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$25.2m to be devoted to cassava in Africa, reports B4FA Media Fellow

December 16th, 2012

Writing in The East African,  B4FA Media Fellow Isaac Khisa reports that cassava research, breeding and production has recently received a boost in the form of a $25.2m five-year project, dubbed “Next Generation Cassava”, that is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID).

The aim of …

2013 B4FA Media Fellowship: Applications now open!

December 11th, 2012

Deadline: 31 December 2012

Following the success of the 2012 Media Fellowship, a second round of Media Fellows will be selected to participate in four-day workshops where they will gain insight into the history of plant breeding, how plant genetics work and whether plant breeding could help their country’s farmers cope …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 2 December

December 11th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 2 December 2012
Could 100 million-year-old regions DNA of a papaya or poplar tree hold clues to how specific genes are turned ‘on’ or ‘off’?  According to researchers at the University of Warwick, yes, the four species they have studied could provide clues that …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 25 November

December 4th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 25 November 2012
In what has been deemed a ‘breakthrough for food security,’ an international team of scientists has completed a ‘shotgun sequencing’ of the wheat genome, a paper published in Nature revealed. Thanks to these results and the on-going work of other scientists …

Tanzanian Media Fellow highlights role of U.S., EU in African GMO debate

December 3rd, 2012

In an article in Tanzania’s The Citizen, B4FA media fellow Polycarp Machira suggests that Africa is being drawn into a US/EU disagreement on the adoption of GMO’s in African countries.  Machira notes the importance of African policymakers and scientists deciding for themselves the most appropriate course to take, describing a recent …

Leading scientists analyse African innovation in Addis Ababa workshop

November 28th, 2012

Last week, a joint workshop “Governance of Science, Technologies and Innovation including Genetics for Farming, Biotechnologies, Nanotechnologies and Indigenous Knowledge” with the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), National Academies Sciences in Africa (NASAC), African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS), Malaysian Commonweatlh Study Centre, Cambridge, and B4FA was held at the African …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 18 November

November 27th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 18 November 2012
This week Biosciences for Farming in Africa appeared in the Ugandan newspaper, Sunrise, in an article by B4FA Media Fellow Henry Luttaya that describes the recent journalist training in genetics, bioscience and food security in Uganda.  Likewise, B4FA Media Fellow Michael …

B4FA Media Fellow: Can plant breeding help feed Uganda?

November 26th, 2012

In two recent articles, Michael J. Ssali, a journalist at Uganda’s Daily Monitor and a B4FA Media Fellow, reported on advances in plant breeding currently taking place in Uganda to improve the country’s food supply and offered farmers insight into hybrid seeds. His articles arise from a recent B4FA genetics …

B4FA Media Fellow: ‘B4FA fires up journalists with knowledge on modern plant breeding’

November 26th, 2012

Do journalists get excited about plant breeding and genetics? And does it matter to Uganda’s population? According to Henry Luttaya, a B4FA Media Fellow who writes for Sunrise in Uganda, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’ to both questions. In his recent article, ‘B4FA fires up journalists with knowledge on …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 11 November

November 19th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 11 November 2012
A new variety of cassava promises to bring higher yields to farmers in Cameroon and gives hope to other countries in Africa that also rely on cassava as a staple crop.  Moreover, in Tanzania, there was more exciting cassava news: three …