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August 26th, 2014

This week, a feature article about Indian environmental activist Vendana Shiva in The New Yorker magazine catalyzed discussion and debate about GMOs. Meanwhile, the B4FA Week in Review is back with a whole host of stories by B4FA Fellows, including Adelaide Arthur, whose video explores community technology transfer in South Africa; Magdalene Ukuedojor on Uganda’s discussion of GMO possibilities for improved agriculture; Michael Ssali on the case for GMOs in Uganda; videos by Noah Nash on biotech education in schools and fertilizer subsidies in Ghana – and many more.

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Biosciences and Plant Genetics

Seeds of Doubt: Vendana Shiva’s controversial crusade against genetically modified crops
The New Yorker

Interview: EU GM acceptance should be based on ‘science not politics’ 
AgraNet

How the private sector can catalyze innovations for feeding Africa
DevEx

Positives for science after US-Africa summit
SciDev

Research is ‘no panacea’ for development, finds DFID
SciDev

Dawn of a new era in rice improvement
International Rice Research Institute

New fertilizer application technology triples yields
Farm Biz Africa

Good crop, bad crop: on Kenya’s ban on imports of genetically modified crops
All Africa

VIDEO: ‘Community of Practice’ Technology transfer in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
by B4FA Fellow Adelaide Arthur

Ghana

Ghana should be cautiously optimistic of biotech in agric production
DevelopmentArena blogpost by B4FA Fellow Kofi Adu Domfeh

Ghanaian scientists make progress with GM rice trials
DevelopmentArena blogpost by B4FA Fellow Kofi Adu Domfeh

VIDEO Ghana: Let’s simplify biotechnology ideas in schools to improve science communication
by B4FA Fellow Noah Nash

VIDEO Ghana: ‘We can’t implement fertilizer subsidy for 2014,’ says Boakye Acheampong
by B4FA Fellow Noah Nash

Nigeria

Nigeria: Bio-safety law will give scientists backing to practise, says DG, NABDA
People’s Daily, by B4FA Fellow Mohammed Kandi

Nigeria: Why scientists crave biosafety law
Nigeria News World, by B4FA Fellow Kenneth Azahan

Tanzania

Listen: IFAD irrigation projects help farmers in rural Tanzania
United Nations Radio

Uganda

The good and bad of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
New Vision

The case for GMOs in Uganda
New African Magazine, p.44, by B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali

Efforts underway to boost finger millet production in Uganda
Farm Biz Africa

Uganda: Stocking cassava for the future
Daily Monitor, by B4FA Fellow Lominda Afedraru

Uganda discussing GMO possibilities for improved agriculture
Scan News Nigeria, by B4FA Fellow Magdalene Ukuedojor

Featured photo: “GMO rice” by Kofi Adu Domfeh/DevelopmentArena