CABI launches PlantwisePlus Programme to aid production of safe, quality food

UK – Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) has launched a worldwide programme – PlantwisePlus -to help support low and lower-middle income countries to predict, prepare themselves for and prevent plant health threats in a changing climate reducing crop losses and empowering farmers to increase income, food security and food safety by producing more and higher quality food. CABI is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. It has worked in Africa for…

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Research institutions in Nigeria develop GE rice to bolster yields

NIGERIA – The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in association with National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) and the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) among other research institutions in Nigeria has developed a Genetically Engineered (GE) rice which could increase yield by 20 per cent and significantly boost the food security agenda of the federal government. The foundation said the Nitrogen Efficient Water Efficient Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) rice type, will be a game changer in the production of the grain, aiding to significantly reduce importation. Speaking during the 2021 annual…

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Nigeria launches transgenic insect resistant cowpea

NIGERIA – Nigeria has officially launched and released a genetically modified (GM) cowpea variety, which is resistant to the pod borer pest. The pod borer-resistant (PBR) cowpea popularly known as beans in Nigeria is resistant to the insect pest Maruca vitrata, which is accountable for up to 80 percent yield losses. PBR cowpea was first released in Nigeria in December 2019 as the SAMPEA 20-T variety. It is the product of an international partnership under the coordination of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) that included scientists from the Institute…

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Kenya National Food fortification summit roots for joint effort to enhance food fortification

KENYA – Stakeholders at the 2nd Kenya National Food fortification summit have emphasized the importance of concerted effort and multi-sectoral approaches to increase food fortification efforts for a nourished country. The summit running under the theme: “Creating an Enabling Environment for Food Fortification in Kenya” was organized to assess the progress made compared to challenges that were highlighted during the 2018 summit. As the stakeholders reflected on the milestones made since the first summit held in 2018, the summit established a number of key achievements through the Kenya National Food…

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Sectoral Council on Agriculture, Food Security in Africa calls for harmonized policies

AFRICA – The Sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security (SCAFS), has called for the urgent need for the region to implement harmonized policies, and to operationalize regional instruments, in order to guarantee sustainable agricultural production, trade in commodities and to attain sustainable regional food and nutrition security. It had earlier in 2019 given a nod to harmonized procedures for conducting Pest Risk Analysis (PRAs) for maize, beans and rice. Subsequently, development of harmonized Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for inspection of the cereals were required to operationalize the PRAs.  In…

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National Research Fund, Egerton University launch safe food laboratory

KENYA – The National Research Fund (NRF) in partnership with Egerton University has launched a Safe Food Laboratory (SAF-LAB) worth 39 million Kenyan shillings(USD $ 361278.37) to bolster production of quality food and economic development. As a government mandated research and science development agency, the NRF funds research, the development of high-end human capacity and critical research infrastructure to promote knowledge production. The SAF LAB will serve as a food safety reference laboratory equipped with modern research facilities aimed at benefiting researchers countrywide.  It will boost the horticultural industry in…

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Nigeria’s council on agriculture, rural development warrants crop bio-fortification

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD), has at the 44th regular meeting of the Council, rubber-stamped mainstreaming staple crop bio-fortification in all aspects of agricultural interventions in Nigeria. This is a major stride towards improving nutrition for millions of Nigerians who suffer from micro-nutrient deficiency. The council is charged with the advocacy of agribusiness in Nigeria and providing leadership and capacity building to all stakeholders in agricultural systems. Dr. Adeola Odedina, Commissioner for Agriculture of Nigeria’s Ogun State, and a longstanding partner of HarvestPlus, had…

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FAO, Spain vow to tighten ties in bid to heighten food security

ITALY – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Kingdom of Spain have released the first edition of their partnership report entitled, ” FAO + Spain: Working for global food security and nutrition to mark their long-standing co-operation” in a virtual event. FAO’s director general was joined by Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas Puchades, and Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau. They acknowledged their joint efforts to fight global hunger and malnutrition in the past decade and…

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