In world news this week, European Parliament is considering overturning a ban on the cultivation of GM crops. Depending which way the debate goes, writes Mark Lynas in the UK Guardian, this may herald the end of crop biotech in Europe. We’ve also included a fascinating profile on BB Singh, the plant breeder famed for improving the diets and incomes of families across Africa, Asia and South America by breeding legume crops, particularly by improving cowpea varieties.
B4FA Fellows Mohammed Kandi and Kenneth Azahan wrote in this week to report on Nigeria’s public hearing on a biosafety bill, which is reported to have been applauded by stakeholders. Leonard David Magomba reports that Tanzania has borrowed $11m to buy its farmers’ bumper maize harvest, while Lominda Afedraru offers an interview with a Ugandan farmer who describes how he makes money from growing vegetables like nakkati, amaranth and African spider flower on a large scale.
We do hope you enjoy the week’s stories. Please send questions, comments, and articles to Karen Eng ([email protected]), and thanks for reading!
Biosciences & plant genetics around the world
Here’s why we haven’t quite figured out how to feed billions more people
Inventing a GMO apple that won’t brown
Wall Street Journal
The planet needs more plant scientists
The story of cowpea (black-eyed pea) and its remarkable champion, B.B. Singh
American Society of Agronomy
Report: Does conservation agriculture work for smallholder farmers in Africa?
CGIAR research program on Climate Change and Food Security
Africa’s agriculture system: need for new approaches
Kenya: Banana canopies lead to better coffee crops
Gov’t urged to help demystify use of GMOs
GhanaWeb, by B4FA Fellow Charles Benoni Okine
Hope rises for biosafety law in Nigeria
Nigerian Pilot, by B4FA Fellow Kenneth Azahan
Senate convenes public hearing for the passage of biosafety law
People’s Daily, by B4FA Fellow Kandi Mohammed
Stakeholders applaud Biosafety Bill at Senate hearing
Titus Awokuse named to Nigerian National Agricultural Policy Committee
University of Delaware
Tanzania borrows $11m to save maize harvest
East African Business Week, by B4FA Fellow Leonard David Magomba
Gov’t urges citizens to embrace beekeeping
Kilimo bora cha mananasi kimebadiri maisha ya wanawake wa kiwangwa na fukayosi wilayani bagamoyo
Tanzania Yetu, by B4FA Fellow Lydia Mapunda
Wakiso farmers earn a living from growing green vegetables
Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru