Biotech Updates

Ghanaian Minister Sounds Off Biotech to Address Environmental Challenges

August 26, 2011

Research institutions should collaborate to address environmental challenges in Ghana. Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Deputy Minister of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST) in Ghana made this appeal at a Biotechnology Awareness Creation Workshop in Accra. The Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) organized the workshop on "Strengthening Capacity for Safe Biotechnology Management in Sub-Saharan Africa" with support from NEPAD Agency and the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) on the theme.  

Boamah said biotechnology could help address poverty, hunger and disease. "When we look at the enormous death toll at the Horn of Africa at this moment one stops to think what plants developed for drought resistance could have done for the countries involved," he said. The Deputy Minister assured the Government's determination to pass the Biosafety Law and advised researchers to help influence policy makers on its merits. 

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