Crop Biotech Update

Calabarstate in Nigeria to Partner with Biotech Researchers on Food Security

November 21, 2012

At the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) held on 13 November 2012, Nigerian Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina affirmed his support for agricultural biotechnology through a message read by South South Regional Director of the Ministry, Martins Odey. He said, "Before we can transform Nigeria into a leading player in global food markets and to grow wealth for millions of farmers and ordinary Nigerians, we must partner with relevant research institutions particularly agricultural biotechnology institutes in and outside the country."

Concluding the statement, he said, "For Nigeria to become hunger-free, accelerate the achievement of food and nutritional security, generate employment and drive income growth of farmers, then the country cannot afford to lag behind."

See the full story at http://allafrica.com/stories/201211160465.html. For information on biotechnology in Africa, contact ISAAA AfricCenter Director Margaret Karembu at m.karembu@isaaa.org.