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B4FA Week in Review – Week of 6 January

January 15th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
15 January 2013
This week B4FA published a recent article, “We are all committed to ending world hunger,” by Professor Chris Leaver.  We hope you will find his insights into food security and plant genetics food for thought.
This article is shared courtesy of Tunza, a UNEP magazine …

B4FA Week in Review – Weeks of 23 and 30 Dec.

January 8th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
8 January 2013
Welcome back to the B4FA Week in Review, and Happy New Year 2013!
This week read about the Global Food Security Risk Index, as reported by B4FA Media Fellow, Samuel Hinneh.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Broad Institute and Rockefeller University revealed a new method for ‘editing’ …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 9 December

December 18th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 9 December 2012
B4FA Media Fellows Npong Francis, Isaac Khisa and Lominda Afedraru have published insightful articles on topics ranging from Vitamin A-rich millet to a new $25m investment in cassava breeding – please see them in the ‘Biosciences and Plant Genetics’ section below.
Following …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 2 December

December 11th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 2 December 2012
Could 100 million-year-old regions DNA of a papaya or poplar tree hold clues to how specific genes are turned ‘on’ or ‘off’?  According to researchers at the University of Warwick, yes, the four species they have studied could provide clues that …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 25 November

December 4th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 25 November 2012
In what has been deemed a ‘breakthrough for food security,’ an international team of scientists has completed a ‘shotgun sequencing’ of the wheat genome, a paper published in Nature revealed. Thanks to these results and the on-going work of other scientists …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 18 November

November 27th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 18 November 2012
This week Biosciences for Farming in Africa appeared in the Ugandan newspaper, Sunrise, in an article by B4FA Media Fellow Henry Luttaya that describes the recent journalist training in genetics, bioscience and food security in Uganda.  Likewise, B4FA Media Fellow Michael …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 11 November

November 19th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 11 November 2012
A new variety of cassava promises to bring higher yields to farmers in Cameroon and gives hope to other countries in Africa that also rely on cassava as a staple crop.  Moreover, in Tanzania, there was more exciting cassava news: three …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 4 November

November 9th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 4 November 2012
In B4FA news, two bioscience and plant genetics journalism workshops with B4FA Media Fellows in Uganda and Tanzania were held over the past two weeks.  The aim of the workshops is to support the advancement of science skills and science reporting, …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 28 October

November 2nd, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 28 October 2012
 
This week, concerns and hopes for Africa’s food security, trade and sustainable development were discussed in two conferences, the 8th African Development Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the African Economic Conference in Kigali, Rwanda.  The New Times cited an economist who …

B4FA Week in Review – 21st October

October 27th, 2012

B4FA – The Week in Review
Week of 21 October 2012
This week the Guardian highlighted some of the most important developments in its useful round-up on Poverty Matters, including articles on the UN’s concerns about a food crisis, NGOs’ focus on food prices, as well as an article by Olivier De …