The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is planning to privatise seed systems in Africa: On 23 March, the Foundation held a “secret” meeting at its London headquarters with USAID, the United States Agency for International Development to discuss the details.
Professor Zeyaur Kahn from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, icipe, in Kenya has been awarded with the Louis Malassis Prize for his Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development. The award was presented by the Agropolis Foundation at the 3rd Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture in the French city Montpellier.
The international community wants to improve food security in case of natural disasters with preventative measures.
The United States, as the largest producer of GM seeds, is looking for new markets and has its eye on Africa. In many African countries, the growing of GM crops is not regulated and so it is not surprising that large US agrochemical corporations such as Monsanto are strong supporters of steps to authorise the use of genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs) in these countries.
Trees are a vital resource for rural populations in the Kaliro District of Uganda. Wood is used for cooking, house building and it provides an essential source of income. Finally, we should not forget that the environment and biodiversity are dependent upon healthy tree populations.