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B4FA Week in Review – 22 July 2015

July 22nd, 2015 / B4FA.org

Another week of interesting, informative and varied reports and news stories. A new book in the STEPS Centre’s Pathways to Sustainability series examines the impacts of GM crops and their potentials to contribute to sustainable agricultural futures and explores why GM crops have not been universally accepted as a public …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 July 2015

July 15th, 2015 / B4FA.org

Lots of interesting and informative reports out this week. African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has released a new report titled “GM and seed industry eye Africa’s lucrative cowpea seed markets: The political economy of cowpea in Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Malawi.” Cowpea, which originated in Southern Africa, is one …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 July 2015

July 8th, 2015 / B4FA.org

As the world looks forward to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP-21 conference in Paris starting on 30 November 2015, the relationship between climate change and agriculture is being examined. A piece from the Oxford Martin Program on the Future of Food points out that agriculture is not …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 July 2015

July 1st, 2015

Welcome to the latest edition of the B4FA Week in Review. This week, the New York Times offers a global overview of progress on the Zero Hunger Challenge – the UN’s global effort to end world hunger. The article considers the complexities of a changing climate, the need to focus …

B4FA Week in Review – 24 June 2015

June 24th, 2015

Good news this week on the fight against Yellow Rust. Scientists who created a method to track the spread of the disease are now working on a faster and cheaper diagnostic tool, resulting in a bigger, more accurate dataset that will quickly inform breeders and farmers to take early action …

B4FA Week in Review – 17 June 2015

June 17th, 2015

An emerging theme this week is the role of agriculture in Africa’s economy. The Guardian ran a feature, “Agriculture will drive Africa’s rise to economic power”, written by Dr Agnes Kalibata (president of Alliance for the Green Revolution in Africa),  who reflects on how agriculture is propelling economic growth on the …

B4FA Week in Review – 10 June 2015

June 10th, 2015

Lots of biotech stories from Africa this week – many of them from our own B4FA journalists. At the top of the list, the Tanzanian government has relaxed its GMO laws (Isaac Khisa), paving the way for scientists in the country to carry out confined trials on such disease-ravaged crops …

B4FA Week in Review – 3 June 2015

June 3rd, 2015

A new concept in crop biotech – known as “rewilding” – emerged in headlines this week. A group at the University of Copenhagen is proposing this term for a process of taking useful genes from ancient plant varieties and using modern methods for inserting these genes into modern plants, the …

B4FA Week in Review – 27 May 2013

May 27th, 2015

For decades, the farmers of East Africa have battled the African whitefly, a tiny insect that infests the cassava crop, threatening to destroy food security for millions of people. This week, we feature an interview with computational biologist Laura Boykin, who is working to clearly identify whitefly species so that …

B4FA Week in Review – 20 May 2013

May 20th, 2015

It’s a fascinating and overflowing grab bag of biotech news this week. Research geneticist Ram Singh at the University of Illinois has successfully crossed soybean with a related wild, perennial plant from Australia, producing the first fertile soybean plants resistant to soybean rust, soybean cyst nematode and other pathogens. In …

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