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B4FA Week in Review – 9 July 2013

July 11th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
9 July 2013
This week CNN asks whether family farming is part of the answer for poverty in many countries.  With 2014 as the UN Year of Family Farming, this will continue to be an important question.
A research team investigating climate change and plants have found a chemical that …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 July 2013

July 2nd, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
2 July 2013
This week our very own Sir Brian Heap has published an article in Nature on why the EU should rethink GM crops anda new report discusses the issue in more depth – see the article to the right for more information.
You’ll see below a number of new developments this week, …

B4FA Week in Review – 25 June 2013

June 25th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
25 June 2013
This week some of the most momentous plant science news occurred outside of Africa – but what will its effects be for the continent? In the UK, Environment Secretary Owen Patterson gave a speech that strongly supported GM crops, including comments on their …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 June

June 24th, 2013

After a short break, the B4FA Week in Review is back with more fascinating stories from B4FA’s Media Fellows and many other sources.
Two of B4FA’s fellows were in the news recently – Kofi Adu Domfeh has been named a finalist for the First African Climate Change and Environment Reporting Award which is …

Week in Review – 28 May

May 29th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
28 May 2013
B4FA’s Project Leader, Sir Brian Heap, has published an essay this week about GM crops and genetics on the ‘Big Questions Online’ web site, part of the John Templeton Foundation’s effort to explore groundbreaking issues.
National Public Radio in the U.S. has published two intriguing articles on biotech and …

Week in Review – 22 May

May 22nd, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
22 May 2013
Dr. Roshan Abdallah, Director General of TPRI’s Technical Unit and a lecturer in our B4FA course in Tanzania, was recently featured in a profile inMwananchi. The article, written in Swahili is entitled ‘Roshan Abdallah: A scientist who believes in commitment, collaboration.’  A basic translation …

Week in Review – 14 May

May 22nd, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
14 May 2013
This past week there has been an incredible variety of articles, both by B4FA Media Fellows in our four focus countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – and in the wider press.  The Economist, for example, published an intriguing piece on genetically modified …

Week in Review – 7 May

May 7th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
7 May 2013
This week Nature has published a special issue on GM crops which includes a number of interesting commentaries, including one commentary focusing on Africa and Asia (note: some articles are only accessible to subscribers).  Science journalist and commentator Keith Kloor has published a review of the special …

Week in Review – Week of 23 April

April 30th, 2013


B4FA – The Week in Review
30 April 2013
60 years after the discovery of DNA’s structure and 10 years since the completion of the Human Genome Project, it seems the possibilities for genetic research remain endless and fascinating, according to an article published in The Guardian (UK) this week.
A compelling radio programme on National …

Week in Review – Week of 16 April

April 23rd, 2013


B4FA – The Week in Review
23 April 2013

The B4FA book of essays on Africa and biosciences – ‘Insights’ – has spurred debate in both Uganda and Tanzania. In Uganda, B4FA Media Fellow Henry Lutaaya covered the launch of the book in Kampala and the reactions from scientists and politicians, while …