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Scientists reject Nobel laureates’ pro-GMO letter

GMO rice

GMO supporters “have discarded rigorous science”, says the Union of Latin American Scientists Committed to Society and Nature (UCCSN-AL) The Union of Latin American Scientists Committed to Society and Nature (UCCSN-AL) has issued a statement rejecting the letter signed by Nobel Prize laureates in favour of genetically modified crops and GMO golden rice. About GM crop science in general, UCCSN-AL says: “(Transgenesis) ...

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How Ethiopian farmers harvest data to boost farming

Dangila woreda

What’s the weather doing? It is a question that obsesses many. But, for many Ethiopians, it is a question that makes the difference between plenty and destitution. Ethiopia is a rich and diverse country that is home to around 100 million people, 88 different languages and imbued with long, diverse history. Its highlands are seasonally wet and fertile and its ...

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Ondo, timber merchants collaborate to curb illegal activities

Olusegun Mimiko

Executive members of the Timber Traders Organisation (TTO), Akure-Ofosu branch in Ondo State, have declared their readiness to join hands with the state government in curbing illegal activities of encroachers and poachers in the state forest reserves. They have also shown their willingness to collaborate with the state Ministry of Natural Resources in regenerating the forest reserves. The Chairman of ...

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GMOs: Why activists put citizens’ health first


On Monday, 15th August, I was privileged to be a panelist at the “Experts meeting on Bio-safety & Bio-technology-GMOs” organised by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture. In attendance were the Ministers of Science &Technology, Agriculture and Environment. In their opening remarks, they made it clear that they look to these conversations to give them guidance in ...

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Five-year agriculture roadmap emerges

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The Federal Government of Nigeria has inaugurated a roadmap for the agriculture sector, tagged: “The Green Alternative: Agriculture Promotion Policy, 2016-2020.” Speaking on Monday in Abuja at the occasion, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said the vision was to revive the agric sector to boost food production in the country. According to Ogbeh, the policy would ...

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More investment crucial to upscale Great Green Wall initiative

Jose Graziano da Silva

During a high-level event on the Great Green Wall initiative, leaders of African countries called for increased investment in combatting desertification and land degradation to improve the lives of the people of Africa’s drylands. “The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is committed to scaling up support to the Great Green Wall initiative,” said José Graziano Da ...

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Foresters emphasise on integration to achieve SDGs

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali Bin Apong

Key forestry experts from governments, the private sector and NGOs gathered on Wednesday for the opening of the Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit 2016 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Regional leaders reinforced the importance of working in partnership between governments, private sector, forest scientists and communities towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the Paris Agreement. Opening the Summit Brunei’s ...

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Hailstorm destroys farmlands in Sokoto


About 70 farmlands have been destroyed by hailstorm in some villages of Shagari Local Government of Sokoto State. Confirming the incident to news men in Shagari town on Monday, chairman of the Local Government Council, Alhaji Jabbi Shagari, said that the affected villages include Gangam, Illela and Lambar Yabo. According to him, “The disaster destroyed over 10,000 square metre of farmlands, ...

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Agency describes act as safety valve for modern biotech

Rufus Ebegba

The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has described the 2015 Act that established it as a safety valve for the adoption of modern biotechnology in Nigeria. A statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the Director-General of the Agency, Dr. Rufus Ebegba, countered that the recent call by a group for the repeal of the Act was not only frivolous ...

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GMOs in Nigeria: The silent part


“GMOs, finally approved to be grown in Nigeria,” a not so surprising news after all. The country has in recent times been trotting in the darkness of instability and economic uncertainty and it’s just not a big surprise that the oil rich nation would make room for such a decision as to approving the much controversial new wonder of biotechnology ...

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