The GMO debate – Dr Akinwumi Adesina Vs Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour


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The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina responded to the article  written by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour about Genetically modified foods on the Ministry of Agriculture Website in the news section – Below is Dr Adewumi Adesina’s reply concerning GMO.

I read this and was shocked at the level of total misrepresentation. There is nothing correct in all this write up. I normally don’t respond to these kind of things, but feel Gbadebo should be educated on facts. First, Nigeria does not have GMOs. Second, all the seeds used by farmers in Nigeria are from conventional breeding, and we allow farmers to reuse their own seeds. Third, we support biodiversity and promote both in-situ and ex-situ gene banks for ensuring local biodiversity is conserved. Fourth, we promote sensible and responsible use of modern technologies to address complex problems of diseases and pest, climate change and malnutrition.

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Fred Swaniker: The leaders who ruined Africa, and the generation who can fix it

Before he hit eighteen, Fred Swaniker had lived in Ghana, Gambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What he learned from a childhood across Africa was that while good leaders can’t make much of a difference in societies with strong institutions, in countries with weak structures, leaders could make or break a country. In a passionate talk Swaniker looks at different generations of African leaders and imagines how to develop the leadership of the future.

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This talk begins with a personal story of sexual violence that may be difficult to listen to. But that’s the point, says citizen journalist Meera Vijayann: Speaking out on tough, taboo topics is the spark for change. Vijayann uses digital media to speak honestly about her experience of gender violence in her home country of India — and calls on others to speak out too.



Doctors Inside Emory’s Ebola Unit Speak Out


Emory University Hospital faced its share of doubters when it built its serious-communicable-disease unit more than a decade ago. At a time when the threat of infectious diseases in the U.S. seemed to have receded — replaced by worries over conditions like obesity and Type 2 diabetes — the center appeared unnecessary. But last week, when Emory got word that two Americans were infected with Ebola and would need to be evacuated from West Africa, health experts were all too glad the unit existed.

“I have to admit, a lot of people saw this as Noah’s Ark,” says Dr. Bruce Ribner, the infectious-disease specialist at Emory University Hospital leading the care of the American patients with Ebola virus. “They thought, ‘You are not going to have any activity there, you’re just wasting your time with all that.’”

Now Ribner is fielding an average of 100 emails a day from hospitals…

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