Fact Series

 

Sugarcane in Africa

The Fact Series “Sugarcane in Africa” reviews the opportunities and challenges for sugarcane production in Sub-Saharan Africa. The development of high sugar and biomass-yielding sugarcane is key for improving the value of sustainability of the sugarcane industry in Sub-Saharan Africa. To unlock sugarcane industry potential, a number of enabling conditions need to be reached vis-à-vis.
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Cotton in Africa

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Cotton represents a crucial source of income in Sub-Saharan Africa, both for rural populations and for national economies. This Fact Series describes the threats for a sustainable cotton production in Africa and discuss the adoption of Bt cotton worldwide.
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Maize in Africa

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Maize is the most-produced cereal worldwide. In Africa alone, more than 300 million people depend on maize as their main food crop. These Facts Series elaborate on processes to produce new and improved maize varieties that contribute to sustainable, environmentally friendly, and economically viable agriculture.
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Bananas: the green gold of the South

Given that bananas serve as a basic food source for 20 million people in East Africa and for 70 million people in West and Central Africa, Africa is highly dependent on banana cultivation for food, income, and job security.
These Facts Series elaborate on processes to produce new and improved banana varieties that contribute to sustainable, environmentally friendly, and economically viable agriculture.
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VIB’s Fact Series “Golden Rice”

This document discusses Golden Rice as a potential component of the broad strategy against vitamin A deficiency in developing countries. Efforts must continue to be made in combating global poverty and promoting a varied diet. But, for as long as vitamin A deficiency remains a public health problem in several countries, Golden Rice can be of added value.
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VIB’s Fact Series “Effect of genetically modified crops on the environment”

The aim of this report is to provide a nuanced response to the many concerns that exist concerning the environmental impact of GM crops. The impact, whether positive or negative, depends on the crop trait and the cultivation method, but not on the breeding technology used. Plant breeding makes it possible to develop plants that reduce the impact on the environment.
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VIB’s Fact Series “From plant to crop: The past, present and future of plant breeding”

The past, present and futureIn this VIB Facts Series issue, we outline how the crops we know today have evolved from nature, with particular emphasis on the role humans have played. We also explain how New Breeding Technologies work, how they differ from generally accepted methods, and what advantages they have over traditional breeding techniques.
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VIB’s Fact Series “Food safety of genetically modified crops”

Front cover food safetyIn this VIB Facts Series issue, we discuss current scientific understanding regarding the food safety of GM crops. Just as there are scientists who deny global warming or who disregard the effectiveness of vaccines, there will always be people, even from the scientific community, who state that GM technology in itself poses a threat to public health. However no single scientific argument can be found to doubt the safety of GM technology.
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