In recognition of his efforts on behalf of refugees, as well as his ongoing agricultural advocacy, the Alliance for Science has named Ugandan farmer Kaleb Kamure its 2017 Farmer of the Year.
It's an injustice for activists from wealthy western countries to deny farmers in the developing world access to modern technology and the freedom to make their own choices.
Hawaii papaya farmer Michael Kamiya discusses returning to the family farm and the benefits and challenges of growing GMO crops.
Africa has for many years remained a conservative continent but there appears to be a new wind blowing for the application of technological innovation to agricultural production. The continent is gradually opening up to the idea that biotechnology could play a key role in helping farmers overcome a number of the challenges they are grappling with now.
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, often called "Africa's Norman Borlaug," is pro-access, pro-science and pro-change. Now the president of the African Development Bank, he was the first Nigerian minister of agriculture who vocally supported biotechnology.
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.
Agricultural biotechnology experienced a number of significant developments in the United States last year. Now 2017 promises to usher in even more policy updates that will be important in determining the future path for products made with various modern biotechnologies.
Upon reviewing the major headlines over the last year, as well as our own work at the Alliance for Science, it becomes very clear that 2016 has been an exciting year for global biotechnology. A number of published studies, government rulings, and other events have made front-page news worldwide.
American Academy of Sciences GE Crop Study: “It is safe to eat GM food”
The security crises caused in past years by Boko Haram, which prevented farmers in the Northeast region of Nigeria from growing food, has prompted the United Nations to declare the country is in dire need of food intervention.
“A projected 5.1 million people will face serious food shortages in 2017 as conflict and the risk of unexploded improvised devices prevented farmers from planting for a third year in a row, causing a major food crisis," said Peter Lundberg, deputy humanitarian coordinator of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).