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B4FA Week in Review – 24 January 2019

January 24th, 2019 / B4FA.org

This week the The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health published a report attempting to achieve scientific consensus on what constitutes a diet both healthy for human bodies and sustainable for the planet. “Food in the Anthropocene”, commissioned by the medical journal The Lancet and published on 17 January 2019, was produced over …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 January 2019

January 17th, 2019 / B4FA.org

We focus on the state of agricultural biotech in Nigeria this week as the country’s National Biosafety Management Agency applies to commercialise Bt cowpea. If the application is approved, the genetically modified cowpea – which is resistant to the pod borer pest – will become the nation’s first GM food crop. Benefits would …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 January 2019

January 10th, 2019 / B4FA.org

Scientists have found a way to genetically modify plants to fix a flaw in photosynthesis, a breakthrough that may substantially boost the yield of food crops, according to a story in the BBC. The experiments, carried out in the United States on tobacco plants, found a way to bypass a …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 January 2019

January 3rd, 2019 / B4FA.org

New year’s greetings from all of us at B4FA. We enter 2019 highlighting a forward-looking piece posted in Cornell’s Alliance for Science blog – “Africa can’t afford to miss the gene revolution, ag experts say” – that interviews African agricultural experts encouraging the continent’s embrace of biotechnology.

In the article, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria’s (ARCN) Yarama …

B4FA Week in Review – 20 December 2018

December 20th, 2018

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This week’s headlines were dominated by the 2018 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 24th Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP24), which wrapped up in Katowice, Poland, over the weekend. The nearly 23,000 delegates came together to try and agree on a “rulebook” for what will happen when the …

B4FA Week in Review – 13 December 2018

December 13th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, the World Resources Institute (WRI) published a new report, Creating a Sustainable Food Future, that states the world must prepare to feed the planet’s growing population sustainably, reducing agricultural land and greenhouse gas emissions, and suggests that genetically modified organisms and gene editing may be useful tools in …

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 …