Advancing biotechnology in Africa: Reflections from Kenya and Zambia

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In a concerted effort to advance agricultural biotechnology in Africa, IITA, the University of California-Davis, and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) recently organized two pivotal workshops on biotechnology in Kenya from 8 to 10 May and Zambia from 13 to 15 May.

IITA Director for Eastern Africa Hub and Biotechnology Leader Leena Tripathi stated, “Biotechnology holds the key to sustainable agriculture in Africa, offering innovative solutions to enhance crop yields, improve resilience to climate change, and reduce the environmental impact of farming practices.”

In his remarks, the Director of the Seed Biotechnology Center and Scientific Director at the African Orphan Crops Consortium at the University of California-Davis, Dr Allen Van Deynze, explained: “These workshops were designed to equip key stakeholders, including officials from national biosafety authorities, agricultural researchers, and university academics, with the latest knowledge and advancements in agricultural biotechnology, particularly genome editing.”

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