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B4FA Week in Review – 30 September 2015

September 30th, 2015 /

Last week, 193 member states formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new road map for tackling poverty, inequality and climate change that replaces the Millennium Development Goals, which expire this year. The second SDG aims to abolish hunger and achieve food security while promoting sustainable agriculture, putting these issues front …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 September 2015

September 23rd, 2015 /

Maize takes the stage in African biotech news this week. Nigerian researchers have just released two new maize hybrids, according to an article by B4FA Fellow Jimoh Babatunde. The hybrids, which came out of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ibadan, mature early – a …

B4FA Week in Review – 16 September 2015

September 16th, 2015 /

This week in biotech news, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School Calestous Juma writes about the pest-resistant maize variety that Kenya is about to introduce. “It is estimated that the spotted stem borer and the African stem borer reduce Kenya’s maize crop by 13 per …

B4FA Week in Review – 9 September 2015

September 9th, 2015 /

The focus of this week’s very wide range of stories: the power of data.
Agriculture for Impact has released an online database on Sustainable Intensification in African agriculture. The database offers information on innovation and practices in the fields of ecology, genetics and socio-economics to build environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture. …

B4FA Week in Review – 2 September 2015

September 2nd, 2015 / B4FA

This week, we lead with a feature asking how we will be able to feed the 9 billion people likely to populate the world by 2050 while showing what percentage of household income is currently spent on food. There are big differences around the world, and this article also questions whether cheap food and …

B4FA Week in Review – 26 August 2015

August 26th, 2015 / B4FA

A very full week for biotech news, led by Nina Federoffformer adviser to the US Secretary of State defining genetic modification (GM) as the most critical technology in agriculture for meeting the challenges of feeding a growing global population and an interview with Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Laureate, whose new varieties of …

B4FA Week in Review – 19 Aug 2015

August 20th, 2015 / B4FA

Kenya continues to lead Africa’s biotech news this week, as the nation responds to Deputy President William Ruto’s recent proclamation that the Kenyan government would soon lift the ban on GM. Kenyan parliamentarians have assured scientists of their support for biotechresearch after touring various agri-biotechnology research facilities during a biotechnology travelling workshop in Nairobi. Meanwhile, Kenyan biotechnology …

B4FA Week in Review – 12 Aug 2015

August 12th, 2015 / B4FA

This week has seen a report on US scientists are working to develop faster or more complete methods to test for mycotoxins in feed crops as a way to increase feed safety and animal performance – mycotoxins have a direct impact on animal particularly gastrointestinal health. Then there is a piece from …

B4FA Week in Review – 4 Aug 2015

August 5th, 2015 / B4FA

This week has seen more about the new GM rice that both increases yields and reduces methane emissions – rice paddies contribute up to 17 per cent of human-induced methane emissions, and that contributes to climate change; the results came after a three-year field trial in China. “The new rice sounds like a …

B4FA Week in Review – 29 July 2015

July 29th, 2015 /

Did you know that rice contributes up to 17 percent of human-induced methane? Sugars produced by photosynthesis leak from the plants’ roots into the soil, where they are consume by methane-producing microorganisms, says an article this week in the New Scientist, which reports that researchers in Sweden, China and the US …

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