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Biotechnology, tool to meet 50% food security by 2050 – D-G

Abdullahi Mustapha

The Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Prof. Addullahi Mustapha, says biotechnology can play a vital role to increase the country’s food security by 50 per cent in 2050. Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, Director-General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Mustapha said this in an interview on Friday, March 26, 2021 said in Abuja. He said that biotech crops could address food ...

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Kenyan scientists discover invasive snail damaging rice farms

Apple snail

Kenyan scientists have discovered an invasive snail that is damaging rice farms, Theophilus Mutui, the Managing Director, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), said on Friday, March 26, 2021. Apple snail “Given the impact of this species in Asia, there is the need for an assessment of its risk to Africa and the implementation of an appropriate response in Kenya ...

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Kano sends Environmental Pollution Bill to legislators

Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano State Ministry of Environment says it has sent an Environmental Pollution Bill to the House of Assembly for ratification. Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State Sunusi Kofar-Naisa, Chief Public Relations Officer of the ministry, made this known in a statement on Friday, March 26, 2021 in Kano, the state capital. Kofar-Naisa said the Commissioner for Environment, Kabiru Ibrahim-Getso, made ...

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Heavy rains loom in 2021, FEMA alerts FCT residents

Mohammed Bello

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has advised FCT residents to prepare for the rainy season and avoid environmental practices that could lead to flooding in the territory. FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello Director-General of FCT FEMA, Mr Abass Idris, gave the advice in a statement signed by FEMA’s Acting Head, Public Relations, Ngaha Faustina, on Thursday, March ...

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Inadequate scientific capacities affecting biotech uptake in Africa – Expert

Issoufou Kollo

Inadequate scientific capacity in most African countries has been identified as the reason for low adoption of modern biotechnology in sub-Saharan Africa, according to an expert. Dr Issoufou Kollo The statement was made by Dr Issoufou Kollo, AATF Cowpea Project Manager, in a keynote address to legal practitioners and officers during a two-day workshop on biotechnology and biosafety recently held ...

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IUCN recognises endangered forest and savanna elephants as distinct species

elephant ivory

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced on Thursday, March 25, 2021 that it now recognises two distinct species of African elephants: The Forest Elephant and the Savanna Elephant. Forest elephants are poached for their ivory and skin, and threatened with extinction The revised assessment of African elephants also has found that the Forest Elephant is Critically Endangered ...

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Two-third of Africans willing to receive COVID-19 vaccine – Survey

Covid-19 Vaccine

Two-third of Africans interviewed have expressed their willingness to accept the COVID-19 vaccines, says the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Africa CDC disclosed this in a statement from its Addis Ababa, ...

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UNCCD committee reviews progress, funding for achieving land degradation neutrality

Ibrahim Thiaw

Despite taking place online “for reasons that we would have preferred to avoid,” as Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw noted, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) made good use of the opportunity to share experiences on issues to be addressed at the next session of the Conference of the Parties to ...

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Brazil emerges 130th country to ratify Nagoya Protocol

Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil, which is considered the most biodiverse country in the world, on March 4, 2021 ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation, becoming the 130th Party to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to do so. President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil “Brazil is a global leader ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: What’s wrong with our food system?

Nnimmo Bassey

One of the most important lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that life is best preserved when beings live in deference to one other. When species are not displaced from their habitats and when humans are not denied their rights to shelter, food and dignity. Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) Lessons learned in the past one ...

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