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GMO foods not in Nigerian markets, says govt

GMOs

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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Nigerian farmers not ready for hydroponic farming, says agriculturist

Hydroponic farming

An agriculturist, Mr Ismail Olawale, has said that local farmers in Nigeria may not be ready to practice hydroponic farming system despite its multifaceted benefits. Hydroponic farming Olawale, a fellow at the Nigerian Agriculture and Extension Liaison Service (NAERLS), said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. He said that hydroponic farming was a ...

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AfDB supports Nigeria on infrastructure development to boost agro-business

Akinwunmi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has pledged to support the Government of Nigeria to provide infrastructure development to boost agro-business in the country. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina President of the bank, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, made the pledge in Abuja on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the AfDB Investors Forum on promoting “Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs)’’. Represented by his Special ...

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Scaling up of heat-tolerant wheat transforms food production, policy in Sudan

Sudanese farmers

Sudanese wheat farmers are in a joyous mood. They are celebrating the success of new heat-resistant wheat varieties which have transformed their country’s food landscape. Sudanese farmers celebrating the success of new heat resistant wheat varieties Thanks to the scaling up of proven technologies by the Wheat Compact of Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT), the farmers can now boast of new ...

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AfDB deploys TAAT to combat food insecurity in the Sahel

Akinwunmi Adesina

As part of the plan to ensure food security in the Sahel, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has named Senegal as the next stopping point for its African agricultural transformation programme. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina Holding from April 23 to 24, 2019 in Dakar, the launch forms part of African Development Bank’s (AFDB) plan to transform sorghum and millet in ...

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