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Can Tanzania’s ‘Kilimo Kwanza’ agricultural slogan become reality?

April 22nd, 2013

During the Tanzanian launch of B4FA’s new book Insights: Africa’s future – can biosciences contribute?, eminent scientists and policymakers gathered alongside over 50 journalists in Arusha, Tanzania on 16 April to discuss the implications of biosciences and agricultural technologies for Tanzania’s society and economy.
Arusha’s District Commissioner John Mongella noted, “In view …

Ugandan and Tanzanian journalists embark on scientific journey with B4FA

April 22nd, 2013

Over 50 journalists gathered in Kampala (Uganda) and Arusha (Tanzania) to deepen their knowledge of science journalism and plant genetics as new B4FA Media Fellows.  They were joined by scientists and journalists who served as mentors, while returning B4FA Media Fellows from last year’s courses also shared their knowledge and …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 8 April

April 16th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
16 April 2013
It has been yet another interesting week for bioscience in Africa, including many articles from our Fellows. We’ve also held a second Media Fellow course in Uganda – it was wonderful to see both familiar and new faces and to launch our book …

Dutch university awards fellowship to Media Fellow Samuel Hinneh (Ghana)

April 16th, 2013

From April until June, Samuel Hinneh, a B4FA Media Fellow from Ghana, will have the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of international journalism and communications in Ede, Netherlands.  The course, “International Corporate Communication” takes place at the Christian University of Applied Sciences (CHE).

Through his fellowship, he will explore business ethics/sustainability & communication, international journalism, …

B4FA book stirs discussion as MPs review Ugandan biosafety bill

April 15th, 2013

As Ugandan MPs continue to discuss and review the Ugandan National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, journalists, politicians and scientists gathered at the launch of B4FA’s recent book, Insights: Africa’s future – can biosciences contribute? in Kampala, Uganda to discuss the future of Ugandan science and innovation for agriculture.

Among a number of guests …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 1 April

April 10th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
10 April 2013
This week was marked by some very interesting articles by our fellows. B4FA Media Fellow Kate Obande conducted an interview with Mr Salisy Abubakar, a researcher who believes mango and wild banana seeds are potential sources of industrial starch, while Edith Nwapi highlights …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 25 March

April 4th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
02 April 2013
This week African science was in the spotlight at the BBC Africa Science Festival, organised by the University of Makerere in Kampala, Uganda. This included a BBC video report on Uganda’s genetically modified ‘golden bananas’ that include pro-vitamin A to improve nutrition and decrease cases of …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 18 March

April 4th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
26 March 2013
This past week B4FA held its second Media Fellow course which included alumni from the first course held in autumn 2012.  Over twenty journalists joined us in Abuja to hear fascinating presentations about the latest developments in plant genetics and to take part …

B4FA Nigerian book launch: “We need technology to improve food security”

March 26th, 2013

On 20 March, B4FA held the Nigerian launch of its new book, Insights: Africa’s future … Can biosciences contribute? According to several Nigerian leaders, the book is a welcome call for an open discussion of science, technology and agriculture.
“This is a subject dear to my heart. … I went to the web …

Will it help Nigeria’s farmers? Media Fellows examine plant genetics

March 25th, 2013

Over twenty Nigerian journalists gathered in Abuja from 18-21 March to gain insight into plant genetics and its relevance for Nigerian farmers. The latest group of Media Fellows were joined by B4FA alumni as well as mentors, who included Nigerian, British and American scientists and journalists.
Jamila Hamisu Mai Iyali of Freedom …