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Tanzania cancels GMO trials again

Prof Adolf Mkenda

Newly appointed Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda, has announced the cancellation of research trials involving genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country and the decision to put in place extra biosafety scrutiny of imported genetically modified (GM) seed. Tanzania Agricultural Minister, Prof Adolf Mkenda According to the minister, the decision was taken in order to conserve the country’s genetic resources and ...

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Boosting food security in Africa via adoption of genetically modified crops

GMOs

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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Legal practitioners advise on GMOs, biosafety regulation

Lawyers on biosafety

“Biosafety entails protecting the ecosystem and human health from harmful incidents. This is achievable through dependable biosafety laws and regulations. Where biosafety regulations are strong, biodiversity is sure and food systems are secured.” Panelists speaking on “GMOs and their implications for Nigeria” at the Health of Mother Earth Foundation’s “Round Table with Lawyers on GMOs and Biosafety in Nigeria” These ...

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Experts highlight genetic engineering threats to food systems

HOMEF Biosafety Media Training

A group of experts who spoke at a recent gathering has expressed reservations over the dangers posed by the genetic engineering to food safety. Participants at the Biosafety Media Training At a Media Training on Biosafety held physically and virtually on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State courtesy of the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), a ...

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Nigeria begins nationwide demonstrations of genetically modified cowpea

Cowpea

The Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University (IAR/ABU) Zaria and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) have concluded arrangements for nationwide on-farm demonstrations to raise farmer awareness on the new genetically modified Pod Borer Resistant cowpea variety, commercialised as SAMPEA-20-T. Cowpea The demonstration trials will be managed solely by farmers on their plots and supervised by government extension agents ...

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Groups warn against release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Nigeria

GM mosquitoes

Over 75 civil society organisations from Nigeria, Africa and other countries in the world have condemned moves to open the way for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in Nigeria. Organisations from all over the world have warned Nigerian officials not to open the way for the release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the country On Friday June 6, 2020 ...

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Concern over plans to release genetically modified chestnuts trees into natural forests

Chestnuts trees

Researchers are currently seeking approval to release fertile, genetically engineered American chestnuts into natural forests. Chestnuts trees While scientists envision a future of forests filled with genetically modified trees on one hand, some observers, on the other hand, however fear that approving the plan would set “a disastrous precedent”. The observers, who are basically activists, insist that it is erroneous ...

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Biosafety regulators to develop pathways for transgenic mosquitoes

GM mosquitoes

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said there is the need to accelerate the development of regulatory pathways for genetically based vector control methods such as transgenic mosquitoes. Creating transgenic or genetically modified mosquitoes Transgenic denotes an organism that contains genetic material into which DNA from an unrelated organism has ...

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COVID-19: Agency says safe modern biotechnology can ensure food security

Dr Rufus Ebegba

Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus Ebegba, has said that the issue of the adoption of safe modern biotechnology products to ensure food security and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic is key to the development of the country. Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director General, National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) The Director General said ...

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Renowned geneticist cautions against adoption of GMO crops

Dr. Melaku Worede

A renowned Ethiopian geneticist and agronomist has cautioned against the adoption of a genetically modified (GM) variety, saying that it could pose a serious threat to the tremendous genetic and biological diversity of the country. Dr. Melaku Worede Dr. Melaku Worede, a plant geneticist and former Director of the Ethiopian Plant Genetic Resources Centre, said that any move to improve ...

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