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Boosting food security in Africa via adoption of genetically modified crops


In a 2012 article published by the United Nations University, titled: “Are Transgenic Crops Safe? GM Agriculture in Africa’’, the anchor man, Dr Ademola Adenle, stressed the need for African countries to embrace Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to boost food production. GMOs Adenle listed increased crop yields, higher farm income, good health and environment, as benefits associated with GM crops. ...

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COVID-19: FAO warns over rise in hunger in Africa

Qu Dongyu

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned on the rising hunger in Africa, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Director-General of FAO, Qu Dongyu Abebe Haile-Gabriel, the organisation’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, said this in a statement on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Abuja. According to him, hunger is on the rise in all regions of Africa, ...

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Study knocks AGRA, alleges its promises are untrue

Agnes Kalibata

A study that assessed activities of the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) has issued the agricultural organisation a negative report card. Dr. Agnes Kalibata, President of AGRA Released on Monday, July 13, 2020, the study, titled: “False Promises: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa”, was published by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (South Africa and Germany), Biba (Kenya), Bread for the ...

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AATF, AUDA-NEPAD to commercialise agricultural research in Africa

Ibrahim Assane Mayaki

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) have signed a collaboration agreement that will facilitate joint work towards building a market system for the commercialisation of research products on the continent. Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, AUDA-NEPAD The agreement will also facilitate the improvement of farm productivity through mechanisation to address drudgery ...

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African ministers catalyse greater investment in agriculture sector


The Rockefeller Foundation, the African Union Commission and the International Fund for Agriculture Development on Sunday in Rome, Italy launched the ‘Leadership for Agriculture (L4Ag): The Network for African Ministers of Finance and Agriculture’ on the sidelines of this year’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)’s Governing Council Meeting. L4Ag is an exclusive network of Africa’s ministers of finance and ...

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AU, NEPAD launch roadmap for agriculture growth

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki

The African Union Commission (AUC) and NEPAD Agency have launched the AU Implementation Strategy and Roadmap to achieve the 2014 Malabo Declaration, for agricultural growth and shared prosperity. The Strategy was launched Tuesday night at a high-level dinner on the fringes of the 24th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In his statement to 300 senior officials, NEPAD Agency Chief Executive ...

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‘Africa can feed Africa without GMOs’

Experts at the Africa Climate Change conference in Marrakech, Morocco have restated Africa’s capacity to feed itself now and in the future without genetically modified organisms. They however warned that it would require increased investment in climate change research, development and innovation to make technology accessible and affordable for farmers, to enhance opportunities for easy access to agricultural finance and ...

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