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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 …

Victoria Seeds: Changing lives through wealth creation

March 10th, 2014

Josephine Okot describes her work to make quality seeds affordable to farmers in Uganda through her company, Victoria Seeds:
“The source of my initial idea was the observation that the majority of yields achieved by Ugandan farmers were much lower than those realised by research activities – at times one third lower. …

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 …