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B4FA Week in Review – 27 September 2017

September 27th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Two reports this week lead the news. The first, a report by Biodiversity International that states Earth’s sixth mass extinction of global wildlife is under way – and posing a serious threat to global food supplies. “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food …

B4FA Week in Review – 20 September 2017

September 20th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Cassava-disease breakthroughs dominate the news this week. A team of African and American scientists have identified genetic markers of resistance to cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic disease (CMD) in East African cassava varieties Namikonga and Albert. The scientists crossed the two varieties via hand pollination, and the …

B4FA Week in Review – 13 September 2017

September 13th, 2017 / B4FA.org

The week saw a stream of news coming out of the 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) meeting that recently concluded in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Stories included a speech by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who stressed the need for accelerated agricultural progress in order to keep African people safe from …

B4FA Week in Review – 6 September 2017

September 6th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Ahead of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) taking place this week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina announced a plan to accelerate the development of the African Green Revolution through its Feed Africa Strategy by investing of $24 billion over the next 10 years. ““At AGRF …

B4FA Week in Review – 30 August 2017

September 1st, 2017 / B4FA

In a week when we have seen the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and beyond, climate change is also a theme in articles concerned with agriculture in Africa. A new study published in the Proceedings of the (United States) National Academy of Sciences has quantified the amount of …