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B4FA Week in Review – 30 November 2016

November 30th, 2016 / B4FA.org

At COP22, agriculture finally got the floor time it deserved as one of the world’s major sources of greenhouse gas, and as an industry with possibly the most at stake as the world’s climate changes. The International Institute for Sustainable Development subsequently published a report titled “COP 22 Agriculture and …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 Nov 2016

November 23rd, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, a paper published in Science is making headlines as a potential big breakthrough in crop biotechnology. “Plant biologists seeking improved photosynthesis—and, ultimately, more bountiful crops—have cleverly manipulated plants to adjust more quickly to shade,” reports Science magazine. “Genetically engineered into tobacco plants, the faster response yielded up to a 20% increase in …

B4FA Week in Review – 16 November 2016

November 16th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, as world is reeling from the US presidential election results, it’s too early yet to tell how a Trump presidency will affect African economy and development. However, a couple of articles have already emerged, asking whether Trump will upend bipartisan consensus on U.S. Africa policy? (AllAfrica) and what …

B4FA Week in Review – 9 November 2016

November 9th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Somewhat eclipsed by the United States presidential election this week, COP22 – the UNFCCC Marrakech Climate Conference – kicked off in Morocco on 7 November and will carry on until the 18th of the month, and is the first COP since the Paris Agreement went into force on 4 November. According to the Guardian, …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 November 2016

November 2nd, 2016 / B4FA.org

On 29 October, the New York Times published “Doubts about the promised bounty of GM crops”, a critique of GM that has prompted a flurry of responses from the scientific community. These include, thus far, plant scientist Andrew Kniss’s “Strawmen and selective statistics: Did the New York Times botch its critique of GMO crops?” …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 October 2016

October 26th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Among the key messages in the just-released UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture – which focuses on links between climate change, agriculture and food security – the world’s smallholder farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can help fight its effects. “The …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 October 2016

October 19th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week we congratulate Drs. Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low and Howarth Bouis who were awarded the 2016 World Food Prize for their research focused on providing food and nutrition through biofortification – the process of breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops such as wheat, rice and sweet potatoes …

B4FA Week in Review – 12 October 2016

October 12th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In global news this week, the EU Parliament opposed European Commission plans to authorize five new GMO products in a vote on October 6. MEPs expressed worry that maize Bt11 and maize 1507 could harm “non-target” species of butterflies and moths, and questioned the concept, introduced by the European Food Safety …

B4FA Week in Review – 5 October 2016

October 5th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In a week when the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched its Africa Agriculture Outlook 2016-2025, an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa in the next decade, we include a number of other stories looking at the development of African agriculture. In …

B4FA Week in Review – 28 September 2016

September 28th, 2016 / B4FA.org

As German pharmaceutical and agricultural company Bayer and American seed and herbicide company Monsanto finally appear to be sealing the deal on their long-awaited merger, many are speculating about the pros and cons of the agreement, the dangers of monopoly, and how the takeover may affect industrial agriculture all over …