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B4FA Week in Review – 16 September 2014

September 16th, 2014

Welcome to this week’s B4FA Week in Review. Our global stories include the exciting news that the coffee genome has been sequenced for the first time – opening the door to better breeding practices and genetic engineering. Also big news: the report on the world’s first human trial of the Vitamin A super-banana is now available …

B4FA Week in Review – 9 September 2014

September 9th, 2014

Today, our weekly roundup takes us around the globe, stopping in on Vietnam, which has recently granted licenses for GM corn; Brazil, where fast-growing transgenic eucalyptus trees are being considered; and a report from the University of Durham examining how governance and regulation of GM crops in the ‘rising powers’ …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 September 2014

September 2nd, 2014

Leading this week in bioscience news, the claim that there’s little independent research on GMO safety is being challenged with the launch of the GENetic Engineering Risk Atlas (GENERA) – a searchable public database of peer-reviewed scientific studies on the relative risks of GE crops. It demonstrates that independent, peer-reviewed GMO research …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 August 2014

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 …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 August 2014

August 20th, 2014

This week’s crop of articles in B4FA Week in Review features an article by B4FA Nigeria Fellow Ojoma Akor, who writes about how Ghana’s Cocoa Research Institute is working to keep disease and pests under control, an infographic from the Genetic Literacy Project on how GMOs can help with diseases that …

B4FA Week in Review – 12 August 2014

August 12th, 2014

Welcome back to the B4FA Week in Review after a three-week break! We’re back with a wide-ranging array of thought-provoking articles, including a Global Food Security piece about how young agricultural entrepreneurs in Africa may make the most of the continent’s opportunities, news of a $7 billion African agricultural initiative …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 July 2014

July 28th, 2014

Please see below an array of fascinating articles, including a site tracing the “Journey of a gene”, a new study from the National Academies on genetic engineering and news articles highlighting news around plant breeding and genetic modification – including mosquitoes.
The Nigerian and Ugandan B4FA Media Fellows have provided updates …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 July 2014

July 8th, 2014

Please find below a number of interesting articles on bioscience in Africa, including stories on Nigeria’s first generation of herbicide resistant hybrids and the Nigerian Agriculture Minister’s attempts to address misinformation on GM crops.
In our Uganda section, you’ll find several compelling articles, including new rice research and collaboration between Ugandan …

B4FA Week in Review – 24 June 2014

June 24th, 2014

Over the past two weeks, a number of compelling articles have been written on bioscience in B4FA’s four focus countries. Perhaps most discussed is the plans for Vitamin A enriched biotech bananas to undergo human trials in the United States. These trials aim to show whether the bananas combat Vitamin A deficiency. …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 June 2014

June 11th, 2014

READ: Be sure to read our latest Viewpoint essays on bioscience and genetics:
“Genetically modified crops: how long before Africa sees its share of the gains?“, by Graham Brookes
“Knowledge sharing and the role of farmers”, by Marichel J. Navarro and Randy A. Hautea
“Better seeds, better yields”, Tinashe Chiurugwe and Sean Butler
“Why I changed my mind about …