Polio: 240,000 Children To Receive Injectable Vaccine, Says WHO

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The World Health Organization(WHO) has said that at least, 240,000 children would be immunized during the Injectable and Oral Polio Vaccination campaign scheduled to hold between 2nd and 6th May in Sokoto North, Sokoto South and Wamakko local government areas (LGAs) of the state. The Supplemental Immunization Officer of WHO, Dr. Ana…

How I Got Converted To GMO Food

By MARK LYNAS APRIL 24, 2015 NAIROBI, Kenya — Mohammed Rahman doesn’t know it yet, but his small farm in central Bangladesh is globally significant. Mr. Rahman, a smallholder farmer in Krishnapur, about 60 miles northwest of the capital, Dhaka, grows eggplant on his meager acre of waterlogged land. As we squatted in the muddy field, examining…

Researchers Partner On New African opportunities for sustainable food systems

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Twenty-three (23) African and European research partners are presently collaborating on a long term research and innovation towards a sustainable improvement of food and nutrition security and the livelihoods of African farmers. A report by the Natural Resources Institute in Finland says that the focus of the research is on sustainable intensification…

Press Release: Nigeria Gets Biosafety Law

PRESS RELEASE By Prof. Lucy Jumeyi Ogbadu, Director-General/CEO, National Biotechnology Development Agency, Abuja Nigeria has finally joined the league of Biotechnology countries President Goodluck Jonathan has signed the National Biosafety Agency Bill, which is a milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in Nigeria a giant stride that will allow the country to join the…

Nigeria Gets Biosafety Law, Joins League of Biotechnology countries

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Nigeria has finally joined the league of biotechnology countries with the signing the National Biosafety Agency Bill into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday. The Law seeks to domesticate modern biotechnology used by advanced countries as cutting-edge technology to boost economic development. A statement signed by the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of…

Nairobi ABBC-2015 Declaration: Lift Ban on GMO Imports in Kenya

Delegates from 30 countries from around the world, attending an International Agri-Biotech and Biosafety Communication Conference (ABBC-2015) in Nairobi have called on the Kenya Government to lift a 2-year ban on GMO imports.  Addressing the delegates comprising of farmers, scientists, policy makers, private sector, the media and science communicators, the Principal Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry…

Off-grid Smart Villages States key role of mini-hydro schemes in Nepal

Off-grid Smart Villages States key role of mini-hydro schemes in Nepal By Abdallah el-Kurebe As a follow up to the awareness campaign on rural energy for policymakers in Eastern Africa, held in Arusha, Tanzania in June last year, SmartVillages Initiative has launched a Smart Villages and Practical Action off-grid village energy workshop in Nepal. The…

Arusha Hosts Post-Durban Dialogue On Climate Change and Agriculture

By Abdallah el-Kurebe A three-day Post-Durban Dialogue on climate change and agriculture, aimed at examining the outcome of the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP 17) held in Durban in November-December 2011, has opened in Arusha, Tanzania. Jointly organized by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA);…

Modern Agric Biotech: Lessons From Brazil For Africa

By Abdallah el-Kurebe  Journalists, farmers, scientists, biosafety regulators and agribusiness companies from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and the US gathered in Brazil between March 16th and 20th 2015 for the Biotechnology and Science Communication Confidence Building Project.   This meeting was meant to enable African countries learn about and improve on their food…

Climate Change, Adaptation and African Agriculture

By Abdallah el-Kurebe Key Facts ¤ The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” – The board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). ¤ Climate Change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air,…