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Chemistry - Biotechnology | Biotechnology in Africa - Emergence, Initiatives and Future

Biotechnology in Africa

Emergence, Initiatives and Future

Series: Science Policy Reports, Vol. 7

Wambugu, Florence, Kamanga, Daniel (Eds.)

2014, XI, 291 p. 49 illus. in color.

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  • Biotechnology in Africa summarised by African experts
  • Mix of science and policy critiques and recommendations
  • Multidisciplinary incorporating elements of economics, agriculture, law and pharmacy

In this book, Florence Wambugu and Daniel Kamanga of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International bring together expert African authorities to critique various biotechnology initiatives and project future developments in the field in Africa. For the first time, African voices from multidisciplinary fields as diverse as economics, agriculture, biotechnology, law, politics, and academia, demand to be allowed to set the continent’s biotech development agenda. This book argues that there is a great future for biotechnology in Africa which sidesteps western interests that do not match those of the local populace. In these diverse chapters, Africa’s political and scientific leaders demand a greater say in how research and development funds are allocated and spent. They argue that Africa’s political leaders must see both clear benefits and have elbow-room to drive the change required. This is the way that African governments can employ workable policies, suitable biosafety legislation and regulation, and respond effectively to public-private partnerships. Wambugu and Kamanga show that biotechnology has the potential to improve food security and standard of living as well as mitigate the detrimental effects of climate change on the African continent.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International - African Agriculture Technology Foundation - Bioeconomy - Florence Wambugu - Maize Streak Virus (MSV) - Pharmaceutical biotech - Xerophyta viscosa - bioentrepreneurship - microbial fermentation

Related subjects » Agriculture - Biotechnology - Environmental Management - Pharmacology & Toxicology - Plant Sciences - R&D / Technology Policy

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