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B4FA Week in Review – 25 October 2018

October 25th, 2018 / B4FA.org

In mid-October, the African Development Bank (AfDB) convened a gathering of agricultural experts and stakeholders in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the spread of the Fall armyworm in East Africa. In addition to representatives from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, the Food and Agriculture …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 October 2018

October 18th, 2018 / B4FA.org

The 16th of October marked this year’s World Food Day, the 73rd anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s founding, and its annual celebration focusing global attention on the issue of food security, calling on all nations to take action to end hunger. Its theme in 2018: “Our actions are our …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 October 2018

October 11th, 2018 / B4FA.org

As B4FA went to press this week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report issuing a stark warning: that the world’s governments have only 12 years to implement changes to energy, food and transport systems that will prevent more than a 1.5 ºC rise in global …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 October 2018

October 4th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, for the first time, scientists from Brazil, the US and Germany used CRISPR-Cas9 to create a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation. Using a relative of the wild tomato from South America as the parent plant species, the researchers modified it so that the following plants …