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GM crops: Their state of play in Africa, Dr Karembu (Part I)

March 3rd, 2014

In Part I, Dr Margaret Karembu, Director, ISAAA AfriCenter, discusses the growth of GM crops in Africa and why cotton in particular is a promising crop based on Burkina Faso’s experience. She also discusses the importance of making agriculture attractive to young people.
The interview was conducted by Adelaide Arthur, Joy …

The great misunderstanding of the global food crisis, by Philipp Aerni

March 3rd, 2014

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“Agricultural productivity growth rates in Africa have lagged behind the rest of the world due to lack of investment in agriculture in general and in agricultural research and development (R&D) in particular. Low productivity has especially affected basic African food crops such as sorghum, millet, cassava, sweet potato and cowpea, which are …

Africa & agriculture infographic

February 20th, 2014

Our new infographic on Africa and agriculture is a …

B4FA travels to AAAS Chicago with all-African panel of speakers

February 20th, 2014

On Saturday 15 February, B4FA held a panel discussion in Chicago at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The session focused on agriculture, plant science and Africa, ranging from presentations on youth and agriculture to the regulatory challenges for GM crops in Africa.  It was one of the …

Will Africa follow Europe’s lead? An interview with Prof. Jim Dunwell

February 10th, 2014

1)      You’ve written recently about European countries’ varied attitudes towards GM crops – why do you think this has been such a contentious issue in Europe?
I think the main reason for this has been the inability to reach a political consensus between the many and varied countries within the European Union …

New plant breeding techniques: prospects for the future

February 3rd, 2014

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My master class experience – Journalist Akinwunmi Kole-Dawodu (Nigeria)

January 28th, 2014

The B4FA November 2013 Master class was really worth the time. It was a participatory class, as fellows bear their minds on what they think a good write-up should look like.
After the master class I realised that there many other things that could pull together to add more colour and …

Should African farmers be able to choose GM crops?

January 28th, 2014

Dr. William H. Myers, Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia, discusses an on-going research project that allows farmers in South Africa to test and weigh the benefits of conventional, hybrid and GM maize …