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Agricultural Biotechnology Network in Africa (ABNETA)
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We believe that the responsible use of biotechnologies, in combination with conventional plant breeding, can contribute to the food security of Africa. However, informed decisions about their use must be left to individual countries. GM is one important biotechnology, but other non-GM biotechnologies include Tissue Culture, Marker Assisted Selection, Diagnostics. The Agricultural Biotechnology Network in Africa (ABNETA) is made up of people from across Africa who want to discuss, support, develop or use biotechnology in support of agriculture on the continent.

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Finally Genetically Engineered Cassava Enters Field Trials

Plant biotechnologists at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute are in the early stages of developing genetically modified cassava. However, one of Africa’s two largest cassava producers Nigeria –followed by DR Congo- is the major centre of focus with its GM cassava project. The ambitious attempt to bioengineer cassava into a “complete meal” took a step forward with the approval of field trials by Nigeria’s National Biosafety Committee.
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Ethiopian Parliament Okays Biosafety Law

The Ethiopian Parliament has approved a new biosafety bill, according to a report by the Ethiopian Review. The legislation, drafted by the Federal Environmental Protection Authority (FEPA), "contains various regulations aimed at protecting human and animal health, and biological diversity."

Teweldeberhan Gebregziabhere, FEPA head, said that the bill is "based on the international biosafety law, with local characteristics."

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Seed Industry and Biotechnology

The African-Egyptian Forum in Agriculture "Seed Industry and Biotechnology" Cairo – Egypt July 24-26, 2011

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Egyptian-Africa Forum For Seed Industry And Agricultural Biotechnology

Vision: To Discuss The Current constrains And The Future Vision For The Agricultural Sector in Africa

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Ethiopian Parliament Okays Biosafety Law

The Ethiopian Parliament has approved a new biosafety bill, according to a report by the Ethiopian Review.

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FAO: Better Seeds Can Help Benin Become Self-Sufficient in Rice

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started a US$500,000 project in Benin that aims to help the West African nation reach its goal of being fully self-sufficient in rice by the end of the decade.

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