Dr. TJ Higgins discusses a global effort to genetically engineer a pest-resistant variety of cowpea (black-eyed peas) that will help small-holder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa reduce pesticide use and enjoy higher yields of a crop that is an important source of protein for more than 200 million people. Video by Hannah Smith Walker.
Nitrogen fertilizers are a miracle of modern agriculture — their application increases crop yields which help feed an expanding global population. But there is downside to the use of nitrogen fertilizers: they require intense amounts of energy to produce; nitrogen runoff is a major source of pollution; and nitrogen is an expensive, often inaccessible input for smallholder farmers around the world.
Pamela Paparu explains her PEARL research to produce a root rot-resistant variety of the common beans that are an important subsistence crop in East Africa, and shares her experiences as a woman engaged in science in Uganda.
Africa is a drought-prone continent, making farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers who rely on rainfall to water their crops. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans depend on it as their main food source – and it is severely affected by frequent drought.
Tanzania conducts its first-ever GMO field trial of a drought-tolerant maize that could help small-holder farmers successfully grow a crop, even when the rains don’t cooperate.
Ghana is a developing nation full of promise and a reputation to uphold as “The Gateway to Africa.” In this new Alliance for Science video,
Tanzania's first-ever GMO crop — a field trial of drought-tolerant maize intended to benefit small-scale farmers suffering the effects of climate change — is proceeding well...
As the anti-GMO movement divides rural communities in Hawaii, farmers growing papayas genetically engineered to resist the ringspot virus have been caught in the middle.