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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 ...
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Scientists could produce ‘green’ beer with CRISPR-edited yeast, but consumer fear of GMOs may stand in the way

Jenna Gallegos | 
First came the IPAs and then the double IPAs, triple IPAs, and imperial IPAs....Like most hipsters, I love a good hoppy ...

‘Landmark’ progress in 2018 expected to fuel more growth in Nigeria’s crop biotech sector

Nkechi Isaac | 
Building on landmark events from the past year, Nigeria’s biotechnology sector is expecting significant progress on two key food and ...

Viewpoint: As most of Africa ‘dilly-dallied,’ Sudan, South Africa boosted food production with biotech crops

John Agaba | 
Why are South Africa and Sudan ahead of every other country on the continent when it comes to biotech?....The nations ...
CRISPR-edited plants aren't GMOs—and 4 other essential facts about gene editing

CRISPR-edited plants aren’t GMOs—and 4 other essential facts about gene editing

Bijal Trivedi | 
If you’ve been stunned by all the alarming reports of gene-edited babies, you might have the impression that the only ...
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Nigeria could lead Africa to innovative future in agriculture by approving GMO cowpea

Opuah Abeikwen | 
Nigeria has commenced a historic process of leading other African nations on smart and innovative agriculture with the recent application ...
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Africa could miss the ‘gene revolution’ if it fails to embrace crop biotech, experts say

Nkechi Isaac | 
Africa can’t afford to be left behind as the gene revolution transforms modern farming, African agricultural experts say. This is ...
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CRISPR gene editing could turn wild plants into productive food crops

Vanessa Greenlee | 
The lantern-shaped groundcherry, with its distinctive paper-thin husk, tomato-like texture and flavor akin to kiwi, seems to deserve a place ...
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GMO bacteria could help resolve Africa’s plastic pollution ‘menace’

Joseph Opoku Gakpo | 
African scientists are calling for investments in the application of biotechnology to deal with the world’s plastic pollution problem. They ...
Precautionary principle may threaten progress of agriculture, medicine in Africa, expert says

Precautionary principle may threaten progress of agriculture, medicine in Africa, expert says

Nkechi Isaac | 
An over-reliance on the precautionary principle threatened to impede innovation in decisions made at [the recent] Convention on Biological Diversity ...
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Uganda’s young cassava farmers want access to GMO crops

Lominda Afedraru | 
Though Uganda’s Parliament passed a biosafety bill [the week of November 26], it remains unclear whether it will benefit a ...
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How anti-GMO groups and ‘Russian trolls’ influence public perceptions of science

Mark Lynas | 
A new opinion poll suggests that Russian trolls, aided by anti-GMO groups such as the Center for Food Safety and ...