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B4FA Week in Review – 31 May 2018

May 31st, 2018 / B4FA.org

Last week, we heard about the discovery of a second armyworm invasion in West Africa. This week, there’s hope on the horizon as we learn that 228 applications were received by the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, recently launched by Nesta, Feed the Future, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), …

B4FA Week in Review – 24 May 2018

May 24th, 2018 / B4FA.org

BREAKING NEWS: A new species of armyworm, Spodoptera eridania, has been positively identified this week in West and Central Africa. According to a press release by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), “[P]reliminary data show that the species is present in at least four countries in West and Central Africa, …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 May 2018

May 17th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, at the meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) released a report on how African agriculture may be harnessed for the continent’s economic growth. The report assesses the states of African agriculture and suggests increased productivity …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 May 2018

May 10th, 2018 / B4FA.org

From May 2-4, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) in Rome, where experts met to discuss the latest data on the state of soil pollution and its effects on food security, environment and human health. At the meeting, the FAO released a …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 May 2018

May 3rd, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week in Libreville, Gabon, more than 100 African agriculturalists met to discuss lessons learned from inaugural Biennial Review (BR) Report on the implementation of the 2014 Malabo Declaration – an agreement to track progress on agricultural goals for the continent every two years starting in 2018, endorsed by African …