How Lack of Know-How, Reliance on Monsanto gave GMO a Bad Image in Africa

All over the world, there is controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) especially with regard to their use in producing food. The key areas of the controversy are whether GM food should be labelled, the role of government regulators, the effect of GM crops on health and the environment, the effect on pesticide resistance, the… Read More How Lack of Know-How, Reliance on Monsanto gave GMO a Bad Image in Africa

Nigeria Presents First Home Grown Genetically Modified Crop

After years of research, the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) presents to Nigerians Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea. The first home-grown Genetically Modified crop in Nigeria. PBR Cowpea has been under research for the last 8 years and according to the Executive Secretary of the ARCN, Professor Ambrose Voh, PBR Cowpea has passed all… Read More Nigeria Presents First Home Grown Genetically Modified Crop

Why Developed Countries Are Moving Food Production Away from Farms to Labs

While developing countries are advocating for, diversifying to and investing in Agriculture for food security and job creation, developed countries are moving food production from farms to laboratories. “Laboratory!” Someone in Africa would scream. Yes, laboratory, thanks to food biotechnology, a field African countries haven’t gotten a grip on yet. In short, biotechnology is not… Read More Why Developed Countries Are Moving Food Production Away from Farms to Labs

Researchers Have Deciphered the Complete Sequence of a Major Crop in Africa — the White Yam

A group of international scientists from International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Nigeria, the Japan International Research Centre for Agricultural Science (JIRCAS), the Iwate Biotechnology Research Centre (IBRC), Japan, and the Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory of the United Kingdom, has finally revealed the full genome sequence of one of Africa’s poorly understood… Read More Researchers Have Deciphered the Complete Sequence of a Major Crop in Africa — the White Yam

Agritech: How New Technologies are Improving Agriculture in Africa

Globalization has made new technologies and innovations available to people in Africa like never before. Africans must as a matter of necessity take advantage of these technologies by localizing and using them to improve agriculture which is the major source of employment in the continent. There has been huge scientific and technological advancement in almost… Read More Agritech: How New Technologies are Improving Agriculture in Africa

Archives Reveal Why Africa Should not Depend on Monsanto for GMOs

New innovations in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry must pass through trials to find out the effectiveness and side effects. The innovation is given a Go, if the benefits way outweighs the side effects, if not it is taken back to the lab for more research. While Food biotechnology may be the solution to food… Read More Archives Reveal Why Africa Should not Depend on Monsanto for GMOs