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Biosafety agency trains staff on genome editing regulations

NBMA

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it has commenced trainings to properly equip biosafety regulators on how best to regulate the emerging technologies called Genome Editing. Director General, NBMA, Dr Rufus Ebegba, addressing participants at the forum Genome editing or genome engineering or gene editing is a type of genetic engineering in which DNA is inserted, deleted, modified or ...

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Biosafety agency assures Nigerians of safely regulated GMOs

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has assured Nigerians that the agency is ensuring all Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) pass all safety regulations before being released into the environment. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director General (NBMA) gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in ...

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Biosafety agency opening Nigeria to ‘risky’ technologies, HOMEF alleges

Nnimmo Bassey

The Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a not-for-profit based in Benin City, Edo State, has said that the nation is being opened to “risky” emerging technologies under the regulatory functions of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA). The assertion was reportedly informed by a recent news report that suggested that NBMA may have begun drafting guidelines to regulate genome ...

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New, cost-effective technology enriches poor fields

Soil

Succour may be in the offing for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa facing the challenges of poor soil, thanks to a new technology that can enrich fields without massive investments in irrigation and fertiliser. The technology technology consists of long strips of polyethylene membranes installed in a U-shape below and near the root zones of crops Modelled for eight African ...

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Biosafety agency drafts guidelines on genome editing

NBMA

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has begun drafting of guidelines for the proper regulation of genome editing in Nigeria. Participants at the NBMA guideline drafting workshop Director General/CEO, NMBA, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, while speaking at the guideline drafting workshop in Abuja, said there is the need to have proper guidelines for regulation of genome editing which is an emerging ...

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Researchers impressed with ‘performing’ GM beans variety

Cowpea

A new beans variety developed by the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), is said to have performed better than existing beans varieties in the country. Farmers and stakeholders at the event The new variety, known as Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea, was developed after 10 years ...

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Stakeholders embrace climate smart cocoa standards in Ghana

Cocoa-Ghana

The conversation around the continuous viability of Ghana’s cocoa in the international market has reached a tipping point with civil society organisations (CSOs), private sector cocoa organisations, Parliamentarians, farmers, consultants in the cocoa industry and public institutions including the Forestry Commission (FC) rallying around the adoption of Climate Smart Cocoa Standards. Harvesting cocoa in Ghana They consider Climate Smart Cocoa ...

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South Africa rejects Monsanto’s ‘drought-tolerant’ GM maize

GM-Maize

After more than 10 years of battling Monsanto’s drought tolerant maize project, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has welcomed the decision by the South African Minister of Agriculture, Ms. Thoko Didiza, upholding of both the decision by the Executive Council: GMO Act and the Appeal Board to reject Monsanto’s application for the commercial cultivation of its triple stacked “drought-tolerant” GM maize ...

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Nigeria at 59: Nation has achieved giant strides in biosafety – Agency

Dr Rufus Ebegba

The Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, says Nigeria has achieved giant strides in the area of biosafety. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) Ebegba said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) against the backdrop of Nigeria’s 59th Independence. He said the setting up of the agency in ...

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Agroecology as innovation

Agroecology

On July 3, the High-Level Panel of Experts of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released its much-anticipated report on agroecology in Rome. The report signals the continuing shift in emphasis in the UN agency’s approach to agricultural development. Agroecology As outgoing FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva has indicated, “We need to promote a transformative change in the ...

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