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Podcast: CRISPR-edited weed; opioid addiction vaccine; Africa’s neglected diseases

An opioid-blocking vaccine could spare many people a lifetime of drug addiction, if and when it's developed. COVID-19 exposed Africa's ...
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Video: We can ‘finally’ grow GMOs—Nigerian farmer explains why developing countries need biotech crops

Nigerian farmer Patience Koku discusses the GMO crop trials she is conducting on her farm, and why growers can "rise ...
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Viewpoint: UN’s ‘hand-in-glove’ alliance with anti-pesticide groups cripples response to Africa’s ravenous locust swarms

In a year devastated by locust plagues, the COVID-19 pandemic, and massive flooding that displaced over a hundred thousand people ...
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Animal biotech could help tackle disease that costs Africa’s cattle farmers $1 billion annually

Animal biotechnology has been primed to contribute significantly towards addressing the challenge of food security, especially in the developing world ...
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GMO corn could help combat voracious pests, drought in Nigeria, field study shows

Nigeria’s quest to introduce maize varieties resistant to insect pests such as Stem Borer and Fall Army Worm (FAW) and ...
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COVID pandemic exposes Africa’s need for long-term solutions to Lassa fever and other neglected tropical diseases

Spread by food contaminated by the feces or urine of disease-carrying rodents and endemic to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and ...
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Bt cotton in Africa: Role models and lessons learned

Africa’s cotton farmers are struggling to recoup their investments because they lack access to quality seeds that can increase yields ...
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Tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

Tinted, semi-transparent solar panels can generate electricity and simultaneously produce nutritionally-superior crops, offering farmers the prospect of higher incomes and ...
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Kenyan farmers could plant GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton by November, boosting $500 million textile industry

Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Ms. Betty Maina said farmers should expect to plant Bt cotton by November ...
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Rwanda controls COVID-19 but its farmers struggle

Rwanda has achieved astonishing results in controlling the novel coronavirus, recording just five deaths from COVID-19 even as cases continue ...
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GM crops can lift farmers out of poverty, study shows

On a continent where more than 80 percent of the people living in extreme poverty are rural farmers, some have ...
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Viewpoint: Agro-ecology agendas are trapping African farmers in poverty

Rather than helping to address food insecurity, the agro-ecological agenda may in fact be trapping African farmers in poverty. That’s ...
DNA of the slave trade: American Blacks’ genetic links to Africa

DNA of the slave trade: American Blacks’ genetic links to Africa

[A] paper by 23andMe researchers leveraged genetic data from close to 50,000 people to detail one of the most comprehensive ...
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10 things everyone should know about GMOs in Africa

1. Biotechnology, genetic modification, genetic engineering and GMOs are terms for essentially the same process: breeding crops and livestock to ...
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African women are leading biotechnology advance across the continent

Women researchers are strongly influencing the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in Africa. “As African women, we are the ones who ...
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‘Eat them, poison them, drive them to cannibalism’: Kenyan scientists explore creative solutions to East Africa locust swarms

Eat them, poison them, and use scent to drive them to cannibalism - as a second wave of locusts threatens ...
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Ghanaian chief calls for commercialization of GMOs

A Ghanaian chief, Nana Adjie Panin II, has called for the country’s commercialization of genetically modified (GM) seeds. Genetically modified ...
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COVID-19 disrupts Africa’s seed supply, threatening food security

The global pandemic has made it difficult for some African seed companies to produce and import sufficient quantities of quality ...
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COVID-19 ‘hot spots’ popping up across Africa. They might smolder for years to come

Across Africa, government numbers show coronavirus infections have been significantly lower than in other parts of the world. But from ...
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African farmers yearn for biotechnology in the face of climate change

Southern Africa is on the receiving end of the devastating impact of climate change, driving millions into hunger. A record ...
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Genetic engineering could tackle crop growth barriers that promote hunger in developing nations

Using potatoes and cassava plants, along with other species such as tomato, rice, and cotton as models, [researchers have] identified ...
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Insect-resistant GMO crops make key contributions to fighting hunger, US State Department reports

Farmers around the world are using advances in agricultural science to increase crop yields, reduce the need for pesticides and ...
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African experts urge a ‘special focus’ on agriculture in post COVID recovery

African experts are urging governments across the continent to give a “special focus” to agriculture in the post-COVID-19 recovery era ...
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Viewpoint: Activist ‘armchair’ farmers keep life-saving technology out of Africa

Farmers in more developed climes use sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, drones and GPS ...
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African scientists try to resurrect research sidelined by COVID

As African nations begin easing the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, scientists are uncertain about ...
new larger wave of locusts threatens millions in africa

Kenya may declare locust infestation a national emergency as crop damage mounts

Residents of the seven sub-counties of Turkana are staring at a looming starvation after millions of locusts invaded farms and ...
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Greenpeace legal challenge fails to stop Kenya’s food imports

A Greenpeace-endorsed lawsuit to prevent Kenya’s government from importing maize to ease predicted food shortages has been rendered moot due ...
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Why GMO acceptance in Ethiopia could lead Africa to embrace biotech crops

A coalition of Ethiopian Civil Society Organizations and their global allies have launched a campaign against the cultivation of Genetically ...