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NEW PUBLICATIONS HIGHLIGHT KEY CONSIDERATIONS FOR AGBIOTECH IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA


This month, our Centre published two articles that highlight key considerations for agricultural biotechnology in Sub-Saharan Africa:


She Came, She Saw, She Sowed: Re-negotiating Gender-Responsive Priorities for Effective Development of Agricultural Biotechnology in Sub-Saharan Africa, Obidimma C. Ezezika, Jennifer Deadman, Abdallah S. Daar


For full access to this article, please click HERE.


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How can gender issues be better attended to in agricultural biotechnology in Sub-Saharan Africa (SAA), when they are often overlooked?  Based on our experience in SSA, in this article we suggest that this can be done in five ways: 1) decision-making for crop and trait selection 2) inclusion in agbiotech research and development 3) representation in extension services and farmers’ associations 4) access to resources necessary for biotech crop adoption and cultivation 5) control over post-harvest management and income generation. We then provide recommendations for attending to these issues in policy and project development.


Trait Stacking for Biotech Crops: An Essential Consideration for Agbiotech Development Projects for Building Trust, Obidimma C. Ezezika, Nadira Saleh, Abdallah S. Daar


For full access to this article, please click HERE


Bt Maize Farmers - Alexandria Egypt
The success of humanitarian agricultural biotechnology projects depends in part on building trust with the communities and farmers they aim to serve. Our social audit engagement with one of these initiatives, the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project, has revealed that a critical but unrecognized component of building trust with farmers involves publicly addressing the concerns surrounding stacked trait crops. As a result, we argue in this article that it is important to actively anticipate the concerns that could be raised over trait stacking by incorporating them early into global access plans of such initiatives in order to facilitate adoption, provide the best value to the small-scale farmer, and gain trust with communities and farmers.


For further information, please contact Obidimma Ezezika at obidimma.ezezika@srcglobal.org

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