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GMO foods regulation and need for independent labelling agency

Recently, a very misleading press statement was released. The heading was titled “GMO foods: FG may shut Shoprite, Next superstores”. The opening paragraph read as follows: “The Federal Government, through its National Biosafety Management Agency, has issued a seven-day ultimatum to retail store giants, Shoprite and Next Cash ‘N’ Carry to withdraw any product that contains Genetically Modified Organisms from ...

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Implications of decline in forest productivity, by study

A new research has found that continued biodiversity loss would result in an accelerating decline in forest productivity worldwide. The research, published on 14 October 2016 in the journal Science, is the output of a team of scholars from 90 institutions around the world coordinated by Jingjing Liang (lead author), Peter B. Reich and Thomas W. Crowther, and includes CIFOR’s Principal ...

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UN urges nations to adapt food, agriculture to climate change

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has called on countries to address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development. The FAO, which made the call in a message to commemorate the World Food Day 2016, emphasised that, by strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers, food security for the planet’s ...

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Kenyan’s livestock insurance scheme bags awards

Researcher Andrew Mude and colleagues also receive USAID Award for Scientific Excellence; Both awards honour innovative use of satellite tech and community outreach to develop livestock insurance for vulnerable herding communities in Horn of Afric. Dr. Andrew Mude, an economist and principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), will be presented with the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for ...

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Farmers demand investment in ecological farming

Thirty smallholder farmers from Kiambu, Meru, Machakos and Makueni counties in Kenya on Tuesday set off from Thika on a four-day resilience journey that will see them engage county leaders and Kenyans on the ideal agricultural system that they envision for country and continent, exhibit produce, share knowledge and share seeds to their counterparts. The farmers will make stops in Machakos, ...

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West Timor honey harvest in harmony with forest protection

A new research has shown that the annual harvesting of wild honey may be one of the most sustainable and effective governance measures now protecting the Mount Mutis Nature Reserve in West Timor, Indonesia. The Kanoppi research project, a combined effort between the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), has found that the customary laws surrounding ...

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Nigerian farmers benefit from millet, sorghum initiative

The Phase II of Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity and Enhancement (HOPE)‎, an initiative intended to help farmers of millet and sorghum in Nigeria, is being implemented with new seeds varieties provided farmers in four states in the country. The programme is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)‎. Team ...

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244 Cameroonian farmers seek justice over land trespass

Greenpeace Africa, who documented the abuse made by the company for the last seven years, launches a call in support for the communities Local communities affected by large-scale palm oil plantation have taken their case to the Court of First Instance in Bangem, south-west Cameroon, with the first hearing set for 9 November. Greenpeace Africa, who documented the abuse made by ...

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Roads used by loggers fingered as major challenge

When logging concessions are issued with very limited terms, they are often spotlighted by conservationists as harbingers of ecological harm to come. Another serious threat is the existence of logging roads that have continued to damage the environment and forest even after the logging stops. A new study by forest experts has found out that logging, both legal and illegal, ...

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ISSD: Africa urged to restore seed sector to boost productivity

African governments need to act now and revamp the continent’s seed sector for increased agricultural productivity. Delegates to the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Africa Synthesis Conference that ended on Tuesday in Nairobi, Kenya, who made the submission, said that a vibrant seed sector would help Africa improve food and nutrition security. The experts were drawn from academia, government and ...

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