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B4FA Week in Review – 30 November 2016

November 30th, 2016 / B4FA.org

At COP22, agriculture finally got the floor time it deserved as one of the world’s major sources of greenhouse gas, and as an industry with possibly the most at stake as the world’s climate changes. The International Institute for Sustainable Development subsequently published a report titled “COP 22 Agriculture and …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 Nov 2016

November 23rd, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, a paper published in Science is making headlines as a potential big breakthrough in crop biotechnology. “Plant biologists seeking improved photosynthesis—and, ultimately, more bountiful crops—have cleverly manipulated plants to adjust more quickly to shade,” reports Science magazine. “Genetically engineered into tobacco plants, the faster response yielded up to a 20% increase in …

B4FA Week in Review – 16 November 2016

November 16th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, as world is reeling from the US presidential election results, it’s too early yet to tell how a Trump presidency will affect African economy and development. However, a couple of articles have already emerged, asking whether Trump will upend bipartisan consensus on U.S. Africa policy? (AllAfrica) and what …

B4FA Week in Review – 9 November 2016

November 9th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Somewhat eclipsed by the United States presidential election this week, COP22 – the UNFCCC Marrakech Climate Conference – kicked off in Morocco on 7 November and will carry on until the 18th of the month, and is the first COP since the Paris Agreement went into force on 4 November. According to the Guardian, …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 November 2016

November 2nd, 2016 / B4FA.org

On 29 October, the New York Times published “Doubts about the promised bounty of GM crops”, a critique of GM that has prompted a flurry of responses from the scientific community. These include, thus far, plant scientist Andrew Kniss’s “Strawmen and selective statistics: Did the New York Times botch its critique of GMO crops?” …