Does Kenya need GM crops as it battles famine in the Horn of Africa?

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In the midst of a dire need to feed millions of people facing hunger because of drought, Kenya’s newly passed Biosafety Act allows for the importation of GM crops – but at what cost? There has been a really long-term, ongoing push by Monsanto and USAID to get GM approved in Kenya As the most…


Africa to exploit palm oil potential – at last

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Africa, which gave the world the oil palm, may at last be about to make significant money out of the $50bn market – especially if the potential for a wave of Chinese investment is fulfilled. West Africa alone has, in the last three years, attracted pledges of some $6bn from foreign giants such as Sime…


Small seed packets could play big role in Africa’s battle against drought

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If more small farmers in Africa’s drought-prone regions grew improved varieties of dryland crops, their communities would be better prepared for prolonged dry spells and scarce rain As the world considers long-term solutions to mitigate the impact of the next drought, drought-resistant crops are often mentioned as part of the solution. The concept has been…


Vietnam rice exports to Africa increase strongly

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HCMC – Vietnam’s rice exports to some African countries grew strongly last month but exports to ASEAN countries fell significantly. Vietnam rice exports to Africa increase strongly By Pham Thai – The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – Vietnam’s rice exports to some African countries grew strongly last month but exports to ASEAN countries fell significantly.…


Rice Export to Africa: Not on Direct Track

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The Vietnam Food Association (VFA) says that Africa in general and West and Central Africa in particular have been important rice export markets for Vietnam in recent years. Rice shipments to these markets account for a quarter of Vietnam’s rice exported to Africa. However, there is a paradox that most of Vietnamese rice export is…


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