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VOICES AND VIEWS: WHY BIOTECH?

May 4th, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Is there a place for biotechnology in the world? What is its impact? These are some of the questions answered by biotech experts, farmers, economists, and journalists in ISAAA’s latest brief titled Voices and Views: Why Biotech? Read …

UN urged to ensure open access to plant genomic data

May 3rd, 2015 / Crop Biotech Update, ISAAA

Dr. Norman Warthmann, plant geneticist from The Australian National University (ANU), has called for the United Nations (UN) to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue working on sustainably intensifying world food production. in feed is safe for animal and human health, …

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 …

Ghanaian journalists investigate bioscience potential for farmers

March 18th, 2013

Over twenty Ghanaian journalists gathered this past week (12-16 March) to learn about – and experience – the biosciences and plant genetics in Accra, Ghana. The B4FA Media Fellows were joined by media fellows from Autumn 2012 and a team of scientific experts and journalism mentors who engaged them in …

B4FA book launch spurs debate about bioscience in Ghana

March 16th, 2013

Discussants at Ghana Insights book launch
On 14 March, Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) launched its new book of essays, Insights – Africa’s future … can biosciences contribute? at the Ghana International Press Centre.
B4FA welcomed several discussants, including the Hon. Dr. A.Y. Alhassan, the Chair of the Ghanaian Parliament Agriculture Committee, Prof. Josephine …

East African Business Week Interviews B4FA’s Prof. Chris Leaver

January 25th, 2013

This week, B4FA’s Scientific Advisor, Prof. Chris Leaver was interviewed by East African Business Week‘s Kenan Kalagho – read excerpts below to hear Prof. Leaver’s views on food security, plant genetics and GM crops…

What is Bioscience for farming in Africa?
This is a programme specifically designed to encourage informed discussion about …

Banana breeding and Vitamin A-rich millet: how can plant genetics make a difference?

December 19th, 2012

Lominda Afedraru, a B4FA Media Fellow in Uganda, has recently published two intriguing articles on banana breeding to fight pests and diseases and on the prospect of Vitamin A-rich millet.
In her article on the challenges facing banana production in Uganda, she highlights the diseases that have plagued bananas.  Fortunately, researchers have accepted the …

$25.2m to be devoted to cassava in Africa, reports B4FA Media Fellow

December 16th, 2012

Writing in The East African,  B4FA Media Fellow Isaac Khisa reports that cassava research, breeding and production has recently received a boost in the form of a $25.2m five-year project, dubbed “Next Generation Cassava”, that is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID).

The aim of …

2013 B4FA Media Fellowship: Applications now open!

December 11th, 2012

Deadline: 31 December 2012

Following the success of the 2012 Media Fellowship, a second round of Media Fellows will be selected to participate in four-day workshops where they will gain insight into the history of plant breeding, how plant genetics work and whether plant breeding could help their country’s farmers cope …