I am an agricultural plant biotechnologist from Kenya, and I had the opportunity last month to attend the FAO Africa Regional Biotech Meeting in Addis Ababa. Most farmers in Africa are still skeptical of agricultural biotechnologies as a tool for food and feed production. Therefore, there is huge demand for awareness creation among farmers.
I have been involved for over 15 years in the fight to get Africa firmly and fully engaged in biotechnology. Africa Harvest, the organization I work for, subscribes to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) definition of biotechnologies as “tools and techniques that can improve agriculture and food production.” This certainly includes new DNA techniques, molecular biology, and reproductive technological applications.
Brussels - 14 December 2017 - CropLife International welcomes the joint statement from 17 governments, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Kenya, Uganda, and the United States, circulated at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires, which calls to strengthen the implementation and application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement).
The WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development is pleased to announce the launching of the Global Nutrition Monitoring Framework country profiles for 194 countries, available here.