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Why does banana research matter to Africa’s farmers?

August 26th, 2013

Graham Thiele, Director of CGIAR’s Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas explains why these difficult to reproduce crops are so important for Africa’s farmers, especially in …

Can biosciences help Africa’s small farmers?

August 24th, 2013

Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) Project Leader, Sir Brian Heap, interviews Dr. Roshan Abdallah, Chief Research Scientist at the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI), about her work and the challenges and opportunities for biosciences in …

Why does banana research matter to Africa’s farmers?

August 24th, 2013

Graham Thiele, Director of CGIAR’s Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas explains why these difficult to reproduce crops are so important for Africa’s farmers, especially in …

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 …