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B4FA Week in Review – 21 December 2016

December 21st, 2016 / B4FA.org

As 2016 draws to a close, Calestous Juma looks back on 2016 as a year when “Important wins were notched up for African agriculture” in a piece published in The Conversation, Africa, this week. He cites emerging technologies such as “precision agriculture, sensors, satellites and drones”, “communication, transportation, wholesale and …

B4FA Week in Review – 14 December 2016

December 14th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week in B4FA’s latest blog post, our own Claudia Canales writes about the various benefits of biofortified iron-rich beans, as well as the challenges inherent in developing such a bean, including nutrient bioavailability, the hardiness, yield and flavour of the biofortified variety, not to mention distribution and the availability …

B4FA Week in Review – 7 December 2016

December 7th, 2016 / B4FA.org

On Monday, the annual African Economic Conference opened in Abuja, Nigeria, on the theme “Feed Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth”. Organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and now in its 11th year, the conference will tackle …

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 …