USAID SUPPORTED BIOTECHNOLOGY OUTREACH PROGRAMME

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As most parts of the world adopt genetically modified products, there remains uncertainty, confusion and resistance to the technology in many parts of Africa, mainly due to low knowledge levels among citizenry, deliberate misinformation by anti-biotech groups and lack of exposure of the actual benefits of GM commercial crops. To address this problem, USAID Kenya has funded a project (USAID/KENYA Strategic Agricultural Biotechnology Outreach Support Programme - SO No 615 - 0007– 01), to create public knowledge and awareness in Biotechnology in Kenya. This National programme is implemented at the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

The goal of the biotechnology outreach programme is to create an enabling environment for biotechnology research and development, adoption and enhanced agriculture in Kenya through improved knowledge and awareness in biotechnology and biosafety, with the following objectives:

  1. Improve knowledge in biotechnology and biosafety among stakeholders
  2. To enhance balanced reporting on biotechnology and biosafety in electronic and printed media
  3. To enhance knowledge in biotechnology and biosafety among key policy advisors and decision makers

 

Date

Region

Venue

Target group

No of

Participants

 

13th to 14th January 2012

Lower Eastern

Machakos

Farmers, agric extension staff, consumer networks, NGOs, CBOs

77

20th to 21st January 2012

North Rift

Kitale

Farmers, agric extension staff, consumer networks, NGOs, CBOs

73

27th to 28th January 2012

North Nyanza

Kisumu

Farmers, agric extension staff, consumer networks, NGOs, CBOs

61

 

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