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Scientists urge speedy introduction of GMOs to help Ghana cut food imports

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
As Ghana’s government rolls out a master plan to drastically cut down on food imports, scientists are urging the speedy ...
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Pakistan marks another GMO crop milestone

Muhammad Kashif Tunio | 
Pakistani farmers and scientists are recognizing the need for genetically modified (GM) crops to help the country transition from subsistence ...
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Ghana’s Christian leaders join GMO debate, with some vouching for the technology’s goodness

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Christian leaders in Ghana have joined the debate on whether the country should adopt genetically modified (GM) crops, with some ...
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Ghana considers new rules to enhance its GMO regime

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Ghana’s parliament is considering new regulations that will help facilitate its safe adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The rules, ...

Gene editing could save Ghana’s cocoa from extinction, scientists say

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
A new study warns that climate change could drive Ghana’s cocoa (cacao) industry to extinction — a fate that scientists ...

Video: ‘Technology freedom—we want, we want’: Farmers protest India’s GMO crop restrictions

5,000 farmers in India staged a protest to demand access to GMO crops, with some risking up to five years ...
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Swaziland (eSwatini) finds success with GMO cotton

Nkechi Isaac | 
The chief executive officer of the Swaziland Cotton Board is urging African leaders to put their political egos aside and ...

Kenya plants demonstrations of drought-tolerant, insect-resistant GMO maize

Verenardo Meeme | 
Kenyan scientists have planted demonstration plots in the country’s eastern and western regions to show how genetically modified (GM) maize ...
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Opuah Abeikwen: Fighting to protect Nigeria’s indigenous crops

Etta Michael Bisong | 
Opuah Abeikwen was introduced into agriculture and food production by his grandmother, a famous pigeon pea farmer in her local ...
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Royalty-free genes reduce GMO seed costs in Africa

Christopher Bendana | 
Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa will be able to access improved seeds at low cost, thanks to the use of ...
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Irish scientist calls for reopening GMO debate

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Award-winning Irish biochemist Dr. Richard Murphy says it’s time to revisit the debate around the use of genetically modified organisms ...
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Ghana farmer groups demand accelerated approval of GMO crops

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Farmer groups in Ghana are asking the government to speed up the process of commercializing genetically modified (GM) crops as ...
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Patricia Nanteza is Uganda’s agricultural biotechnology communications queen

Christopher Bendana | 
You go to the annual National Agricultural Show in Jinja and she is there. You go to the Harvest Money ...
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Kenya reconsidering GMO crop ban to support food security

Verenardo Meeme | 
Kenya is reconsidering its 2012 import ban on genetically modified maize as more than 1 million of its citizens require urgent humanitarian ...
Students in Ghana rally support for GMO crops

Students in Ghana rally support for GMO crops

Some student associations in Ghana have waded into the ongoing debate over whether the country should commercialize genetically modified organisms ...
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Burkina Faso cotton production plummets after phasing out insect resistant Bt GMO crop

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Cotton production in Burkina Faso is continuing its downward slide three years after the nation phased out the use of ...

CRISPR could save banana, major food source for 500 million people, from deadly disease, climate change

Joan Conrow | 
CRISPR/Cas9‐based genome editing is offering new hope for protecting a critical food security crop by developing climate-smart banana varieties. Research ...
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Viewpoint: Ghana’s anti-GMO groups urged to embrace gene editing technology

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Scientists are urging Ghana’s anti-GMO groups to embrace gene editing technology to help ensure a more effective and productive agricultural ...
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Crop biotechnology can aid environmental conservation, African scientists say

Nkechi Isaac | 
Over the years, many plant and animal species have disappeared from Earth, in part due to human degradation of the ...

Uganda’s GMO bill could become law without President’s assent

Isaac Ongu | 
After more than a decade of deliberations, a bill that governs the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Uganda ...
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Can genetically engineered bacteria ward off a hangover?

Jenna Gallegos | 
We all know that alcohol is bad for you — like really bad for you — and a night of ...

African farmers want GMO seeds to help weather climate change

John Agaba | 
It’s an old proverb in these lands that since man has learned to shoot without missing, birds have learned to ...
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Uganda GMO banana research progresses despite legal uncertainty

Lominda Afedraru | 
The Ugandan researchers who have been working since 2005 to breed more nutritious bananas say their progress won’t be hindered ...

Video: How Bt insect-resistant eggplant helped farmers in Bangladesh beat back an invasive pest

A new study confirms that genetically modified, pest-resistant Bt eggplant (brinjal) has helped smallholder farmers in Bangladesh greatly reduce their ...
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Kenya’s support for GMO crops likely to influence East Africa

John Agaba | 
For nearly 20 years, Kenya has attempted to adopt the better-yielding and disease- and drought-tolerant crop varieties bred through genetic ...
Egypt poised to again lead Africa in agricultural biotechnology innovation

Egypt poised to again lead Africa in agricultural biotechnology innovation

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
When will Egypt again lead Africa in agricultural biotech innovation? That question kept running through my mind when I visited ...
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High expectations for GMO rice research in Ghana

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
Both farmers and the Ghanaian scientists now conducting field trials of genetically modified (GM) rice believe the improved variety will ...
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Nigeria approves its first GMO food crop

Joan Conrow, Nkechi Isaac | 
After nearly a decade of research by its own scientists, Nigeria has approved its first genetically modified (GM) food crop ...