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B4FA Week in Review – 13 May 2014

May 13th, 2014

This week in the B4FA Week in Review, Scientific American reports on the birth of the GMO debate, while The Economist reports on a new green revolution for rice.
The B4FA Media Fellows have shared their most recent articles, including reports on biotech acceptance in Africa, pod borer resistant cowpea and …

B4FA Week in Review – 29 April 2014

April 29th, 2014

This week in the B4FA Week in Review, you’ll find fascinating articles on disease-resistant plantlets, wheat rust, a new trial of GM plants at Rothamsted Research and so much more.
The B4FA Media Fellows have written excellent articles and produced broadcast stories about a recent meeting on podborer resistant cowpea, the …

B4FA Week in Review – 16 April 2014

April 18th, 2014

As part of the culmination of B4FA’s three-year programme, B4FA welcomed eighteen African journalists from our four focus countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – to London and Cambridge last week.  In addition, the leaders of thirteen projects funded by the John Templeton Foundation joined the journalists to discuss their …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 April 2014

April 1st, 2014

Next week B4FA will host 20 African journalists and 20 researchers from John Templeton grant-funded projects in Cambridge and London.  Stay tuned for more about their visit!
In the past week, a statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol in the National Statuary Hall. Dr. Borlaug is …

B4FA Week in Review – 25 March 2014

March 31st, 2014

B4FA is very proud to announce that two of its Media Fellows have won awards at NEPAD’s CAADP Journalist of the Year Awards held in Durban, South Africa last week. Congratulations to Richard Katami Bwayo (UBC Radio, Uganda) and Adelaide Arthur (Joy News, Ghana) for their achievements! This was the inaugural year …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 March 2014

March 18th, 2014

Last Friday, a group of plant scientists published a report that recommended that the UK government take steps to support plant science and to move forward with GM crops.  This report was widely covered by leading newspapers – see the collection of media coverage below.
A ‘must read’: We have published a new …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 March 2014

March 11th, 2014

This week you’ll find fascinating articles from B4FA’s Media Fellows, particularly from Nigeria and Tanzania.
A ‘must read’: We have published a new ‘Viewpoint’ essay by Josephine Okot, “Victoria Seeds: Changing lives through wealth creation.”  This is in addition to lastweek’s essay by Philipp Aerni (“The great misunderstanding of the global food crisis“).   Don’t miss …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 March 2014

March 4th, 2014

Welcome back to the B4FA Week in Review – this week’s edition is full of stimulating stories on plant science in Africa and beyond.
We are continuing to add more useful videos and essays to the B4FA web site:  don’t miss our latest video interview with Dr. Margaret Karembu (with B4FA Media Fellow Adelaide Arthur) on the growth …

B4FA Week in Review – Special AAAS Edition, 20 February

February 20th, 2014

Members of the B4FA team have just returned from the AAAS conference in Chicago, where we had the opportunity to discuss agriculture, plant science and Africa in an excellent all-African panel.  Click here to read more about the panel members’ presentations.
We also had the opportunity to invite four B4FA Media Fellows …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 February 2014

February 19th, 2014

On Wednesday 12 February, IFPRI will launch its latest report, Food Security in a World of Natural Resource Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Technologies, in a live webcast at 9am EST. See below for the media advisory and an infographic that explains the context of the report.
A new study from South Africa reveals that in …