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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 SciDev.net 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 Nature.com 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 SciDev.net 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 …

B4FA Week in Review – 5 November 2013

November 7th, 2013

In this week’s Week in Review, you’ll find an excellent video report on the World Food Prize and African countries’ views of GM crops by one of our Ghanaian fellows, Adelaide Arthur.
You’ll also find articles on how policies affect the use of plant genetic resources and discussions of GMO safety, as reported by SciDev.net.
In Uganda, B4FA …

B4FA Week in Review – 30 October 2013

November 2nd, 2013

In this week’s Week in Review, you’ll find more stories from the B4FA Media Fellows who attended the World Food Prize / Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa, including Samuel Hinneh from Ghana, and Henry Lutaaya from Uganda.  More pieces are on the way from feature writers and a broadcast …

Special World Food Prize edition: B4FA – The Week in Review

October 29th, 2013

22 October 2013

B4FA Media Fellows attend World Food Prize ceremony, Thursday 17 October 2013, Des Moines, Iowa
Left to right: Daniel Semberya, Samuel Hinneh, Polycarp Machira, Adelaide Arthur, Bernie Jones, Henry Lutaaya, Abdallah El-Kurebe, Akinwumi Kole-Dawodu, Lominda Afedraru
This week eight B4FA Media Fellows had the opportunity to attend the 3-day World Food …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 October

October 22nd, 2013

Special World Food Prize edition:
B4FA – The Week in Review
22 October 2013
B4FA Media Fellows attend World Food Prize ceremony, Thursday 17 October 2013, Des Moines, IowaLeft to right: Daniel Semberya, Samuel Hinneh, Polycarp Machira, Adelaide Arthur, Bernie Jones, Henry Lutaaya, Abdallah El-Kurebe, Akinwumi Kole-Dawodu, Lominda Afedraru
 
This week eight B4FA Media …