AfDB-IFPRI Stakeholder Consultation Meeting on Agriculture Biotechnology in Africa

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From: 15/02/2012
To: 16/02/2012
Location: Nairobi, Kenya

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will organize an important meeting to present and discuss the findings and recommendations of a study commissioned by AfDB on agriculture biotechnology for Africa from 15-16 February 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The economic and social significance of Africa’s agriculture sector is widely acknowledged. However, due to a variety of reasons, the sector has not been performing well, and this, among other things, is affecting food security, inclusive growth and poverty reduction. The urgent need to transform Africa’s agriculture sector into a competitive and high potential driver of balanced economic development using advanced technology has been extensively debated.  

To this end, in June 2011, the AfDB Group commissioned IFPRI to conduct a comprehensive and evidence-based study on agriculture biotechnology in Africa to assist African countries to address their agriculture and food security problems. The consultation meeting will discuss the findings and recommendations of the study for broad stakeholder validation, prioritize key areas which need to be addressed, and identify and agree on roles, responsibilities and resources needed to implement priority actions.  Some of the main recommendations from the study include the need to enhance support for the following: data collection, capacity building; renewed cooperation on biotechnology with sub-Saharan African countries, and outreach and communication to the public at large. In this regard, the report is an important step in the right direction.

Approximately 80 representatives of development organizations, senior African policy makers, private sector officials, scientists, researchers, and farmers organizations will participate in the meeting.


Eugene Leger Nkollo Ndongo - Cameroon 13/02/2012 07:14
faire de l'Afrique un grenier grace a une production alimentaire efficace est aussi une solution pour juguler ce fameux probleme de crise et d'insuffisance alimentaire dont la population fait face. s'inscrire dans la logique de la mise enn oeuvre effective des nouvelles methodes et strategies de production intensive et qui peuvent mieux s'adapter au nouveau contexte de l'environnement menace par les effets nefastes des changements climatiques. tous nos efforts doivent concourir a offrir au continent et bien au-dela, une alimentation de qualite et en quantite pour pretendre contribuer a notre maniere au develeppement socio-economique, car sans force et une sante alimentaire adequates, l'etre humain de saurait s'atteler a autre projet que celui de la recherche de la pitance.
PETER MASASHUA - Tanzania 10/02/2012 16:40
I think it's now high time to sit down we Africans and discuss this disaster of hunger facing our continent.

Also apart from using improved seed varieties, Bio-Tech add a boost in making sure we increase crop yield per unit area of land right down to the farmers.

We can only achieve this if our governments acts as key players in this huge undertaking and they should have a sense of ownership in this matter.

My next point is, Let us think of developing most affordable and cost effective technologies applicable to the majority of our income marginalized peasants in the villages.

Finally, Please discuss pron and cons of Biotech in relation to Genetically Modified foods and see if the stuff applies to Africa's setting. Put more emphasis on basic cereal crops like Maize, Millet, Rice, Cassava and Legumes. Don't rush into conclusion.

Thanks a lot for giving me this opportunity.

Peter Masashua
(BSc. Agric. Educ & Extension, SUA-Tanzania)

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