- Created on Thursday, 15 November 2012 05:38
GIVE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY A CHANCE!
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.
Addressing an AfricaBio business breakfast in Centurion recently, he said Food shortage and droughts are growing problems in Africa and for Africa to be able to effectively address its food crisis issues it needs enabling policies that will give science and technology advancement a chance. Other important tools to put in place include human and institutionalcapacity building and public private partnership. Appropriate regulatory systems are essential in meeting critical needs for food and nutritional security in Africa.
SOWETO FARMERS BENEFIT FROM GM MAIZE
The 2010/11 season was the thirteenth season in which GM product have been cultivated in South Africa. AfricaBio has been planting Bt Maize demonstration sites in various South African Provinces every season since the 2003/2004 planting season.
NIGERIA BIOSAFETY BILL PASSED
On the 1st of June 2011, the Nigerian senate passed the country's Biosafety bill. This is a much awaited milestone in the Nigerian Biotech history. The protracted deliberations on the bill finally came to a positive conclusion after several years of stakeholder debate and discussions.