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Anti-grazing law violates herdsmen’s rights, says group


A group, the Billital Moroobe Association of Nigeria (BILPAN), warned on Monday, November 20, 2017 that the anti-grazing law enacted in some states was a violation of the fundamental human rights of herdsmen. The group, which also call themselves Pastoralists, made the statement while speaking with newsmen in Dutse, Jigawa State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ...

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Government, CGIAR launch new climate change insurance roadmap for farmers

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), on Monday, November 20, 107 launched an evidence-based insurance development roadmap to accommodate smallholder farmers in the country. Dr Bukar Hassan, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, launched the roadmap in Abuja. Hassan said that the roadmap was apt because of the ...

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Adamawa pays N20m counterpart fund to scale up FADAMA project

Bindo Umaru Jibrilla

The Adamawa State Government has paid N20 million counterpart fund for the implementation of the FADAMA III Second Additional Financing (AFII) programme to fast-track efforts to restore people’s livelihoods in the state. Mr Mohammed Bello, the State Project Coordinator of FADAMA, made this known on Friday in Yola, while presenting a report to the FADAMA mission team led by Dr ...

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Agroforestry to propel achievement of Nationally Determined Contributions

Elsa Galarza

A programme on how agroforestry can be part of the solution to climate change has been published in a policy brief by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). The programme, launched at a side event at COP23 in Bonn on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 highlights how Agroforestry projects can propel achievement of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of different countries. Organised by ...

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Is Uganda ready for GMOs?


Several African countries have experimented with GMOs with limited success, for example Bt cotton in Burkina Faso The Parliament of Uganda recently passed the National Biosafety Act 2017. The law is intended to provide a legal and regulatory framework for the safe development and application of “biotechnology”, not “Biosafety”, in the country. The advancement of modern biotechnology has been popularised as ...

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Africa urged to adopt agric biotech as farmers demand GMO seeds


As the sensitisation on biotechnology as another option for enhancing agricultural productivity gains ground among Ghanaian farmers, scientists are faced with one problem – how to immediately meet the growing demand for seeds. In various sensitisation workshops on biotechnology-related issues that have been held recently with mixed stakeholders in many parts of the country, farmers have asked where they could ...

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Why imported GM maize was repatriated, by biosafety agency

Dr. Rufus Ebegba

The Director General/ CEO, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba, has said that the imported GM maize that was impounded at Apapa Wharf was repatriated back to its country of origin because the importers failed to comply with the NBMA 2015 act. Dr. Ebegba, who stated this while addressing a press conference on Wednesday, November 14, 2017 in ...

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Bio-fortified crops are natural, different from GM crops – Expert

bio-fortified crop

The Country Manager of HarvestPlus Nigeria, Mr Paul Ilona, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 said that bio-fortified crops were natural and different from genetically modified (GM) crops, which are basically synthetic. Ilona, who said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, pointed out that the crops were also different from foods that were fortified with ...

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UN urges COP23 participants to achieve food security, zero hunger by 2030

René Castro

The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 called on the participants of the Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, to adopt a coordinated policy approach in order to achieve zero hunger and ensure food security across the world by 2030. Jose da-Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO),  said: “Climate change, hunger and poverty must ...

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500 farmers key into Anchor Borrowers scheme in Daura


Rice Farmers Association, Daura Local Government chapter in Katsina State, northern Nigeria, says it has so far registered 500 farmers for the second phase of the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers Agricultural Programme. Alhaji Nura Baure, the chairman of the association made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Daura on Tuesday, November. He said the ...

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