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Keeping pace with food demands

South Africa is a food-secure country, but nearly a quarter of its population (over 50 million) are food-insecure at a household level.


Another year of consistent and positive GM crop impacts

Crop biotechnology continues to provide substantial economic and environmental benefits, and allow farmers, especially those in developing countries to grow more, using fewer resources.

AfricaBio - In African Union


AfricaBio - In African Union.pdf

The provision of safe, healthy and adequate food is one of the most pressing challenges of our time, not to mention the effects of climate change on agriculture. Africa can harness the growing science of agricultural biotechnology to boost food security.

Agriculture is the backbone of economic development for most African countries. It accounts 25 to 30 per cent of their GDPs. More that 70 per cent of the continental population lives in rural areas and depends on agriculture for its livelihood. However, Africa has underperformed in agricultural productivity over the last three decades. For example, cereal yields have stagnated at around 1 ton per hectare compared to averages of 2.5 – 3 tons per hectare in Asia.

AfricaBio - In African Union.pdf

A Good Story to Tell

Plant biotechnology is playing a significant role in helping small-scale farmers improve their incomes

GMO Insight Volume 2

GMO Insight Volume 2.pdf

Gauteng Premier opens international biotechnology conference in Johannesburg

Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane recently opened the 9th Agricultural biotechnology international conference (ABIC 2011) at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg. The Conference was held at the convention center from 6 - 9 September 2011. In her opening remarks she said biotechnology was a transformative technology entrenched in sustainable development to create better living conditions, while contributing to environment conservation.

The socio-economic impacts of currently commercialised genetically engineered crops

A substantial and growing body of literature now exists on the socio-economic impacts of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

GMO Insight

GMO Insight Volume 2.pdf


Africa has not benefitted from the advent of science and technology as the rest of the world, said Prof Gebisa Ejeta, recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize; and a national medal of honor from the President of Ethiopia.

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