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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 …

B4FA Week in Review – 27 May 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 …

Adoption And Uptake Pathways of GM/Biotech Crops By Small-Scale, Resource-Poor Asian Farmers

May 27th, 2014

Dr Mariechel Navarro, Director, ISAAA Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, provides the latest information about her project which seeks to better understand the small-scale, resource-poor Asian farmers that adopt GM/biotech crops.
Learn more about this …

Assessing Barriers to GM Food Crop Production and Innovation in China, India and East Africa

May 27th, 2014

Dr Carl Pray of Rutgers University provides an update on his research in China, India and East Africa regarding the barriers to GM crop adoption.
Learn more about Dr Pray’s …

Genetically Modified Crops In Africa: Current State And Future Potential

May 27th, 2014

Prof Edward Mabaya seeks to “develop a systematic understanding of the current state and future potential of GM crops in Africa in a way that informs public policy and private strategy.” Will African countries overcome the barriers to GM crop adoption?
Learn more about Prof Mabaya’s …

Assessing and Communicating the Risks and Benefits of GM Cassava in Kenya

May 27th, 2014

Dr Harvey James, University of Missouri, provides an update on his research on genetically modified cassava in Kenya.  What are the intended and potential unintended consequences of introducing GM cassava in Kenya? How can risks and benefits of introducing GM cassava be communicated to smallholders and other affected stakeholders?
For more …