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B4FA Week in Review – 25 January 2016

January 25th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, the chair of the African Union Commission appointed a ten-member panel to advise the continent on use of existing and emerging technologies for economic development, including assessing ethical and safety requirements and standards. NEPAD, the African Union’s economic development programme, will work closely with the panel, to be co-chaired …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 January 2017

January 18th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Drought-plagued Southern Africa is facing a new threat: the invasion of fall armyworms, an invasive caterpillar from the Americas that’s already devastated 10 percent of farms inZambia and has spread to Zimbabwe and Malawi. The fall armyworm has destroyed tens of thousands of acres of corn fields in Southern Africa, …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 January 2016

January 11th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, we’re perusing a fascinating map of smallholder farms in developing countries that was released at the end of last year. Created by researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE), the map used household census data to map farming populations and average farm sizes across …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 January 2017

January 4th, 2017 / B4FA.org

New year’s greetings to all our readers! We ease into 2017 with a summary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP13, which ended on 17 December in Cancun, Mexico. During the conference, governments agreed on steps to promote integration of conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity across sectors, including agriculture. …