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FAO unveils five-year strategic plan for agric in Nigeria

Suffyan Koroma

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has given a breakdown of its five-year strategic Programming Framework for Nigeria (CPF), spanning between 2018 and 2022. Suffyan Koroma, FAO Representative in Nigeria Suffyan Koroma, FAO Country Representative in Nigeria, said in a press statement in Abuja on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 that the framework was to assist Federal Government develop its agriculture ...

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Biosafety agency has delivered on its targets, says minister

National Biosafety Management Agency

Minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, has said that the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has delivered on its targets in line with its mandate of ensuring that modern biotechnology practices and its products are well used and deployed safely in Nigeria. Minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma (left), with Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the NBMA, Rufus Ebegba, ...

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Bayer says Monsanto likely kept files on influential people across Europe

Matthias Berninger

Bayer on Monday, May 13, 2019 said its Monsanto unit, which is being investigated by French prosecutors for compiling files of influential people such as journalists in France, likely did the same across Europe. Matthias Berninger French prosecutors said on Friday that they had opened an inquiry after newspaper Le Monde filed a complaint alleging that Monsanto, acquired by Bayer ...

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NiMET’s prediction will save farmers losses – IFAD

Sani Marshi

The National Coordinator of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Muhammadu Lawal-Ida, says the 2019 Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) rainfall prediction will save farmers millions of naira in losses. Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NiMet, Prof. Sani Mashi Lawal-Ida spoke at the NiMET-CASP down-scaling workshop for 2019 seasonal rainfall prediction in Sokoto. He said IFAD had been working with NiMET to ...

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GMO foods not in Nigerian markets, says govt


The Senior Adviser on Food Security and Nutrition, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Adeyinka Onabolu, has reiterated that the Federal Government is currently not pushing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into the Nigerian market. GMOs Adeyinka said this on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at a news conference during the inauguration of a Food, Planet and Health report in Nigeria by the EAT-Lancet ...

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HarvestPlus to provide bio-fortified foods for 200 million Nigerians by 2030

bio-fortified crop

HarvestPlus Nigeria on Thursday, May 9, 2019 promised to provide bio-fortified foods for over 200 million Nigerians in rural communities and malnourished vulnerable by 2030. Bio-fortified crops in Africa The Country Manager of HarvestPlus, Dr Paul Ilona, made the assertion while speaking with members of the Food and Agriculture Writers Organisation of Nigeria (FAWON) during a training session on Bio-Fortified ...

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FAO to implement Nigeria 2018-2022 country programme with $91.42m

Suffyan Koroma

Country Representative in Nigeria for Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), Mr Suffyan Koroma, said the organisation would require $91.42 million to implement the 2018-2022 Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the country. Suffyan Koroma, FAO Representative in Nigeria He said in an interview with News Agency o9f Nigeria (NAN) at the launching of the CPF on Tuesday that a sum of ...

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AfDB seeks self-sufficiency in rice production through technologies

Charles Frimpong TAAT

As at 2014, rice consumption in sub-Saharan Africa was estimated to be approximately 26 million metric tons (MT). Out of this figure, 13 million MT which represents about one-third of what is traded on the world market, came into Africa via imports. Charles Frimpong presenting the Mini ASI Multi-Crop Thresher Cleaner being fabricated at the workshop. Photo credit: TAAT) Rice ...

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Students reject GMOs, seek promotion of indigenous farming systems

HOMEF Dialogue

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) in collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Benin, Edo State on April 30, 2019 organised a Dialogue with students to examine issues with food and farming systems in Nigeria; the implications of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and to define suitable alternatives for agricultural productivity. Participants at the Dialogue The interactive session ...

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IITA to train farmers on seed yam technologies in eight states

Nteranya Sanginga

The International Institute of Trolpical Agriculture (IITA) says it will train farmers on good agronomic practices for yam production under its Yam Improvement for Income and Food Security in West Africa (YIIFSWA) project. Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General of the IITA Ms Oiwoja Odihi, the Communication Specialist for the YIIFSWA project, said this in an interview with the News Agency ...

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