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Analysis of biotechnology regulatory systems in Africa and implications for food security

May 27th, 2014

Samuel E. Timpo of the NEPAD agency ABNE provides the latest news about his research project on biotechnology regulatory systems in …

Will Transgenic Cassava Improve the Life of Poor Cassava Farmers in Africa?

May 27th, 2014

Prof Claude Fauquet is investigating whether transgenic cassava will improve the lives of smallholder …

Creating a Community of Practice in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

May 27th, 2014

Dr Jere Gillis, University of Missouri, offers an update on his research in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on creating a community of practice to improve rural livelihoods. Can GM crops play a …

Tanzanian fellows learn about seed business

May 26th, 2014

By Leonard Magomba, B4FA Media Fellow, Tanzania
We started our trip at the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) where we met the CEO and had a chat with regard to what SAGCOT is doing in Tanzania, why it was formulated as well as challenges.
The next day we traveled to …

Knowledge sharing and the role of farmers

May 14th, 2014

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Better seeds, better yields

May 14th, 2014

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Genetically modified crops: how long before Africa sees its share of the gains?

May 14th, 2014

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The  technology  of  genetic  modification  (GM)  has  now  been  utilised globally on a widespread commercial basis for 18 years and by 2012, 17.3 million farmers in 28 countries had planted 170 million hectares of crops using this technology.1  Some 90 per cent of these are resource-poor farmers in developing countries.
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Can biosciences help Africa? B4FA’s Media Fellows respond

May 12th, 2014

Several B4FA Media Fellows shared their thoughts on bioscience and its role in Africa – watch this video to hear about their initial perceptions (including this week’s essayist Michael J. Ssali) and what they have taken from their experience in …