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Jeremy T. Ouedraogo, a scientist in genetics and plant breeding, holds a PhD degree from the University Laval, Canada. His research focused on the use of biotechnology tools in plant breeding. Jeremy is the Director of African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE). Prior to this appointment he was a plant breeder, Head of the Plant Genetics and Biotechnology laboratory in the national research system of Burkina Faso. He has contributed to create many cowpea varieties that are released in Burkina Faso and other West African countries.
Since 2002, Jeremy has been fully involved in biotechnology/biosafety strategy development and implementation in his country. He has participated in the committee which elaborated the biosafety guidelines for Bt cotton trials and contributed to the approval of the referred trials as a member of the biosafety scientific committee member.
Jeremy is involved in the activities of public awareness and communication on biotechnology engineered crops through more than fifty presentations/conferences on modern biotechnology and GM crops in many African countries. He is involved in new biotech crops projects for Africa such as cowpea and sorghum in Burkina Faso. Jeremy has been a nominated Member of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum ABS External Advisory Board hosted by Africa Harvest Foundation.
Jeremy was an elected Member of Burkina Faso Parliament from 2007 to April 2011 where he contributed in strengthening MPs’ awareness in biosciences issues. Jeremy served as Minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries of Burkina Faso from 2011 to 2014.