption of office.
The ATTF in a delegation led by its Board Chair, Dr. Ousmane Badiane, including... Read more
By Gerald Andae
When Ngure Mutero was five months into completion of his biotechnology degree, the Health ministry imposed a ban on Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crops in Kenya. This was devastating news.
After years of studying biotechnology, his skills would have gone to waste following the... Read more
Striga, also known as witchweed, is a parasitic weed that infests up to 50 million hectares of sub-Saharan African land. In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda alone, striga infests over one million hectares of farmland. The weed causes farmers to lose anywhere from a third to one hundred percent of their... Read more
The Kenya 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... Read more
By Kibiwott Korros
NAIROBI: MPs from seven committees have backed scientists and asked the Government to lift the ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
If allowed, all parts of the country will have a chance to grow maize, including areas with severe scorching conditions like Marsabit,... 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
By Mark Lynas
Africa desperately needs agricultural modernisation. With the most rapidly growing population in the world and hundreds of millions still suffering malnutrition, African leaders cannot afford to close the door to innovation.
Poverty is endemic and “yield gaps” mean that African... Read more
Tanzania has reviewed its law on genetically modified organisms, paving the way for scientists in the country to carry out confined trials on crops such as maize and cassava, and effectively turning the tables on anti-GMO lobby groups.
Hussein Mansoor, assistant director of crop research at the... Read more
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Ghana, Dr Alhassan Yakubu, has advised scientists and policy makers in Africa to work together in order to ensure food security on the continent.
He gave the advice during the African Agricultural Technology Foundation’s annual review and planning meeting on... Read more
By Denis T. Kyetere
The recent endorsement of agricultural biotechnology by President Barack Obama through a letter to Julie Borlaug, the granddaughter of Norman Borlaug, the ‘father of the Green Revolution’, is a pointer of how important this technology is in food production and security in the... Read more
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), an independent and non-profit organisation, with headquarters in Kenya, over the week end in Abuja, said it has committed over $110 million through the application of appropriate technology and improved seedlings to meeting Africa's food security... Read more
Written by Adeleke Mainasara
Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development has said cassava is an exceptionally important crop in Nigeria whose production faces immense challenges – a situation that needs to change.
“Nigeria has an annual production of 40 million... Read more
By Hammed Shittu
The federal government Thursday raised the alarm that the current Nigeria’s food import bill was exceptionally high with imports consuming about N1.3 trillion in foreign exchange yearly.
This, the government said, had continued to hurt farmers, displacing local production and... Read more
By Mohamed Kazingumbe (Friday, 15 March 2013)
Paricipants to the 7th Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Dar es Salaam last week digested the value of genetically modified organisms at the expense of traditional crops.
The Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) in... Read more
Executive Director at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Dr. Denis Kyetere, has said improved seeds, especially by genetic modification and other farm technologies, are the best bet for enhanced agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
This is a... Read more
By Gabrial Agbeja, The Nigerial Observer
The United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity defines biotechnology as any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms or derivatives to make or modify products or processes for specific uses.
Biotechnology is a... Read more
By Zakariyya Adaramola
The Minister of Science and Technology, Professor Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, has restated the resolve of the Federal Government to boost food production in Nigeria by deploying new technological inputs into the agricultural sector.
The minister said this on Tuesday when he received... Read more