Can biotechnology drive an African green revolution?

By DH Mignouna, SO Oikeh and DF Mataruka
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), P.O. Box 30709-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Africa is the only continent in the world where the per capita food production has consistently declined for the past four decades. To reverse this trend and increase agricultural productivity, Africa needs to embrace innovative technologies including biotechnology tools and its products. An African green revolution has begun in some countries through the adoption of new technologies. Africa should embrace improved crop varieties developed through both conventional and advanced modern biotechnology. To facilitate this, AATF in partnership with private and public institutions set out to develop, test and deploy in Sub-Sahara Africa, crops that are resistant to insect pests, diseases, and soil salinity tolerance along with those that have enhanced nitrogen and water use efficiency using biotechnology tools and products.

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