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B4FA Week in Review – 22 June 2016

June 22nd, 2016 / B4FA.org

B4FA continues the dialogue on the recent decision by the European parliament to stand against the promotion of large-scale farming and the use of GM seeds in Africa. As we reported last week, Mara Heubuch’s report criticizing the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) was adopted by the European Parliament with 577 …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 June 2016

June 15th, 2016 / B4FA.org

Last week, on 7 June, the European parliament took a stance against the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NAFSN) – a partnership of the G7 countries with 10 African countries aiming to bring 50 million people out of poverty by 2050 by enabling investment in agricultural sectors.
Mara Heubuch, the …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 June 2016

June 8th, 2016 / B4FA.org

We lead the week with another special feature by our own Dr Jocelyn Webster, who investigates what’s really going on behind the scenes of the negative GM cotton story in Burkina Faso. While the media has portrayed the situation as the failure and subsequent “abandonment” of GM cotton, Dr Webster points out …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 June 2016

June 1st, 2016 / B4FA.org

Big news this week as the UK independent scientific academy the Royal Society says that the ban on GM crops by European countries should be reassessed. According to the BBC, “Prof Venki Ramakrishnan said the science of genetic modification had been misunderstood by the public and it was time to …

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. …