More in this section

In the news

African farmers could soon grow virus-resistant cassava

August 11th, 2013

Cassava that resists two of the most severe viruses may soon reach Africa. Developed by researchers in Switzerland, a recently published story reveals that the new variety is successful at resisting the brown streak and mosaic viruses in addition to being drought resistant.  The researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of …

Ms Adelaide Arthur

August 11th, 2013

Former anti-GM activist Mark Lynas discusses Africa with B4FA Media Fellow Isaac Khisa

August 7th, 2013

In a recent tour of East Africa, B4FA Media Fellow Isaac Khisa (Uganda) took the opportunity to interview former anti-GM activist Mark Lynas about his 180 degree turnaround to become ‘pro-choice’ and why GM crops matter to Africa.

According to Lynas, GM crops are not the answer to food security in …

Now online – amazing plant science presentations by leading experts!

August 7th, 2013

B4FA has offered eight plant genetics courses to journalists in four countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – over the past year.
As a result, we now have an extraordinary collection of presentations by leading plant genetics experts, both from these countries and from abroad.
Please go to ‘Presentations‘ to access …

B4FA Fellows attend 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week

August 5th, 2013

African farmers could double or treble their yields just by using better quality seed varieties and improved agricultural practices. B4FA is a not-for-profit initiative with no commercial interests set to raise the level of awareness and understanding of the potential for traditional and modern genetic techniques in improving agriculture. These …

Can Tanzania’s ‘Kilimo Kwanza’ agricultural slogan become reality?

August 5th, 2013

During the Tanzanian launch of B4FA’s new book Insights: Africa’s future – can biosciences contribute?, eminent scientists and policymakers gathered alongside over 50 journalists in Arusha, Tanzania on 16 April to discuss the implications of biosciences and agricultural technologies for Tanzania’s society and economy.
Arusha’s District Commissioner John Mongella noted, “In …

Governments tackle food price swings, disagree onstocks

August 5th, 2013

On World Food Day, agriculture ministers from over 30 countries gathered in Rome to discuss action to combat rising food prices and food insecurity. France’s proposal for global strategic grain stores was not supported by most ministers; however, ministers did agree that more transparency regarding commodity futures and international data …

B4FA Media Fellows interview farmers, scientists – 6-7 June, Tanzania

August 5th, 2013

Nine B4FA Media Fellows had the exciting opportunity to meet farmers and scientists in Tanzania on 6-7 June, including visits to farms, research centres and tissue culture labs. Eminent plant scientists and experts from Tanzania gave in-depth interviews to the journalists alongside their presentations. The journalists included Said Mmanga, Dorithy …

B4FA Fellows attend 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week

July 23rd, 2013

Nine lucky fellows attended the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week in Accra, Ghana from 15-20 July 2013.  
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) brings together stakeholders from across the continent involved in agricultural development every three years, which is known as Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW).  The fellows had the …

Book summary: Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies

June 20th, 2013

Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies. New Genetic Technologies for Global Food production
Edited by David J. Bennett and Richard C. Jennings.
Published by Cambridge University Press, New York (US)
2013
 
Summary of Part II: New Genetic crops across the emerging world
Prof Christopher J. Leaver (St John’s College, University of Oxford) commences the introductory chapter of …