Ghanaians Urged to Embrace Biotech for Food Security
The first monthly session meeting of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) was held on September 30, 2011 in Accra, Ghana. The objective of the meeting was to bring together stakeholders in biotechnology and facilitate interactions between scientists, journalists, civil societies, law makers, and policy makers.
During the meeting, Dr. Yaa Difie Osei, Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, urged the Ghanaians to embrace biotechnology because it will significantly help solve food security problem and alleviate poverty in the country. She also mentioned the benefits of the technology to farmers, which includes increase yield, control of pests, and efficient use of money.
The initiative serves as a platform for stakeholders to exchange information and experiences and search for new ways to maximize the benefits of biotechnology.
This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)