Delay in using GM crops making Africa lose benefits

By Nelson Mandela Ogema [KISUMU, KENYA] The delay in approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops is contributing to malnutrition and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study says. Many African governments are grappling with opponents and proponents of GM crops, thus facilitating a delay in adoption, especially when uncertainty about GM crops are announced …

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Invest in smallholders, R&D to spur food security

By Ochieng’ Ogodo [ABIDJAN] Africa needs to invest more in agricultural research and stronger institutions for smallholder farmers to spur production, ensure food security and help achieve socioeconomic growth on the continent, an expert has told a forum. The forum highlighted the need to build capacity of agriculture and agribusiness to increase sustainable rural development …

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New project to aid seaweed R&D in developing nations

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] An initiative has received funding for research and development to address disease and pest infestations threatening the global seaweed industry, especially in developing countries. The outbreaks are causing dramatic 15 per cent yield declines, particularly in three major seaweed-producing countries of Tanzania, Philippines and Indonesia, resulting in catastrophic socio-economic impacts on …

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Researchers model ways to control maize lethal necrosis

By Eldon Opiyo [NAIROBI] Researchers have used mathematical modelling to develop techniques to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya. According to researchers who conducted the new study, because maize is a staple crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, the spread of MLN is threatening food security in the region. Nik Cunniffe, a …

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Sub-Saharan Africa can learn from India’s ‘Green revolution’

Renu MODI, University of Mumbai Sub-Saharan Africa has huge potential to become a global food basket, but it is far from being realised. The region is estimated to have 60% of the globally available and unexploited arable land yet it remains food deficient. Even when arable land is cultivated, hurdles such as limited irrigation, small …

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