Growing Better Rice for a Hungry World
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with Good Magazine, produced an infographic that illustrates the benefits of rice that is genetically engineered to stand up against environmental and soil stresses. The global demand for rice is growing, and these crop innovations - such as drought- and salt-tolerant rice - can help African and Asian rice farmers achieve higher yields despite changing weather patterns.
Check out the infographic below (click for a larger image):
Drought-tolerant corn becomes closer to commercialization
According to the Des Moines Register, Monsanto Co. is closer to launching a new variety of corn seed that is genetically engineered to tolerate drought. The drought-tolerant crop could be a game-changer for farmers across the world, especially smallholder African farmers, many of whom have faced drought conditions that have severely impacted yield. Philip Brasher writes in the article that the seed is supposed to be provided royalty-free to poor Africans when commercialized. Read more.