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B4FA Week in Review – 29 March 2018

March 29th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, Rose Gidado, the Assistant Director of the Agricultural Biotechnology Department at the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) in Nigeria and the Nigerian Country Coordinator for the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), announced that Nigeria is ready to use biotechnology in agriculture to improve its food and economic …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 March 2018

March 22nd, 2018 / B4FA.org

Researchers at the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources have recently released a report that analyzed 40 years of data – from 1976 to 2016 – on Bt maize to quantify its benefits in the United States, where the genetically modified crop, adopted in 1996, comprises more …

B4FA Week In Review – 15 March 2018

March 15th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, on the heels of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) newly released guide on management of the Fall armyworm, scientist Kevin Folta interviewed GE insect research and technology company Oxitech’s CSO Simon Warner about the potential of genetically engineered insects to tackle the problem, by turning off …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 March 2018

March 8th, 2018 / B4FA.org

Today is International Women’s Day, themed “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” – putting a focus on rural women, who are typically forgotten and left out the development conversation, even though they represent more than a quarter of the world’s population. An infographic on rural women …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 March 2018

March 1st, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault celebrated its 10th anniversary by accepting a shipment of more than 70,000 seeds from 23 institutions around the globe to its storage facility – bringing the total number of seeds to more than 1 million varieties. The seeds include such staples as rice, …

B4FA Week in Review – 22 February 2018

February 22nd, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Next Generation Cassava Breeding Project is launching Phase 2 of its initiative to breed improved, farmer-responsive varieties of cassava in support of food security in Africa. The international project, led by Cornell University and founded in 2012, originally set out to “shorten …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 February 2018

February 15th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, the world celebrated the annual United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which supports the achievement of “full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, [as well as] gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” According to the United Nations, “Science …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 February 2018

February 8th, 2018 / B4FA.org

According to a research paper released this week, 2016 saw a high adoption rate of biotech crops, with a global area of 185.1 million hectares. The paper – published in GM Crops and Food on 2 February and authored by Drs Rhodora Aldemita and Randy Hautea of the International Service …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 February 2018

February 1st, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week, B4FA were delighted to attend the launch meeting of the newly minted Community Network for African Vector-Borne Plant Viruses (CONNECTED) – a network of experts focused on vector-borne crop diseases in Africa funded by the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which supports research on global issues affecting developing countries.
In the …

B4FA Week in Review – 25 January 2018

January 25th, 2018 / B4FA.org

This week we headline the sequencing and resequencing of genomes of 101 plants for the African Orphan Crops Consortium (AOCC). The data are intended to establish tools for informing orphan crop breeding programmes and assessing genetic diversity in African crops. In particular, informative genetic markers are useful for everything from …