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B4FA Week in Review – 6 December 2018

December 6th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, the Ugandan parliament finally passed a bill that will facilitate biotechnological development in the country. Formerly known as the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, the bill is now named the Genetic Engineering Regulatory Bill 2018 at the request of Uganda’s President Museveni. The president had previously declined to approve the bill …

B4FA Week in Review – 29 November 2018

November 29th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, B4FA Fellow Rosemary Mirondo reports on Tanzania’s surprise decision not only to ban all GM crop trials but also to order the Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute (TARI) – which has been conducting field trials of GE drought- and insect-resistant maize and whitefly- and virus-resistant cassava crops – to …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 November 2018

November 22nd, 2018 / B4FA.org

Ghanaian scientists, politicians and farmers are asking their president to reintroduce and approve the Plant Breeders’ Bill to help strengthen the country’s seed industry, make improved seeds available to farmers and improve food security. According to a piece in Cornell’s Alliance for Science blog, the bill was first introduced six …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 November 2018

November 15th, 2018 / B4FA.org

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Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) was set up to help African farmers unlock the continent’s huge agricultural potential. Initially we provided training to African journalists so they could communicate balanced, scientifically based information on best practice, innovation and entrepreneurship to decision makers, scientists, educators and …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 November 2018

November 8th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, 13 members of the World Trade Organization have signed a communication stating that “precision biotechnology techniques, as a whole, constitute an essential tool for agricultural innovation. Their use provides farmers with access to products that increase productivity while preserving environmental sustainability.” The signatories of the International Statement on Agricultural Applications …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 November 2018

November 1st, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, University of Ghana plant geneticist Eric Yirenkyi Danquah won the 2018 World Agriculture Prize in Nanjing, China, to recognize his founding and leadership of the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI). WAACI serves as an educational center for Ghana-based plant breeders and seed scientists, working in partnership …

B4FA Week in Review – 25 October 2018

October 25th, 2018 / B4FA.org

In mid-October, the African Development Bank (AfDB) convened a gathering of agricultural experts and stakeholders in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the spread of the Fall armyworm in East Africa. In addition to representatives from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, the Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, the Food and Agriculture …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 October 2018

October 18th, 2018 / B4FA.org

The 16th of October marked this year’s World Food Day, the 73rd anniversary of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s founding, and its annual celebration focusing global attention on the issue of food security, calling on all nations to take action to end hunger. Its theme in 2018: “Our actions are our …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 October 2018

October 11th, 2018 / B4FA.org

As B4FA went to press this week, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report issuing a stark warning: that the world’s governments have only 12 years to implement changes to energy, food and transport systems that will prevent more than a 1.5 ºC rise in global …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 October 2018

October 4th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, for the first time, scientists from Brazil, the US and Germany used CRISPR-Cas9 to create a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation. Using a relative of the wild tomato from South America as the parent plant species, the researchers modified it so that the following plants …