Uganda celebrates World Food Day by showcasing the work of its homegrown biotech scientists and emphasizing strong farmer and government support for GMO technology.
The rhetoric is heating up as Ghana prepares to release its first commercial GMO crop, a pest-resistant variety of cowpea, but government officials have pledged to support use of the technology in agriculture.
Uganda’s long-awaited national Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill was delayed again yesterday, but is likely to be passed next Tuesday, according to the nation’s Minister of Science Technology and Innovation.
As a member of the African diaspora, I feel it is my duty to stay informed on what’s happening on the continent, as well as to contribute to its development. Therefore, I was thrilled when invited to teach a short course on scientific writing at the West African Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) this past January in Legon, Ghana. Known as a the “Gateway to Africa,” Ghana has always been seen as an example of Africa’s forward momentum towards economic growth and human development and it is only natural that this proud nation would want to lead in the agricultural sector as well.
Chile is currently the fifth largest seed producer worldwide, and the first in the production of genetically modified (GM) seeds in the southern hemisphere.