FARA co-hosts Stewardship Seminar

21–23 September. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana, organized the Strengthening Capacity for Safe Biotechnology Management in SSA (SABIMA) stewardship awareness creation workshop for policymakers, national agricultural research systems, universities, ministries, CSOs and other stakeholders in the Ghanaian agricultural sector. The workshop created awareness and built capacity for qualitative work on agricultural biotechnology at all stages of the value chain from the laboratory to the consumer. SABIMA is FARA’s flagship project on biotechnology capacity strengthening, under the umbrella of the African Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy Platform (ABBPP). SABIMA is managed by FARA and implemented in six countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. The project is funded by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA), based in Switzerland.

The Green Revolution in Africa Forum (GRAF) was held for the first time in Africa. The venue was the Ghana International Convention Centre in Accra. Prof Monty Jones played an active role in the deliberations, which included a panel discussion about the legacy of Dr Norman Borlaug, who passed away last year. Dr Borlaug established the World Food Prize, which was awarded to Prof Jones in 2004, with the money he received when he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in fomenting the Green Revolution. Dr Borlaug struggled to establish the Green Revolution in Africa for the remainder of his life.

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The rise of the matriarch

What would a women-led society look like? Imagine a community where women are the leaders at all levels, where all major decisions affecting the communities are taken by women, and men are only allowed minimal participation in advisory roles. Thenimagine a community founded by women, populated by women only, and ...

updated: 2013-07-26 02:45

No weakest link in the future of African agriculture

Naomi Sakana of IFPRI with ILRI’s Ewen Le Borgne at AASW6. Forging partnerships between stakeholders is the key to a productive future, and the real value of the AASW6 conference. When things come to an end, it is inevitable that one begins to look to the future. Several things ...

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Why blame me?

Who can blame the youth for running away from agriculture? A young man graduated from the university with highest honors in Agricultural Science. He travelled back to his village only to endure hardships such as fetching water from the stream for his bath, going to sleep early because there was ...

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Honoris causa for Prof Jones

16 September. The degree of Philosophia Doctor (Honoris causa) was conferred on FARA Executive Director Prof Monty Jones by Dr Khotso Mokhele, Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa. In the photo, Prof Jones appears with Prof Frans Swanepoel, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture.

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