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B4FA Media Fellows interview farmers, scientists – 6-7 June, Tanzania

August 5th, 2013

Nine B4FA Media Fellows had the exciting opportunity to meet farmers and scientists in Tanzania on 6-7 June, including visits to farms, research centres and tissue culture labs. Eminent plant scientists and experts from Tanzania gave in-depth interviews to the journalists alongside their presentations. The journalists included Said Mmanga, Dorithy …

B4FA Fellows attend 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week

July 23rd, 2013

Nine lucky fellows attended the 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week in Accra, Ghana from 15-20 July 2013.  
The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) brings together stakeholders from across the continent involved in agricultural development every three years, which is known as Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW).  The fellows had the …

Book summary: Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies

June 20th, 2013

Successful Agricultural Innovation in Emerging Economies. New Genetic Technologies for Global Food production
Edited by David J. Bennett and Richard C. Jennings.
Published by Cambridge University Press, New York (US)
2013
 
Summary of Part II: New Genetic crops across the emerging world
Prof Christopher J. Leaver (St John’s College, University of Oxford) commences the introductory chapter of …

B4FA Media Fellows interview farmers, scientists – 6-7 June, Tanzania

June 19th, 2013

Nine B4FA Media Fellows had the exciting opportunity to meet farmers and scientists in Tanzania on 6-7 June, including visits to farms, research centres and tissue culture labs. Eminent plant scientists and experts from Tanzania gave in-depth interviews to the journalists alongside their presentations.  The journalists included Said Mmanga, Dorithy …

Can Tanzania’s ‘Kilimo Kwanza’ agricultural slogan become reality?

April 22nd, 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 view …

Ugandan and Tanzanian journalists embark on scientific journey with B4FA

April 22nd, 2013

Over 50 journalists gathered in Kampala (Uganda) and Arusha (Tanzania) to deepen their knowledge of science journalism and plant genetics as new B4FA Media Fellows.  They were joined by scientists and journalists who served as mentors, while returning B4FA Media Fellows from last year’s courses also shared their knowledge and …

Dutch university awards fellowship to Media Fellow Samuel Hinneh (Ghana)

April 16th, 2013

From April until June, Samuel Hinneh, a B4FA Media Fellow from Ghana, will have the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of international journalism and communications in Ede, Netherlands.  The course, “International Corporate Communication” takes place at the Christian University of Applied Sciences (CHE).

Through his fellowship, he will explore business ethics/sustainability & communication, international journalism, …

B4FA book stirs discussion as MPs review Ugandan biosafety bill

April 15th, 2013

As Ugandan MPs continue to discuss and review the Ugandan National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill, journalists, politicians and scientists gathered at the launch of B4FA’s recent book, Insights: Africa’s future – can biosciences contribute? in Kampala, Uganda to discuss the future of Ugandan science and innovation for agriculture.

Among a number of guests …

B4FA Nigerian book launch: “We need technology to improve food security”

March 26th, 2013

On 20 March, B4FA held the Nigerian launch of its new book, Insights: Africa’s future … Can biosciences contribute? According to several Nigerian leaders, the book is a welcome call for an open discussion of science, technology and agriculture.
“This is a subject dear to my heart. … I went to the web …

Will it help Nigeria’s farmers? Media Fellows examine plant genetics

March 25th, 2013

Over twenty Nigerian journalists gathered in Abuja from 18-21 March to gain insight into plant genetics and its relevance for Nigerian farmers. The latest group of Media Fellows were joined by B4FA alumni as well as mentors, who included Nigerian, British and American scientists and journalists.
Jamila Hamisu Mai Iyali of Freedom …