Nairobi-Public institutions across Africa are conducting groundbreaking research to produce genetically modified (GM) crops, according to a new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). A new IFPRI study presents findings on the development of GM crops by public research institutes in four African countries-Egypt, Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The first of its kind, this study assesses the state of biotech crop research, the types of genes being used, and the biosafety and regulatory challenges facing Africa.
Dennis Normile A casual conversation at a coffee break in South Africa is shaking up agricultural research throughout the developing world.
IITA, iNew Only patience could make yams ready for planting, until IITA researchers found that the same chemical solution used to make poinsettia plants shrink can make yams grow. They have identified a hormone that can “wake up” dormant tubers and accelerate propagation cycles of this vital food source.
Invasive plant species can be controlled in a safe and sustainable way says Professor Martin Hill, an entomologist at Rhodes University, South Africa. No pesticides, no manual labour, just weevils.
Tewolde Egziabher Tewolde Egziabher argues that developing nations must put in place biosafety systems based on the precautionary principle, and develop the capacity - no matter how costly - to deal with the risks of genetically modified crops. The author of the text below is director general of Ethiopia's Environmental Protection Authority, and was chief African negotiator at the Cartagena Protocol. [ADDIS ABABA] As the world's attention was focused firmly on the Cancún World Trade Organisa