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Viewpoint: Uganda battles anti-GMO, anti-vaccine coalition agitating against COVID-19 immunization

A handful of activist groups are now working in tandem to undermine Uganda’s plans to inoculate its population against the ...
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‘Why use dangerous pesticides when GM maize can help us fight fall armyworm?’ Ugandan farmers ask government

Upon learning that one of the ways they could effectively deal with the challenge of the fall armyworm was using ...
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Uganda proposes ‘stop-gap’ rules to block GMO crops that could be brought illegally across Kenyan border

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), plans to draft regulations that will guide the environmental release of Genetically Modified Organisms ...
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Facing disease crisis, Ugandan farmers say they’ll illegally grow GMO cassava to feed their families, increase yields

Cassava is one of the most important food crops in the Africa, a primary component of the rural economy. It ...
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Local officials in Uganda want scientists to help counter nation’s influential anti-GMO activists

Local government officials from over 10 districts in Central Uganda warned scientists of biotech critics whose efforts they claimed were ...
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Uganda’s agriculture minister wants churches to help promote genetic engineering

The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has commenced his campaign which he said is ...
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Kenya GMO insect-resistant Bt cotton approval exposes ‘missed opportunity’ for neighboring Uganda

Kenya has made history as it joined six other African countries in commercial cultivation of BT cotton. Peter Munya, the ...
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Ugandan President wants GMO bill passed

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni wants the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus to meet, discuss and finally pass the nation’s ...
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GMO blight-resistant potato expected to help over 300,000 farmers in Uganda cut pesticide use, boost yields

Stakeholders working within the potato sector in Uganda are confident about the wide adoption of a new bioengineered late blight ...
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Health officials urge Uganda to pass biosafety law granting consumer access to biofortified GMO crops

Representatives from the Ministry of Health, Uganda Medical Association, the National Drug Authority, and Uganda Pharmaceutical Society resolved that the government ...
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Once ‘misinformed and misled’ about GMOs, Ugandan farmers eager to grow disease-resistant cassava

Farmers from five districts in the West Nile region in North Western Uganda are upbeat about the prospect of growing ...
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Uganda faces heavy losses without GMO banana, economist warns

A leading Ugandan economist is warning of heavy financial losses among banana farmers if they don’t soon adopt a genetically ...
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African farmers could boost crop yields with GMO seeds—if their governments would let them

An air of Malthusian gloom hangs over smallholder farmers in Sironko, in eastern Uganda. In the old days, they say, ...
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Viewpoint: Activist myth-making, anti-science lobbying undermine Uganda’s path to food security

The president's trepidation about crop biotech is science-free and largely due to the influence of Western environmental groups ...
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Plans to introduce GMO crops in disarray, legislators angry after Uganda’s president rejects GMO cultivation law for second time

The lawmakers could attempt to enact the legislation without the president’s signature ...
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Uganda’s president rejects GMO safety bill for second time—will it pass without his signature?

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for the second time declined to sign a controversial genetic engineering regulatory bill into law citing ...
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Why efforts to contain Ebola through experimental vaccines could change Uganda’s opposition to GMO crops

Uganda appears to be in a stalemate over genetically-engineered crops. Could Ebola change that? ...
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Ugandan farmers clamor for access to GMO crops—a year after parliament passes biosafety bill

Almost a year since the passing of the Genetic Engineering Regulatory Act (GERA), farmers are still waiting on the commercialization ...
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Uganda set to embrace artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, but biotechnology languishes

'Something fundamentally detrimental to the progress of scientific and technological innovations in the agriculture of our nation is happening.' ...
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Facing Ebola outbreak, Uganda approves 3 experimental treatments

Health authorities in Uganda have approved the use of three experimental treatments against Ebola in the country. The decision comes ...
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People in Africa eat GMO foods. So why do they oppose new crops developed by their own scientists?

GM foods are already sold in supermarkets throughout Africa, but the fear remains ...
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Uganda’s anti-GMO activists blamed for stonewalling nation’s new biosafety rules

A campaign by non-governmental organizations is determined to keep Uganda free of GMOs ...
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African farmers look to genetic engineering in fight against plant diseases and pests

The benefits of genetic engineering will not come to fruition in Africa if the opponents of the technology continue to ...
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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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Uncertain future of Uganda’s GMO law spurs anxiety, confusion among biotech supporters

Biotech supporters are unsure what the delay means ...
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Uganda’s GMO bill could become law without President’s assent

After more than a decade of deliberations, a bill that governs the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Uganda ...
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Quest for disease and pest-resistant rice: Ugandan researchers turn to hybrid, GMO breeding programs

Key crop researchers are pushing for the development and eventual commercialization of GMO varieties tailored to suit Uganda's needs ...
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Question of liability: Why researchers are worried about Uganda’s new biotech act

Uganda’s Genetic Engineering Regulatory Act has sent a cold chill down the spines of scientists who dream of creating new ...
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