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B4FA Week in Review – 4 February 2014

February 5th, 2014

This week you’ll find below articles on Africa’s Green Revolution, European and transatlantic divisions over GM crops, a call for GMO wheat from an opinion piece in the New York Times.
You’ll also find a call for applications to a new fellowship called the 40 Chances Fellowship Programme.  It is currently calling for applications in several …

B4FA Week in Review – 28 January 2014

January 28th, 2014

This week a number of plant science developments are in the news including GM purple tomatoes and a series of protests held by scientists frustrated by the lack of progress for fortified ‘golden rice’.
B4FA Media Fellows have produced a series of fascinating articles, radio broadcasts and videos – please see below their reports on …

B4FA Week in Review – 21 January 2014

January 22nd, 2014

This week, the African Orphan Crops Consortium has announced that it will map the genomes of 100 orphan crops, many of which are crucial to food security in Africa. Baobab will be the first crop to have its genome sequenced.  See Prof. Diran Makinde’s new essay on the B4FA web site for a more …

B4FA Week in Review 14 January 2014

January 14th, 2014

This week you will discover an abundance of articles focusing particularly on GM crops.  In Kenya, the current ban on the importation and cultivation of GM crops may be reconsidered in light of the food needs of Kenya’s rural residents.  The Times notes that a new way of genetically engineering plants (cisgenesis) holds promise, …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 January 2014

January 8th, 2014

Happy New Year, and welcome back to the B4FA Week in Review.
B4FA’s very own David Bennett (Project co-leader) has published an article on this week which focuses on aid vs. trade for African agriculture.
In the New York Times this week there was a fascinating article about Hawaii’s approach to GM …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 December 2013

December 17th, 2013

This week reports that in Mozambique and Jordan, a soil fungus has been decimating a popular type of banana, Cavendish cultivar crops. Until now, the fungus had been limited to parts of Asia and Australia.Scientific American also reports on this issue.
The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has been working to combat a maize …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 December 2013

December 16th, 2013

This week, you’ll find a great variety of articles from around the world and Africa in particular.  The recent meeting of African Science Academies in Addis Ababa resulted in an important declaration regarding biotechnology in Africa, while the new African Plant Breeding Academy was launched last week.  In Ghana,support for biotechnology seems to be growing, …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 November 2013

December 9th, 2013

This week, you’ll find an excellent collection of articles on that puts the spotlight on global food security, and you’ll notice that a number of the news pieces focus on new varieties of crops, including maize in Kenya and Nigeria.
Moreover, you’ll notice several articles on crop diseases and invasive plants in Tanzania (banana, maize), Uganda …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 November 2013

November 20th, 2013

This week, you’ll find below a call for a single body to regulate GMOs across Africa, as SciDev reports.  In Kenya, scientists are calling for the ban on GM foods to be lifted, while the genomic analysis of sorghum may reveal new possibilities for the crop.
B4FA’s Media Fellows have been busy as usual, and below …

B4FA Week in Review – 12 Nov. 2013

November 15th, 2013

In this edition of the Week in Review, B4FA Media Mentor/journalist Sharon Schmickle investigates the current GM debate in Tanzania. Schmickle’s article is complemented by the recent work of B4FA Media Fellows in Tanzania, who report on banana bacterial wilt, increases in biotech funding, a ‘brown’ revolution and whether hybrid seeds help or hurt African farmers.
Please find …