Food From Thought

As the weather continues to change and land becomes degraded, the socio-economic security implications are vast. In an effort to tackle these issues, climate-smart agriculture is quickly...

Status Senegal: Senegal to Host Major Players of the Seed Industry

Major actors of the seed industry in West and Central Africa are expected to gather in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, from April 9-12, 2019, to identify ways...
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Status Egypt: UN Biodiversity Conference Opens in Sharm El Sheikh

The 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference opened November 18 in the seaside town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt with an opening ceremony that included an address from President of Egypt, H.E....
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Status Ethiopia: Agriculture Biotechnology to Sustain National Economic Growth

The Ethiopian government is counting on agricultural biotechnology to sustain national economic growth, the country's State Minister of Science and Innovation, Shumete Gizaw, has revealed. Speaking during the opening...
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Status Kenya: Exploring the Possibility of Bt Cotton

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has instructed the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Trade, Industry and Cooperatives to explore the possibility of farming Bt cotton to revitalize the country's cotton...
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Status Indonesia: First GM Crop in Indonesia Soon to be Commercialized

The Government of Indonesia has approved the first genetically modified crop which will soon be commercialized in the country. The biotech sugarcane event NXI-4T which contains betaine gene was developed by the state-owned sugar company, PT...

Status Philippines: Rice Collection to Receive Permanent Financial Backing

The world's largest rice collection is to receive permanent funding for the conservation and sharing of 136,000 varieties of the staple crop that feeds more than three billion people worldwide. The agreement...
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Status Pakistan: Sargodha University Signs Agreement with FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has entered into an agreement with Sargodha University to help enhance its institutional capacity of the seed sector to be...

Status Nigeria: Urbanization Takes Toll on Dietary Diversity

Paul Ilona, representing Nigeria’s HarvestPlus, an organization that focuses on improving nutrition and public health through biofortification of food crops, believes that urbanization within the country has not been...
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Status Netherlands: Florist Holland and HilverdaKooij to Merge

During the first part of September, Florist Holland and HilverdaKooij, two Dutch companies that have been active flower plant breeders and propagators for more than 40 years, announced their...

Status Japan: Ministry of Environment Holds Meeting on Gene-Editing

Following the initial decision about the non-regulation of gene-editing procedures by a government panel in Japan, the Ministry of Environment holds its second meeting about the handling of gene-edited...

Status India: Promoting the Development of Quinoa and Grain Amaranth

In early September, India’s Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in cooperation with the ICAR-National Bureau of Genetic Resources organized a meeting in New Delhi. The meeting brought together 50 exerts...

Status Brazil: 20th Anniversary of GM Crops

This year marks the 20th year that Brazil has been planting GM crops. Throughout this period, what stands out are the benefits for farmers resulting from planting GM soybeans,...
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Status Rwanda: Stakeholders Ink Deal for Production of Local Hybrid Maize Seed

Three stakeholders in agriculture inked a $2.2 million deal, or 1.9 billion Rwandi francs, meant for the production of local quality hybrid maize seeds, as well as facilitating farmers...
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Status Philippines: GR2E Golden Rice Receives Green Light

The Philippine Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry green lights the conduct of public consultations on the proposed field trials for GR2E Golden Rice. The public consultation process...
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Status Nigeria: Major Breakthrough in Crop Biotechnology

Africa’s most populous country has recorded a major breakthrough in crop biotechnology following official approval and registration of two Bt cotton varieties, MRC 7377 BGII and MRC 7361 BGII. ...

Status Mexico: Mexico Critical to the Success of U.S. Grain Industry

At the beginning of July, the people of Mexico elected Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a left-of-center populist, as Mexico’s next president. “Mexico is the most important global market for...
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Status Botswana: Partial Unbundling of Seed Co Limited Proposed

The proposed partial unbundling of Seed Co Limited and the subsequent separate listing of its regional operations on the Botswana Stock Exchange will allow the company to pursue its...
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Status India: Internet of Things Irrigation System Launches

ASR Seeds, a Andhra Pradesh-based seeds company that began operations 10 years ago, will soon get into another critical area of agriculture using cutting-edge technology. The company will launch an...
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Status Columbia: First Zinc-Enriched Maize Released

Source: CIMMYT The first zinc-enriched maize variety developed for South America was released in Colombia Feb. 23 in an effort to combat malnutrition in the country. Developed using traditional breeding techniques,...