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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 …

VIDEO: Why U.S. and African journalists must collaborate

January 21st, 2014

Sharon Schmickle has worked closely with B4FA’s Media Fellows for several years, and in this video she reflects on the collaboration with fellow journalists in four African countries and why it is important for U.S. and European journalists to work alongside their counterparts in Africa on issues of agriculture and …

VIDEO: Farmer Gilbert Bor on Kenya’s ban on GM imports

December 10th, 2013

In this video, farmer and professor Gilbert Arap Bor discusses Kenya’s import ban on GM crops and the creation of a new taskforce of scientists that will advise the Kenyan government on its approach to GM crops. Bor calls for scientists from around the world to give input to the …

Tanzanian Fellows explore agriculture in Mwanza

December 9th, 2013

Field day to Mwanza, 12th / 13th November 2013
On 12th and 13th of October 2013 B4FA Tanzania organized a field day for 9 Tanzanian B4FA Media Fellows.
The first day was spent with TAHEA (Tanzania Home Economics Association, a local NGO with the primary goal to promote improvement of quality of …

New matooke / banana presentation

December 9th, 2013

Scientist Claudia Canales offers an excellent overview of ‘matooke’, a type of banana, which is a staple crop in many African …

Video: How is climate change affecting soil and yields in Ghana?

November 26th, 2013

B4FA Media Fellow Adelaide Arthur (Joy News, Ghana) finds that a new report states that Ghanaian maize farmers could lose over 40% of their crop yields due to climate change. How will this be addressed? Arthur explores this in her …