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B4FA Week in Review – Week of 1 April

April 10th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
10 April 2013
This week was marked by some very interesting articles by our fellows. B4FA Media Fellow Kate Obande conducted an interview with Mr Salisy Abubakar, a researcher who believes mango and wild banana seeds are potential sources of industrial starch, while Edith Nwapi highlights …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 25 March

April 4th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
02 April 2013
This week African science was in the spotlight at the BBC Africa Science Festival, organised by the University of Makerere in Kampala, Uganda. This included a BBC video report on Uganda’s genetically modified ‘golden bananas’ that include pro-vitamin A to improve nutrition and decrease cases of …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 18 March

April 4th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
26 March 2013
This past week B4FA held its second Media Fellow course which included alumni from the first course held in autumn 2012.  Over twenty journalists joined us in Abuja to hear fascinating presentations about the latest developments in plant genetics and to take part …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 11 March

March 21st, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
21 March 2013
From March 12-16, B4FA held a second round of its plant genetics training course with over twenty journalists in Accra, Ghana.  In addition, we launched our new book of essays at the International Press Centre – please see the sidebar for links to …

Week in Review – Week of 4 March

March 14th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
12 March 2013
This week marks the start of our second B4FA Media Fellowship course in Ghana with 22 journalists, 8 alumni from the first course and 14 experts and mentors. Stay tuned for news about the course and its participants in next week’s newsletter and …

Launch of new B4FA book & Week in Review, Week of 25 Feb.

March 5th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
5 March 2013
New! B4FA launches Insights: Africa’s future… can biosciences contribute?
This week marks the online launch of B4FA’s collection of essays Insights: Africa’s future… can biosciences contribute? They are available in full on the B4FA web site and on Hard copies can also be purchased here.

The essays are eclectic and personal, sharply focused …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 18 February

February 26th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
26 February 2013
This week B4FA Media Fellows published two articles online: Uganda’s Wilber Muhwezi (The Observer)investigated the link between population growth and food insecurity in an interview with Ms Mellissa Wood, the Director of the new Australian International Food Security Centre (AIFSC).  In Nigeria, Akinwunmi Kole-Dawodu of News Agency …

B4FA Week in Review – Weeks of 4 and 11 February

February 19th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
19 February 2013
This week several B4FA Media Fellows have published a number of compelling articles on topics as varied as improving sugar production through tissue culture, the diseases affecting cowpeas and how biotechnology may play a role in addressing them, major investments in seed banks, and improvements in Ugandan coffee processing.
In other bioscience news, experts …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 27 January

February 5th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
5 February 2013
This week the 12th International Plant Virus Epidemiology (IPVE) symposium took place in Arusha, Tanzania.  Dr Elly Kafiriti, the Director of the Naliendele Research Institute called for greater attention to plant diseases and their impact on food security, noting that Cassava Brown Streak Disease and …

B4FA Week in Review – Week of 20 January

January 30th, 2013

B4FA – The Week in Review
29 January 2013
In Nigeria’s Vanguard, B4FA Media Fellow Abdallah el-Kurebe interviews Prof. Jim Dunwell a Plant Biotechnologist at University of Reading.  Mr. el-Kurebe’s article shares Prof. Dunwell’s insights into many questions that people have about genetic modification.
B4Fa Media Fellow Eyo Charles reports on a B4FA workshop that was held at …