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WAAPP-Nigeria task stakeholders on productivity

Seed companies collaborating with the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme ( WAAPP-Nigeria), have been asked to fast track the generation, dissemination and adoption of improve varieties of seeds and seedlings in the country to enhance productivity.

‘Stop seeking GMOs information from the black market’

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Nigerians have been asked to stop seeking sensitive information especially on genetically modified organisms from unscientific quarters.

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WAAPP supports agricultural research in Nigeria

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The West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) has awarded research grant to over 43 scholars from Nigeria to purse post graduate programmes in selected universities across the world.

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Scientists team up to crunch genome data to increase animal health

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that it is teaming up with a Swiss institute using computer technology to study biological data in combatting dangerous viral infections such as bird flu that strike animals but can also be transmitted to humans.

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Nigeria releases herbicide-resistant hybrid maize

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Nigeria has released her first generation of hybrid maize that is resistant to metsulfuron methyl herbicide and the noxious parasitic weed Striga hermonthica.

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Over 2 million sign petition urging African leaders to ‘Do Agric’

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As the 23rd African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit gets underway in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ONE.org’s Do Agric petition which calls on African leaders to recommit to spending at least 10 per cent of national budgets on effective agriculture investments — has gathered more than 2 million signatures of support from African citizens across the continent.

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Ghana losses 2 million Cocoa trees to diseases

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The swollen shoot disease has been identified as a major threat to cocoa production in Ghana , the Executive Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) Dr. Franklin Manu Amoah revealed this to journalists when media fellows from Bioscience for Farming in Africa (B4FA) visited the institute in Tafo, Ghana.

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Nigerian GM cowpea research on course

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Nigerian scientists from the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria have completed the first multi-locational trial of the Genetically Modified (GM) cowpea variety with yield showing resistant to Maruca and having up to seventy percent yield improvement over the conventional cowpea variety.

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FAO applauds efforts to end hunger in Africa by 2025

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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has welcomed a breakthrough commitment by African heads of state to end hunger on the continent by 2025.

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African countries analyse tools for better agriculture

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Improving the quality, availability and relevance of data on food and agriculture has become a key priority as Africa strives to develop more effective policies to tackle its persistent food security problems.

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