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May 21, 2015

The Monsanto Europe-Africa blog is one year old

May 18, 2015

Contributing to Niger's national agriculture agenda

May 17, 2015

Releasing the analysis and recommendations on the Draft Malawi National Seed Policy and Strategies 2014

May 15, 2015

New film traces Cary Fowler’s quest to build the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Science)

May 14, 2015

A solution to the controversy on plant variety protection in Africa - African countries can establish a plant variety protection system that supports commercial seed systems without negatively affecting smallholder farmers (Nature Biotechnology)

May 10, 2015

The seed treatment industry is massive, but lacks future-proofed solution diversity and technology enablers (Lux Populi)

May 6, 2015

With Feed the Future support, grain legumes boost nutrition

April 27, 2015

Improved seeds could help Africa feed itself (Voice of America)

April 23, 2015

New index to develop seed sector reveals challenges (SciDev.Net)

Get up, stand up for World Intellectual Property Day - 26 April 2015

April 22, 2015

United Nations urged to demand free access to crop data (SciDev.Net)

April 21, 2015

Plant Wars Episode I: The fungal menace

Feeding a growing population - How science is helping improve cowpea yields in Africa

April 20, 2015

Voices and Views: Why Biotech? (ISAAA)

Thor Hansen's book "The Triumph of Seeds: How grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, and pips conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history" - Our huge debt to tiny marvels (NewScientist)

Healthy soils are the foundation of food production - Global Soil Week opens with emphasis on soils for development

April 17, 2015

Voices and Views: Why Biotech?  

April 16, 2015

Nairobi ABBC-2015 Declaration: Lift ban on GMO imports in Kenya

April 15, 2015

International standard proposed for plant breeders' rights

2050: Water supplies to dwindle in parts of the world, threatening food security and livelihoods - Better policies and more investments needed, including adaptation of agriculture to climate change

April 13, 2015

Expo Milano 2015: European Commission launches scientific debate on how to feed the planet
Expo Milano 2015: Den Planeten ernähren – Europäische Kommission eröffnet wissenschaftliche Debatte
Expo Milano 2015: la Commissione europea promuove il dibattito scientifico su come nutrire il pianeta

April 10, 2015

Why grow Bt cotton? A farmer in Burkina Faso shares his own experience

Global agencies call for urgent action to avoid irreversible groundwater depletion

April 9, 2015

Zimbabwe - Policy framework for indigenous seed production crucial (AllAfrica)

April 8, 2015

Uganda - Government ready to improve the quality of seed (New Vision)

April 6, 2015

Investing in rice marketing could increase the production of the crop in African countries (SciDev.Net)

April 3, 2015

Interrelations between plant treaty, UPOV, WIPO, farmers’ rights – Do they equate? (Intellectual Property Watch)

April 2, 2015

Food for thought from this year’s Forum of the Future of Agriculture

March 26, 2015

Zimbabwe - Government urged recognises the rights of smallholder farmers to save, use and freely exchange indigenous seed varieties (The Herald)

Bean breakthrough bodes well for climate change challenge (The Guardian)


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How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History

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