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.
The GMO debate in China has been as fractious and polarizing as anywhere, dominated by fear and conspiracy theories that flourish in spite of the state-controlled media.
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.
Bolstered by a solid and functional biosafety framework, Malawi is one of the few countries in Africa poised to move forward in commercializing genetically modified crops, with cotton, cowpea and banana now in field trials.
Going forward in 2017, the biotechnology sector is poised to explore the wealth of opportunities available in Nigeria. The emphasis will be on concluding research and field trials of the Maruca-resistant Bt cowpea and insect-resistant Bt cotton, with the goal of facilitating the commercialization of these crops in 2018.
The Database of Emerging Agricultural Learning (DEAL) system provides a current, comprehensive look at biotech research and development by public sector science and small businesses around the world. This resource uses publicly sourced data to demonstrate how biotechnology is helping to drive forward solutions to improving food security for the greater public good.
Though many farmers in India are enjoying better crop yields — and higher incomes —due to technological advances, they still see a looming gap between the tools available to them and farmers in developed nations.