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B4FA Week in Review – 24 February 2016

February 24th, 2016 / B4FA.org

In a week in which we have been assured that we will need all our tools to feed the world in the face of climate change and a booming global population, and that agriculture could drive a new era of economic growth for Africa but only if it focuses on the small, family-run …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 February 2016

February 17th, 2016 / B4FA

In a week that saw the announcement that Burkina Faso is phasing out Bt cotton, we highlight a story arguing that we are using the planet’s resources unsustainably to produce the food we need and that, without genetic modification, we will neither be able to move towards sustainability nor feed the ever …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 February 2016

February 10th, 2016 / B4FA.org

We start this week’s highlights in Asia, where China has made a bid to acquire Sygenta. A feature in MIT Technology review says that behind the move is China’s food-security crisis: “[it] must secure its food supply and feed 1.5 billion people despite a shortage of viable farmland…. technology—in particular genetically …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 February 2016

February 3rd, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, we start with a trio of articles looking at how gene editing technologies like CRISPR may end up being judged in the GM debate. In a commentary in Nature Genetics, researchers have made the case that gene-editing might lead to crops that could be produced conventionally, since the …

B4FA Week in Review – 27 January 2016

January 27th, 2016 / B4FA.org

This week, we’ve uploaded a new feature article to B4FA.org: “CRISPR technology: from nowhere to everywhere” by B4FA research associate Claudia Caneles. This primer on CRISPR – widely acknowledged as a biotech game-changer – explains how it works, how it’s applied, and how its use is being regulated. It will …

B4FA Week in Review – 20 January 2015

January 20th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Sadly, this week was dominated by news of impending food crisis in drought-stricken countries in Africa, a consequence of the El Niño weather phenomenon. “Millions risk starvation as drought in Africa threatens humanitarian crisis” provides an overview, stating, “According to the Famine Early Warnings System network, much of East Africa, …

B4FA Week in Review – 13 January 2016

January 13th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Kenya is anticipating a shift in its biotech regulation soon, with Kenyan regulators recommending lifting the ban on genetically modified crops, including Bt maize and cotton, and an announcement that the National Biosafety Authority will make a decision by the end of January 2016 on whether to grant scientists permission …

B4FA Week in Review – 6 January 2016

January 6th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Welcome to the first Week in Review of the year! We kick off by having a look back at a few of the stories that made headlines last year. The World Bank published a list of its Top 2015 agriculture stories: our great challenges. Stories reviewed here include the historic climate conference …

B4FA The Week in Review – 23 December 2015

December 23rd, 2015 / B4FA.org

Firstly, the season’s greeting to you all, and our best wishes for a fruitful, positive and prosperous 2016.
As ever, the turn of the year is a time for looking both back and forwards – so we start this week with a progress report on the GM debate which concludes that the emergence …

B4FA Week in Review – 16 December 2015

December 16th, 2015 / B4FA.org

On Saturday, the world celebrated as diplomats in Paris approved a climate change accord, miraculously forging consensus from nearly 200 countries after many years of slow progress. In the weeks leading up to and during COP21, we posted articles considering Africa’s voice in the negotiations and how the continent stands to …