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ABNE Director Cites the Role of Biotechnology to Improve African Farmers' Lives

January 16, 2013

Dr. Diran Makinde, director of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, has acknowledged the role of biotechnology as a tool that can be used to increase agricultural productivity in Africa. ABNE is a continent-wide service network that has buy-in from the African governments to promote advancement of science and technology for agricultural development in Africa.

In a recent interview during the Agriculture for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) programme in Arusha, Tanzania, Dr. Makinde touched the role of science in Africa's food security and how genetically modified food can be used to increase food production in the region. He further opined that the moment two or three other countries in Africa start to adopt biotechnology, people will have different attitude towards the commercialization of food commodities which are products of agricultural biotechnology.

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