​Integrated Agric Research Systems Key to Africa’s Transformation – IITA DG

Integrated systems research approach in agriculture is key to sustainable transformation in Africa with benefits including increase in yields and livelihoods improvement of resource-poor farmers, according to the Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr Nteranya Sanginga. The systems approach places the farmer at the center and develops an understanding of the farm-household,…

Biosafety Regulation Assures Safety, Builds Confidence, Says NBMA Boss

​By Abdallah el-Kurebe  The Director General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), Dr. Rufus Ebegba ‎has declared that Nigeria’s Biosafety regulation of modern biotechnology and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) was crucial for safety assurance and confidence building for Nigerians. ‎He stated this at the 2nd National Biosafety Conference (NBC), which held in Abuja on November…

How Accessible, Affordable Seeds Could Boost African Food Production

By Abdallah el-Kurebe  > The large multinational companies’ quality and range of seeds, if available and affordable, could help boost yields.” – TASAIndex > “As the value of each seed increases, farmers look to get the most from it and protect that investment. This means planting earlier to hit that optimum window…” – Martin Faerber, Syngenta Seedcare Generally,…

GMOS: NBMA is Equipped to Carry Out Risk Assessments, Says Environment Minister

​By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Minister of Environment in Nigeria, Amina Mohammed has assured that the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) was adequately equipped to carry out risk assessments on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), which are currently under trial in the country. Mohammed, who gave the assurance at the just concluded Second National Conference of the National…