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B4FA Week in Review – 7 June 2018

June 7th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Last week, we reported that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval for the safety of Golden Rice, a genetically engineered biofortified crop that promises to help alleviate Vitamin A deficiency — a serious health concern in 250 million preschool-age children globally. According to an article …

B4FA Week in Review – 31 May 2018

May 31st, 2018 / B4FA.org

Last week, we heard about the discovery of a second armyworm invasion in West Africa. This week, there’s hope on the horizon as we learn that 228 applications were received by the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, recently launched by Nesta, Feed the Future, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), …

B4FA Week in Review – 24 May 2018

May 24th, 2018 / B4FA.org

BREAKING NEWS: A new species of armyworm, Spodoptera eridania, has been positively identified this week in West and Central Africa. According to a press release by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), “[P]reliminary data show that the species is present in at least four countries in West and Central Africa, …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 May 2018

May 17th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, at the meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Africa Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) released a report on how African agriculture may be harnessed for the continent’s economic growth. The report assesses the states of African agriculture and suggests increased productivity …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 May 2018

May 10th, 2018 / B4FA.org

From May 2-4, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) in Rome, where experts met to discuss the latest data on the state of soil pollution and its effects on food security, environment and human health. At the meeting, the FAO released a …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 May 2018

May 3rd, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week in Libreville, Gabon, more than 100 African agriculturalists met to discuss lessons learned from inaugural Biennial Review (BR) Report on the implementation of the 2014 Malabo Declaration – an agreement to track progress on agricultural goals for the continent every two years starting in 2018, endorsed by African …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 April 2018

April 26th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, agricultural experts are meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, to improve the productivity of bananas, a food staple and source of income for millions of Tanzanian and Ugandan smallholder farmers. The “Breeding Better Bananas” project – which convenes researchers from Tanzania, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 April 20018

April 19th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, coordinator of the USAID Fall Armyworm Task Force Regina Eddy said in a press briefing that Kenya and other African countries provided the ideal climate for the spread of the Fall armyworm because of the absence of frost. She also indicated that the US is committed to aiding …

B4FA Week in Review – 12 April 2018

April 12th, 2018 / B4FA.org

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has clarified the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) oversight of plants produced through innovative new breeding techniques. A release from USDA states, “under its biotechnology regulations, USDA does not regulate or have any plans to regulate plants that could otherwise have been developed through traditional breeding techniques …

The B4FA Week in Review – 5 April 2018

April 5th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially announced that it had no plans to regulate crops modified using genetic editing technology, including CRISPR, saying that removing genes or adding genes endemic to the species is an accelerated form of selective breeding, which saves time on traditional plant-breeding …