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B4FA – The Week in Review

October 4th, 2017 / B4FA.org

What would the world do without coffee? The 29th of September was International Coffee Day, during which people all over the world celebrated one of humanity’s favorite beverages. But over at the International Coffee Organization (ICO), coffee is taken extra seriously. During a meeting taking place from 29 September to …

B4FA Week in Review – 27 September 2017

September 27th, 2017 / B4FA.org

Two reports this week lead the news. The first, a report by Biodiversity International that states Earth’s sixth mass extinction of global wildlife is under way – and posing a serious threat to global food supplies. “Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food …

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 …