Biotechnology said to be essential for Africa
Speakers at an International short course for Policy Makers in Ghana and Nigeria say biotechnology may not be a panacea for food security in Africa but very essential.
With 65 per cent of Africa’s labour workforce employed by agriculture coupled with aging farmers, climate change, drought and famine and the youth shunning agriculture, Biotech stands to optimise productivity and contribute to food, feed and fiber security.
The global challenge of doubling food by 2050 with less resources in water and Africa’s population is estimated to reach four million in 2100; there is the need to adopt a crop improvement strategy that integrates the best of conventional and the best of the new (Biotech) to optimise productivity and contribute to food, feed and fiber security and address climate change, they noted.
Photo Credit: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture