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B4FA Week in Review – 18 January 2018

January 18th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Biotech highlights from African agriculture this week: Kenya’s potato farmers are reported to be adopting a new practice to boost seed quality: using rooted apical cuttings as starter material for seed production, rather the traditional certified seed. The practice of taking cuttings from tissue culture, allowing them to grow roots, …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 January 2018

January 11th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Before the end of 2017, Uganda President Museveni declined to sign the long-debated National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012, asking for clarification on various items including patent rights of indigenous farmers. The bill, passed by Ugandan parliament last year, provides a regulatory framework for biotechnology research, development, and release. This …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 January 2018

January 4th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Happy new year greetings to all our readers around the world! This week we catch up with news from around the holidays, including a look forward from Food Tank highlighting 188 organizations concerned with supporting food security efforts to watch in 2018, including IFAD, the Crop Trust, the One Acre …

B4FA Week in Review – 21 December 2017

December 21st, 2017 / B4FA.org

The first One Planet Summit was held in Paris last week, convening leaders and stakeholders to support and accelerate global efforts to fight climate change. The Summit, led by French President Emmanuel Macron, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, aimed to “find new means of …

B4FA Week in Review – 14 December 2017

December 14th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released its latest Red List of endangered species revealing that the wild relatives of modern crops humans rely on – including rice, wheat and yam – are listed as threatened. Wild relatives of food crops are crucial as genetic insurance to safeguard …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 December 2017

December 7th, 2017 / B4FA.org

December 5th was the fourth annual World Soil Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s annual awareness-raising campaign focused on the importance of soil as a finite natural resource, calling attention to its role in food security as well as healthy ecosystems. According to the FAO, soil holds three times …

B4FA Week in Review – 30 November 2017

November 30th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, the European Union voted to end the ban on glyphosate, licensing it for a new five-year term that falls short of the original 15-year license sought by the European Health Commission. While the weed killer was declared “probably carcinogenic” by the World Heatlh Organization (WHO) in 2015, subsequent …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 November 2017

November 23rd, 2017 / B4FA.org

The COP23 global climate talks drew to a close this week, led by the small island nation of Fiji in Bonn, Germany. Along with anti-Trump protests and efforts made to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the conference was remarkable in that it represented an end of deadlock on agriculture. According …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 November 2017

November 15th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 23 (COP23) convened in Bonn, Germany, as news broke via the Global Carbon Project that carbon emissions have reached an all-time high – an assessment that foreshadows challenges for agriculture and food security. According to an …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 November 2017

November 8th, 2017 / B4FA.org

In a major breakthrough that could potentially save many lives and food waste, an international collaboration of scientists from the United States and India have found a way to inhibit aflatoxin-producing fungus in groundnuts. Aflatoxins, which are a significant threat to African food sources, are produced by Aspergillus flavus and …