GMOs: Burkina Faso Settles Dispute with Monsanto

By Abdallah el-Kurebe The Burkina Faso’s cotton companies and growers have settled their long dispute with Monsanto Seed Company over their revenue losses allegedly caused by the introduction of genetically modified (GM) cotton. Among the world’s poorest countries, Burkina Faso, which began the nationwide introduction of cotton containing Monsanto’s Bollgard II trait in 2008 to…

GMOs: Senegal Supports Adoption of Agric Biotech

By Abdallah el-Kurebe ‎President Macky Sall of Senegal  has thrown his weight behind the adoption of agricultural biotechnology in the country. ‎He made the declaration during the 2017 Annual Session of the Senegal National Scientific and Technical Academy (ANSTS‎) on the situation, implications and perspectives of GMOs in Senegal. At a session chaired by him, President…

PRESS RELEASE: Closing Asia workshop calls for inclusive approach to energy access

Participants in Bangkok Bangkok: Delegates to the Smart Villages Initiative Closing Workshop for South and Southeast Asia in Bangkok March 7-9 agreed that a bottom-up approach involving villagers themselves is essential to catalyse energy access and spread its resultant development dividends in the large number of rural off-grid communities that still exist across the region…

Biotech agencies and NIREC report: Unpatriotic activism, whose interest?

By Dr. Hannah Nnadi Dear Editor,   I’m writing the article below as a concerned Nigerian, who has watched how some activists have taken it upon themselves to smear the integrity of government agencies and individuals working for the good of the country.   Nigerians should be aware and be on the alert for these activists…

Scientists discuss global cassava progress

Cassava farm IBADAN, NIGERIA: The world’s top cassava experts will gather in Nigeria to report progress on developing new varieties of cassava with higher yield and nutritional content. The meeting will take place on March 14-16, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in Ibadan.   “Africa produces more than half of the world’s…