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Projected Farm Income Gains in the COMESA/ASARECA Region from Commercialization of BT Cotton

The overall objective of this report is to generate information on genetically modified cotton crops, with regard to biotechnology, biosafety policy, choices and options. This brief also examines constraints posed by the bollworm in the production...

Managing Knowledge for Development: Lessons from Kenyan Modern Biotechnology Regulatory Process

This paper shows how challenges linked to modern biotechnology - related knowledge management - contribute to the slow pace of biotechnology development in a developing country context. It draws lessons from Kenya’s experience in instituting regul...

Environmental Suitability and Agro-environmental Zoning of Kenya for Biofuel Production

The objective of this study was to conduct an agro-climatic and environmental zoning of Kenya in order to produce maps showing the country’s biodiversity, variety of land uses, protected areas and sites that were suitable for growing biofuel feeds...

Governing Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa Building Public Confidence and Capacity for Policy-making

"Persistent poor agricultural production and rising food insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa have brought into sharp focus the role of modern agricultural biotechnology in human development. Growing food insecurity in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozam...

Could ICT be the Solution to Woo Youth to Agriculture?

"Agriculture still remains the backbone of Kenya’s economy sustaining over 75% of the homesteads in the country. It accounts for 27% of Kenya’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 60% of the total export earnings as well as 45% of government reven...

Bioenergy Policy Review in Tanzania

"Biofuel is a fast growing sector in Tanzania. some companies are acquiring big tracts of land, some up to 400 000 hectares for growing biofuel crops. It is believed that the country has a reserve of 88 million hectares for agriculture. The govern...

Paradigms, Processes and Practicalities of Land Reform in Post-conflict Sub-Saharan Africa

"This chapter will examine the paradigms and processes involved in drafting or reforming land policies and laws in two very different African countries: Eritrea and Zimbabwe. Whereas Rwanda, Burundi and some parts of north-eastern DRC have very h...

Livestock Sector Dynamics from Policy Actors' Perspectives

The livestock sector in Kenya employs 90% of the rural population. This sector contributes about 42% of agricultural GDP and earns about 30% of the country foreign exchange through agricultural products. However the poverty-reduction potential has...

The Bumpy Path Towards Knowledge Convergence for Pro-Poor Agro-Biotechnology Regulation and Development: Exploring Kenya's Regulatory Process

Important for this paper is the dynamics brought about by regulatory pressures and what this means for knowledge use towards productive debates that could lead to pro-poor biotechnology development. In view of this, there is need to re-orient the ...

Mapping Climate Vulnerability and Poverty in Africa

"The overall aims of DFID’s new research programme on climate change and development in sub-Saharan Africa are to improve the ability of poor people to be more resilient to current climate variability as well as to the risks associated with longe...

The Role of Policy Brokers: The Case of Biotechnology in Kenya

"The purpose of this paper is to highlight specific activities of brokers in the biotechnology regulatory process and to report on and critically examine their emergence in relation to what this might mean for a renewed pro-development debate s...

Oyola and Wakesi in Kenya: Locals Adapting to Effects of Climate Change

Adaptation has become part of the discourse of global warming and is now widely recognized as a fundamental and necessary response to the threat posed by the climatic changes that will occur, or are already occurring due to past and present carbon...

Lived Experiences: Adaptation to Climate Change in Gogonyo Sub-County, Palisa District, Uganda

"Climate change has become a local phenomenon just as it is global. The magnitude of climate variability is now being felt at almost all scales and in all regions with extreme events such as drought, excessive rainfall, cold and heat waves as well...

Farmers Moving Towards Resilience Suid Bokkeveld Case Study on Climate Change Adaptation, South Africa

This case study describes some aspects of development processes underway in the Suid Bokkeveld in recent years, and focuses on the adaptive aspects. The Suid Bokkeveld was a pilot site for this project, and the on-going adaptation processes wit...

Gender Dimensions of Science and Technology African Women in Agriculture

"African governments and international partners have made a commitment to women’s and girls’ access and participation to science and technology. This paper will concern itself specifically with the plight of African women in agriculture because th...

Projected Farm Income Gains in the COMESA/ASARECA Region from Commercialization of BT Maize

"How much income might farmers gain if Bt maize were released for commercial planting in the COMESA/ASARECA region? Bt maize gives farmers a more effective and less costly way to control damage from certain categories of insects, including the sta...

Toward a Regional Policy on GMO Crops among COMESA/ASARECA Countries / Vers une politique régionale sur les cultures OGM dans les pays du COMESA/ASARECA

"Since 1995, genetically modified (GM) varieties of agricultural crops have been planted commercially and consumed widely in a growing number of countries. As of 2005, some 8.5 million farmers around the world were planting GMO crops. Over a tota...

The African Technopolitan Vol 5 January 2016

This issue of the African Technopolitan has as its main article " The poverty of development strategy in Africa". This article argues that Africa’s economic and techno-scientific progress is being lionized prematurely, to the detriment of its long...

International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD): The Process Revisited

Six years ago, the World Bank and the Food and Agricultural Organization set up a consultative process to find out whether an international assessment of agricultural knowledge science and technology (AKST) was needed. The IAASTD was launched in S...

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