Congratulations to Global Farmer Network member Nyasha Mudukuti from Zimbabwe for her?commentary in The Wall Street Journal!

We May Starve, but at Least We’ll Be GMO-Free?appeared online Mar 10 and in the Mar 11 print edition.

Nyasha participated in the 2014 Global Farmer Roundtable and it was instantly clear the incredible passion and determination she felt for studying and advancing agriculture in order to help her family and fellow farmers in Zimbabwe. ?Her family farms and she is currently also a student at Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe and the AGCO Africa Ambassador 2016.

Nyasha has inserted her voice in a powerful way in an area she knows first hand, and literally from the ground up as a small-scale farmer. ?Not only is she speaking authoritatively about agricultural biotechnology that’s currently a hot button issue globally, but she is also doing so from inside an authoritarian nation. ?Her courage is without question.

Congratulations again to Nyasha and we look forward to hearing more from her in the future.


The Economist magazine also has a couple of interesting paralleling pieces related to African agriculture in their current [मार्च 12 print] संस्करण:

Miracle growAfter many wasted years, African agriculture is improving quickly. ?Here is how to keep that trend going

A green revolutionThe farms of Africa are prospering at last thanks to persistence, technology and decent government

हमेशा की तरह, there is quite of bit going on in the world regarding agricultural and trade issues. ?It’s possible according to news sources that the US Senate may take up Sen. Roberts GMO labeling bill next week, so all eyes will be out watching progress on that front. ?भी, below is some other recent news of interest, including a link to a compilation of information on what the US Presidential candidates have said on trade issues


संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका आज, EditorialGMO labels feed fears: Our view (मार्च 10)

These days, हालांकि, scientific?evidence can easily fall victim to?scary warnings based on emotion but devoid of fact.

Forbes.comThe USDA ‘OrganicLabel Misleads And Rips Off ConsumersBy Henry I. Miller and John J. Cohrssen (मार्च 7)

यूएसडीए?s organic seal is an endorsement that ?nudges? consumers toward irrationality?the purchase of?organic products?at markedly inflated prices and without evidence of palpable benefits.

Delta Farm Press‘Follow the moneywhen environmental activist groups come callingBy Forrest Laws (मार्च 9)

?Pathological science is the generation of headlines meant to scare and intimidate people and change people?s purchasing habits,? says Hayes. ?We see it a lot in agriculture with headlines like ?This crop can cause cancer? या ?This crop may hurt your family in this way.?



रायटर -?Philippines signs new GMO rules, food industry relieved (मार्च 7)

The Philippines has approved a new set of rules on genetically modified organisms after a top court demanded an overhaul of previous regulations, providing relief to farmers and importers worried that any delay would spark a food crisis.

ISAAA Crop Biotech UpdateMalawi approves confined field trials of transgenic bananas (मार्च 9)

रायटरIndia cuts Monsanto cotton seed royalties despite threat to quit (मार्च 9)

India cut the royalties paid by local firms for Monsanto’s genetically modified cotton seeds by nearly 70 percent on Wednesday, ignoring a threat by the world’s biggest seed company to leave if it did.

ज़मीन (ऑस्ट्रेलिया) – Film maker warns of anti-GM threatBy Mal Gill (मार्च 9)

The anti-genetically modifiednon-science movementis the biggest threat to agriculture being able to feed a future world and it is time its claims were countered.

SciDevNetBioscience key to solving agricultural challengesBy Gilbert Nakweya (3 मार्च)



Council for Foreign RelationsCampaign 2016, Issue Summary on Trade. ?Candidate Perspectives on trade issues for the 2016 Republican and Democratic U.S. Presidential candidates can be found here, and it’s been compiled in a brief and concise formatयहाँ क्लिक करें.

विश्व व्यापार संगठनWTO Members look at way forward in agriculture talks (मार्च 8)

WTO members considered the way forward in agriculture talks at the first informal meeting of agriculture negotiations after the WTO Nairobi Ministerial Conference on 8 मार्च. Members identified a broad set of issues for their continuing negotiations and stressed the central role of agriculture in development.



AAAS, Public Release -?Drug-resistant genes spread through environment, not meat products (मार्च 8)

First study to track antibiotic resistance in beef production, published in eLife, suggests researchers and policy-makers need to switch focus to combat drug-resistant bugs