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B4FA Week in Review – 25 January 2018

January 25th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week we headline the sequencing and resequencing of genomes of 101 plants for the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). The data are intended to establish tools for informing orphan crop breeding programmes and assessing genetic diversity in African crops. In particular, informative genetic markers are useful for everything from …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 January 2018

January 18th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Biotech highlights from African agriculture this week: Kenya’s potato farmers are reported to be adopting a new practice to boost seed quality: using rooted apical cuttings as starter material for seed production, rather the traditional certified seed. The practice of taking cuttings from tissue culture, allowing them to grow roots, …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 January 2018

January 11th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Before the end of 2017, Uganda President Museveni declined to sign the long-debated National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012, asking for clarification on various items including patent rights of indigenous farmers. The bill, passed by Ugandan parliament last year, provides a regulatory framework for biotechnology research, development, and release. This …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 January 2018

January 4th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Happy new year greetings to all our readers around the world! This week we catch up with news from around the holidays, including a look forward from Food Tank highlighting 188 organizations concerned with supporting food security efforts to watch in 2018, including IFAD, the Crop Trust, the One Acre …