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B4FA Week in Review – 29 November 2018

November 29th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, B4FA Fellow Rosemary Mirondo reports on Tanzania’s surprise decision not only to ban all GM crop trials but also to order the Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute (TARI) – which has been conducting field trials of GE drought- and insect-resistant maize and whitefly- and virus-resistant cassava crops – to …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 November 2018

November 22nd, 2018 / B4FA.org

Ghanaian scientists, politicians and farmers are asking their president to reintroduce and approve the Plant Breeders’ Bill to help strengthen the country’s seed industry, make improved seeds available to farmers and improve food security. According to a piece in Cornell’s Alliance for Science blog, the bill was first introduced six …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 November 2018

November 15th, 2018 / B4FA.org

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Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) was set up to help African farmers unlock the continent’s huge agricultural potential. Initially we provided training to African journalists so they could communicate balanced, scientifically based information on best practice, innovation and entrepreneurship to decision makers, scientists, educators and …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 November 2018

November 8th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, 13 members of the World Trade Organization have signed a communication stating that “precision biotechnology techniques, as a whole, constitute an essential tool for agricultural innovation. Their use provides farmers with access to products that increase productivity while preserving environmental sustainability.” The signatories of the International Statement on Agricultural Applications …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 November 2018

November 1st, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, University of Ghana plant geneticist Eric Yirenkyi Danquah won the 2018 World Agriculture Prize in Nanjing, China, to recognize his founding and leadership of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI). WAACI serves as an educational center for Ghana-based plant breeders and seed scientists, working in partnership …