ABNE in Africa 2019: Towards Building Functional Biosafety Systems in Africa

African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) is a project of the African Union Development Agency NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD), established to support African Member states in their efforts to build biosafety regulatory systems to harness science, technology and innovations opportunities for agricultural and economic development in Africa. In this report, ABNE highlights progress made in the biosafety sector in Africa at national and continental levels. With the support of AUDA-NEPAD ABNE and partners, significant progress was made in countries like eSwatini, Ethiopia and Nigeria with the commercial release of Bt cotton. Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Mozambique are also making significant progress towards the cultivation of GM food crops, especially maize. Get the full publication here.

2018 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition

This joint report by the Regional Office for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) was launched in February 2019 in Addis Ababa. It shows that more people continue to suffer from undernourishment in Africa than in any other region – evidence suggests that in 2017, 20 percent of the African population was undernourished. Hunger in Africa continues to rise after many years of decline, threatening the continent’s hunger eradication efforts to meet the Malabo Goals 2025 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2). The report highlights the need for increased data collection, monitoring and implementation of climate smart agriculture practices.  Get the full publication here