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Modern Agric Biotech: Lessons From Brazil For Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Newsdiaryonline

Journalists, farmers, scientists, biosafety regulators and agribusiness companies from Argentina, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda and the US gathered in Brazil in March, 2015 for the Biotechnology and Science Communication Confidence Building Project. It was meant to enable African countries learn about and improve their food security strategies …

Will Ethiopia’s teff be the next super grain?

May 1st, 2015 / BBC, UK

Ethiopians have been growing and obsessing about teff for millennia, and it may become the new “super grain” of choice in Europe and North America, overtaking the likes of quinoa and spelt. High in protein and calcium, and gluten-free, teff is already growing in popularity on the international stage. Read …

Agriculture: Increase water harvesting in Africa

May 1st, 2015 / Nature, UK

Ensuring that the world’s food needs are met by 2050 will take a doubling of global food production1. To improve agricultural yields on that scale will require a radical rethink of global water-management strategies and policies. Sub-Saharan Africa is the epicentre of this challenge. Read …

Can Plant Genetics Help Solve World Hunger? Science Says Yes

May 1st, 2015 / Forbes magazine, USA

When it comes to the earth’s dwindling resources, climbing temperatures and burgeoning population, talk is as plentiful as it is cheap. It can also be contentious. But Dr. Pamela Ronald, professor of plant pathology at University of California, Davis, doesn’t have time for controversy. She’s too busy working toward an …

Can Africa provide enough low-carbon land to meet global food needs?

May 1st, 2015 / The Global Forum on Agricultural Research

With its largely untapped land-resources for agriculture expansion, could Africa really be the world’s next low-carbon breadbasket? Africa’s croplands should be prioritized to secure enough food for the continent, and not staple exports or bioenergy needs. Read …

Deathmatch: conventional breeding vs transgenesis

May 1st, 2015 / Biology Fortified

Is traditional breeding, including mutagenesis, “better” than transgenesis? This post shall seek out the answer. Drumroll… It’s the battle of the methods, thunderdome-style!! Deathmatch: traditional breeding vs transgenesis. Two methods enter, one method leaves. Or maybe there will be a tie. Who knows? Read …

Fighting the banana bacterial wilt

April 30th, 2015 / Sunday Monitor, Uganda

They say a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. This is the long walk towards eliminating the Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, commonly known as banana bacterial wilt, which is a major threat to the crop. B4FA Fellow, Lominda Afedraru traces the spread of disease in Uganda, its impact …

Rural women playing vital roles in food security

April 30th, 2015 / Modern Ghana

Women in Ghana, and for that matter, rural women play a vital role in the attainment of food security. Through the production, processing and marketing of food crops, women are seen as the main stay of the agricultural value chain business in the country. Read …

Heat tolerant beans fight climate change

April 29th, 2015 / Farmbiz Africa

Bean breeders have discovered 30 types of ‘heat beater beans’ that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa, in the wake of fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries. Read …

B4FA Week in Review – 29 April 2015

April 29th, 2015

This week, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan finally signed the country’s National Biosafety Agency Bill into law. The new law aims to allow safe application of biotechnology to boost economic development, according to an article by B4FA Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe, and will allow Nigeria to commercialize Bt-cotton, Bt-maize and Herbicide Tolerant …