Biotech Updates

First Transgenic Drought Tolerant Maize Trials in Eastern Africa

January 7, 2011

The first transgenic drought tolerant maize trials under the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project were planted in confined fields in Uganda on 25 November and in Kenya on 1 December 2010 following the regulatory approval given by the respective national biosafety committee/ authority. The permit approval to conduct similar confined field trials in Tanzania is being awaited.

For more information, contact Sylvester Oikeh, WEMA project manager, at or Grace Wachoro, project communications officer at