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Nigerian anti-GMO groups resume lawsuit alleging biotech crops violate ‘fundamental rights to life’

The Registered Trustees of Health of Mother Earth Foundation and 16 other organisations have resumed a lawsuit against the National ...
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Nigeria’s biotech regulator urges farmers to embrace GMO Bt insect-resistant cotton and cowpea to grow nation’s economy

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), on [Jan. 20], urged Nigerian farmers to embrace Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and technology-driven ...
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Nigeria gears up for two GMO crops in the 2020 planting season

Nigeria made significant progress in agricultural biotechnology in 2019, approving two genetically modified (GM) crops — pest-resistant Bt cotton and ...
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Newly released GMO cowpea brings Nigeria closer to food security, local biotech experts say

In a statement by the Cowpea Manager of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Issoufou Kollo Abdourhamane, the approval [for ...
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Nigerian scientists call for biotech to address food security in Africa

“We need to do more advocacy for biotechnology in Nigeria and ensure accurate dissemination of scientific information." ...
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Nigerian farmers, scientists celebrate success of GMO insect-resistant cowpea field trial

Nigerian [bean] farmers have commended the performance of .... Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea .... on the field over the ...
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Nigeria needs GMO crops to boost food security, promote food safety, government says

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, announced that the Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria is working hard in ...
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GMO Bt cowpea could save Nigeria millions in crop imports annually

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) says Nigeria can save billions of naira if it cuts down on its importation ...
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Following approval of GMO crops, Nigeria sets sights on other biotech advances, including gene editing and synthetic biology

Africa's most populous nation has achieved significant strides in biotechnology ...
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Nigeria readies GMO cowpea field trials ahead of 2020 commercialization

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has disclosed that it would commence the trial of the pod borer resistant cowpea ...
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Nigeria’s greenlighting of Bt insect resistant cotton and cowpeas may spur Africa’s acceptance of GMOs

Barring a change of course, Nigeria is on pace to become one of the largest GM producing and consuming countries ...
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Viewpoint: Anti-GMO forces in Nigeria have abandoned reason and the nation’s best interests

Protecting health and and food security is best done through dialogue and education, not threats and smear campaigns ...
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Nigeria approves two GMO cotton varieties anticipated to boost production from 60,000 to 150,000 tons

Nigeria approved two genetically modified varieties of cotton for use by the nation’s farmers to help boost supply to its ...
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Podcast: GMO insect-resistant cowpea helps Africa combat destructive pests without chemicals

Cowpea is a critical crop in Western Africa. It is consumed by millions of people daily and provides important nitrogen ...
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Viewpoint: 2 reasons GMOs might be the ‘miracle’ Nigeria is looking for

As Nigeria gets slammed with another gavel of shame – this time called the Misery Index – we suddenly realize ...
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Working to build trust in the insect-resistant BT cowpea, Nigeria’s first genetically modified food crop

A crop created through technology faces intense opposition in Nigeria ...
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Africa edging toward greater acceptance of genetically engineered crops

Many African nations are increasingly listening to the scientific community rather than vocal opponents of GMOs ...
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African biotech scientist challenges activist opposition to Bt pest-resistant cowpea, Nigeria’s first GMO crop

Cowpea is one of the most important indigenous African legumes in Nigeria due to its ability to grow in drought-prone ...
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Lassa epidemic: Nigeria uses CRISPR to get early jump on viral outbreaks

An epidemic of Lassa fever in Nigeria that has killed 69 people this year is on track to be the ...
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Nigeria has its first GMO cowpea. The battle for public acceptance is just getting started

A war of words over a recently-released genetically modified cowpea has divided the Nigerian public and raised concerns about the ...
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Nigera’s approval of GMO cowpea signals Africa’s willingness to embrace biotech crops

Nigeria is on the path to becoming the first country to cultivate biotech cowpea after the country’s biosafety agency granted ...
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Nigeria approves its first GMO food crop

After nearly a decade of research by its own scientists, Nigeria has approved its first genetically modified (GM) food crop ...
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‘Landmark’ progress in 2018 expected to fuel more growth in Nigeria’s crop biotech sector

Building on landmark events from the past year, Nigeria’s biotechnology sector is expecting significant progress on two key food and ...
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Nigeria could lead Africa to innovative future in agriculture by approving GMO cowpea

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

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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Nigeria releases GMO cowpea, urges farmers not to reject technology out of fear

After nine years of field trials, the Federal Government has released genetically modified .... cowpeas to farmers in [Nigeria]. Director ...
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New biotech crop-breeding technologies struggle for traction across much of Africa

"Multinational companies from the developed world don’t want any scientific progress going on in Africa," says Ugandan researcher ...
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GM cotton could revive Nigeria’s ‘comatose’ textile industry, government says

Despite growing opposition against introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the country, the  Federal Ministry of Science and Technology ...