The cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops has hit a new global peak, resulting in significant economic and environmental benefits, according to a report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri‐biotech Applications (ISAAA). Nearly 90 percent of the crops were grown by small-holder farmers, and developing nations planted 56 percent of the total.
Speakers at Nigeria's March for Science emphasized need to improve relations between the scientific community and the public, trust scientific principles and embrace biotechnology to improve the nation's food security.
About 1,000 scientists, students and science supporters joined three March for Science events in the Kenyan cities of Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Kakamega.
A video montage of international March for Science events portrays the budding of a global pro-science movement.
The March for Science was not only the first time that scientists took to the streets to defend the most basic values — evidence and truth — but it was the first outing for what is fast becoming a new phenomenon: a global pro-science movement.
As an official partner of the March for Science, the Cornell Alliance for Science mobilized its global network to help turn the historic April 22 action into an international affair. The Alliance’s Global Leadership Fellows and science allies organized and joined events in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, Bangladesh, Mexico, the Philippines, Hawaii, London, New Mexico, Washington, D.C and elsewhere.
Students, scientists, farmers, civil society organizations and media houses joined the Uganda March for Science to celebrate the role science has played in addressing critical development challenges, such as HIV/ AIDs, malnutrition and poverty, and remind policy makers of the importance of science in guiding long-term decision-making.
More than 400 people joined the Nigeria March for Science, seeking a change for the better, with science at the forefront, and issuing a jubilant call for increased scientific awareness.
More than 100 people gathered on April 22 at the Afia Village in Accra, Ghana, to celebrate Earth Day and join in the global March for Science campaign with teach-ins focusing on what can be done to preserve the environment, the need for science to be at the forefront of national development and ways to encourage more women to venture into science and technology.