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Lord Paul Boateng’s address to B4FA at the House of Lords

April 16th, 2014

Lord Paul Boateng addresses the audience at B4FA’s event at the House of Lords, 9 April 2014.  The audience included over 150 people who are active in African issues, including agriculture and plant …

B4FA welcomes African journalists and senior academicians to UK

April 16th, 2014

As part of the culmination of B4FA’s three-year programme, B4FA welcomed eighteen African journalists from our four focus countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – to London and Cambridge for one week.  In addition, the leaders of thirteen projects funded by the John Templeton Foundation joined the journalists to …

Press release: Seeding the new African Green Revolution

April 8th, 2014

How B4FA media courses are helping to ensure African small-holder farmers are not left behind
Cambridge UK, April 9, 2014: Over the last three years, the B4FA project has worked in Africa to stimulate a balanced discussion about where recent advances in biosciences and genetic technologies, including hybrid and genetically modified crops, …

Will trade barriers prevent the adoption of GM crops in Africa?

April 3rd, 2014

The latest Viewpoints essay on trade and GM crops in Africa.  John Komen and David Wafula analyse the current situation for GM crops in global trade and the implications for African exports to Europe, for example.Interestingly, they highlight that European countries are not entirely anti-GM, nor are they ‘GM free’. …

A personal view: B4FA’s Journalism Master Class in Uganda

April 1st, 2014

By Lominda Afedraru, B4FA Media Fellow
Photo by Julia Vitullo-Martin
It was two years ago when the fun in participating in the Biosciences for Farming in Africa all started. This was shortly after I ended my two year mentoring programme in Science communication courtsey of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) where I experienced …

New publication: “Cadres of Change: Transforming Biotech Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines”

March 26th, 2014

A new monograph entitled Cadres of Change: Transforming Biotech Farmers in China, India, and the Philippines has been published by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CCAP, CAS), Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI), and College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines Los Baños (CDC-UPLB). Watch …

Two B4FA Media Fellows Named Journalist of the Year

March 25th, 2014

B4FA is very proud to announce that two B4FA Media Fellows were awarded NEPAD/CAADP Journalist of the Year Awards.  This was the inaugural year of the CAADP Journalist of the Year awards, and the award ceremony was held in Durban, South Africa.
Richard Katami Bwayo (UBC Radio, Uganda) was awarded Winner in …

Do multinational companies impede GM crop progress in Africa? (Part II)

March 25th, 2014

In Part 2 of our interview with Dr Margaret Karembu of the ISAAA AfriCenter, she addresses the question of whether multinational companies impede African progress vis-a-vis GM crops.  She finds that this polarising view does not have to be the case. African scientists and companies can successfully collaborate with larger companies and …