To enhance and synergize research
capacity for biotechnology
innovation and development,
regulation, and public understanding
on biotech-led agricultural
and health solutions in Kenya.
Biotech crops are by large the fastest adopted crop technology in the history of modern agriculture. Indeed genetically modified foods (GMO), especially cereals, are now frequently encountered in international markets, even in developing countries. However, acceptance of GM foods in many countries and associated risk assessments have been undermined by contentious and vested political interests, economic contexts, and emotional responses by various stakeholders. Food security may be achieved only when we create an agricultural enabling environment and a more supportive policy environment for investment in sustainable and remunerative agriculture.
Agriculture remains a leading sector in global economy, contributing to approximately 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and employing well over 75 percent of the labor force. However, production in many parts of the world, especially the developing world, has been affected by factors that include pest damage, insufficient rainfall leading to water scarcity, and sub-optimal agricultural policies. Together with sub-optimal supply and distribution mechanisms, these have contributed to escalating levels of food insecurity in many parts of the less industrialized nations.
In these regions, specifically those with infant biosafety policies, programmes to improve knowledge and awareness in biosafety are required to enhance balanced reporting on biosafety. Awareness on biosafety need enhancement The need for knowledge and awareness in biosafety is urgent, especially in less industrialized nations to strengthen their capacities in Science, Technology and Innovation.
University of Nairobi
Mount Kenya University
University of Eldoret
Kenya Medical Association
Ministry of Agriculture