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B4FA Week in Review – 20 September 2017

September 20th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Cassava-disease breakthroughs dominate the news this week. A team of African and American scientists have identified genetic markers of resistance to cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic disease (CMD) in East African cassava varieties Namikonga and Albert. The scientists crossed the two varieties via hand pollination, and the …

B4FA Week in Review – 13 September 2017

September 13th, 2017 / B4FA.org

The week saw a stream of news coming out of the 7th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) meeting that recently concluded in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Stories included a speech by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who stressed the need for accelerated agricultural progress in order to keep African people safe from …

B4FA Week in Review – 6 September 2017

September 6th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Ahead of the 2017 African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) taking place this week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina announced a plan to accelerate the development of the African Green Revolution through its Feed Africa Strategy by investing of $24 billion over the next 10 years. ““At AGRF …

B4FA Week in Review – 30 August 2017

September 1st, 2017 / B4FA

In a week when we have seen the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and beyond, climate change is also a theme in articles concerned with agriculture in Africa. A new study published in the Proceedings of the (United States) National Academy of Sciences has quantified the amount of …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 August 2017

August 23rd, 2017 / B4FA

In a week in which AGDaily reminds us that while most people are familiar with just maize, soy and beet GMOs, dozens exist that have been used to benefit human health, animal welfare, and to safeguard the environment for more than 30 years, there are a number of stories of …

B4FA Week in Review – 16 August 2017

August 16th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, have been studying the relationship between how plants and their microbial communities roots co-evolved. The scientists studied a range of plants, including ferns, conifers, and flowering plants, and found that plant genetics influence the microbial communities surrounding their roots, as well as gathered evidence …

B4FA Week in Review – 9 August 2017

August 9th, 2017 / B4FA

In a week when it has been reported that climate change could lead to a reduction in protein in staple crops, as well as some other key nutritional components including iron and zinc, Professor Paul Vincelli of the University of Kentucky argues that genetic engineering is an environmentally-friendly choice and …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 August 2017

August 2nd, 2017 / B4FA.org

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) scientist and wheat breeder Matthew Reynolds published an opinion piece in Science this week, exhorting scientists to adopt a ”more internationally oriented and integrated approach to leverage technology, expertise and infrastructure with greater efficiency and purpose,” according to a press release published by …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 July 2017

July 26th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Many worthy people objected to the production of hybrids on the ground that it was an impious interference with the laws of Nature. – Maxwell Masters, 1899
This quote by botanist and taxonomist Maxwell Masters opens a lucid and useful essay published by plant pathologist and geneticist Pamela Ronald in Geographical Review …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 July 2017

July 19th, 2017 / B4FA.org

A week ago, the United Nations celebrated its annual World Population Day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, including the issue of food security and sustainability. For the occasion, IFPRI posted a brief report based on featuring an analysis generated by its International Model for Policy Analysis …