Biotech Updates

Trait Stacking for Biotech Crops: An Essential Consideration for Agbiotech Development

June 1, 2012

An article about an outcome of a social audit engagement with the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project was recently published in the online journal Agriculture & Food Security. The report was a response to the concerns raised over the use of stacked traits in Africa.

The report revealed that "a critical but unrecognized component of building trust with farmers involves publicly addressing the concerns surrounding stacked trait crops." The authors also argue that "it is important to actively anticipate the concerns that could be raised over trait stacking by incorporating them early into global access plans of such initiatives in order to facilitate adoption, provide the best value to the small-scale farmer, and gain trust with communities and farmers."

See the full report at For more information, contact Obidimma Ezezika at