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November 1st, 2018 /

Eight years ago, Biosciences for Farming in Africa (B4FA) was set up to help African farmers unlock the continent’s huge agricultural potential.

Initially, we ran courses in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda, in collaboration with local scientists from universities and research institutes, providing training for more than 160 TV, radio and print journalists.

From this grew the B4FA Newswire as we recognized the need for a regular, accurate, unbiased and up-to-date source information for all those working to improve African agriculture and food security. Today, through social media, our website and weekly newsletter – this Week in Review– we communicate with more than 10,000 policy makers, decision takers, scientists, journalists, educators, extension workers, farmers and students.

There is much more to do.

B4FA needs funds to continue. Initial project funding from the John Templeton Foundation and the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre ended in 2016, since when we have received support for one year from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. But this, too, will end in early 2019 – we desperately need further financial support. And we would welcome your ideas on how we could develop and include news of your activities and contributions.

Can you help? Or do you know of someone who might? Please get in touch with us with your suggestions as soon as possible.

We really want to hear from you!

Chris Leaver                                         Bart Ullstein                              Karen Eng   

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