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B4FA Week in Review – 24 May 2016

May 25th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In biotech news this week: the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has released a report looking at the impact GE crops have had since the 1980s, finding that genetically engineered (GE) crops pose no more risk to human health and the environment than conventionally bred crops. …

B4FA Week in Review – 18 May 2016

May 18th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Cassava dominates the African agricultural headlines this week as the Rockefeller Foundation, along with Dalberg Global Development Advisors and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), launch an Innovation Challenge that will grant $1 million to innovators with possible solutions to improve the shelf life of cassava in Nigeria. Nigeria is the …

B4FA Week in Review – 11 May 2016

May 11th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Spring greetings from B4FA, and welcome to the latest edition of the Week in Review! In this week’s news highlights, scientists at the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory have reportedly created a new gene-detecting technology that may help create a new variety of disease-resistant wheat. Called ‘MutRenSeq’, the technology identifies …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 May 2016

May 4th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, we are pleased to feature the second in a series of articles written by B4FA adviser Dr Jocelyn Webster: “Drought in Southern Africa: Do GMO Policies Need to Change?” In this article, she questions the bans on growing and importing GM maize in countries like Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, …

B4FA Week in Review – 27 April 2016

April 27th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, B4FA Fellow Samuel Hinneh writes in SciDevNet about a new project that aims to help 5.5 million smallholder farmers across 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with stress-tolerant maize varieties. The program will apply conventional breeding techniques to develop maize that’s resistant to drought, low soil fertility, heat, pests and …

B4FA Week in Review – 20 April 2016

April 20th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) released its annual reporton the adoption of biotech crops, focusing on 2015. The report showcases a 100-fold increase in biotech crops in the last 20 years, from 1.7 milion hectares in 1996 to 179.7 million hectares in 2015. …

B4FA Week in Review – 13 April 2016

April 13th, 2016 / B4FA.org

We are pleased to have a special feature for you this week: B4FA adviser Dr Jocelyn Webster – who established the first plant biotechnology laboratory at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa and was the Executive Director of AfricaBio – has written a piece for …

B4FA Week in Review – 6 April 2016

April 6th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) meets with Africa’s agricultural leaders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for its biannual regional conference, themed “Transforming African agri-food systems for inclusive growth and shared prosperity”. To kick off the proceedings, FAO director Jose Graziano da Silva published an op-ed,“Acting …

B4FA Week in Review – 30 March 2016

March 30th, 2016 / B4FA.org

New research published this week in Nature Plants found that the wild relatives of our most important food crops are at risk of going extinct, yet are underrepresented in the world’s gene banks. According to the study, which looked at 1,076 wild relatives related to 81 species of crops, more …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 March 2016

March 23rd, 2016 / B4FA.org

Earlier this month, Nature Climate change published a report stating that time is running short to protect Africa’s food supply, and that key food crops are threatened, while the FAO reported that 80% of countries in need of food aid are from Africa. A story from The Economist (“African agriculture …