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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 …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 November 2017

November 1st, 2017 / B4FA.org

A focus on cassava this week, as scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur, St. Louis, Missouri are using CRISPR to develop cassava plants that are resistant to the whitefly-borne viruses that wreak havoc on East African crops. The team are now conducting field trials of GM cassava …

B4FA – Week in Review 25 October 2017

October 25th, 2017 / B4FA.org

The theme of World Food Day 2017 focused on addressing migration through investing in food security and rural development. At the global ceremony the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters HH Pope Francis called for governments around the world to collaborate to make migration a safer and voluntary choice, …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 October 2017

October 18th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week has seen the publication of the 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) which charts progress in reducing hunger around the world. Advances have been uneven, with millions still experiencing chronic hunger and many places suffering acute food crises. According to the 2017 GHI, of the 119 countries assessed, in …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 October 2017

October 11th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Big news this week as Uganda’s Parliament finally passes its long-debated biotechnology safety bill, the Uganda’s National Biosafety Act (formerly the Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012). The law has been under discussion since 2012 and lays out guidelines for the commercialization and transport of GMOS for import and export.  According …