Science Policy Reports

Biotechnology in Africa

Emergence, Initiatives and Future

Editors: Wambugu, Florence, Kamanga, Daniel (Eds.)

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

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.

About the authors

Dr. Florence Wambugu is the Founder, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI) from 2002 to the present. She is a renowned plant pathologist who is dedicated to fighting hunger, poverty and malnutrition in Africa. She has made significant contributions in research, development and improved production in maize, pyrethrum, banana, sweet potato, sorghum and forestry in Kenya and Africa. She received her Bachelor of Science in botany from the University of Nairobi, her Master's in pathology from North Dakota State University and her PhD from the University of Bath. Her three-year post-doctoral work in the USA was funded by Monsanto. She is the recipient of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute's (KARI) 1989 Crop Science Award for outstanding scientist of the year. She received the World Bank Global Development Network Award in 2000 for successful introduction of the tissue-culture banana in Kenya and also won the Woman of the Year Award by Eve Magazine that year. She is the author and publisher of Modifying Africa: How Biotechnology Can Benefit the Poor. Her transformational work in Africa has been featured in one of the highly viewed BBC documentaries called Jimmy Global Farm. Amongst her international speaking engagements, Dr. Wambugu was one of the key guest speakers during the 2009 Heads of Government of the Commonwealth meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Recently she was presented to Queen Elizabeth in recognition of her significant contribution in science, technology and society. She is recipient of numerous local and international honours, awards and grants with the most recent being the Yara Prize Award given by the Norway-based Yara Foundation in recognition of her advocacy of biotechnology to increase food production in Africa. Dr. Wambugu has served as a board member for international institutions, which include Private Sector Committee of CGIAR, United Nations Millennium Development goals Hunger task force and currently, she is serving as a Council Member of the Japan Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum, a member of the Global Agenda Council on food Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a member of the Science Board, Grand Challenges for Global Health (GCGH), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a Steering Committee Member of the European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES).

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • The Importance of Political Will in Contributions of Agricultural Biotechnology Towards Economic Growth, Food and Nutritional Security in Africa

    Wambugu, Florence Muringi

    Pages 1-11

  • Bt Cotton in Burkina Faso Demonstrates That Political Will Is Key for Biotechnology to Benefit Commercial Agriculture in Africa

    Traoré, H. (et al.)

    Pages 15-36

  • Opportunities and Challenges of Commercializing Biotech Products in Egypt: Bt Maize: A Case Study

    Assem, Shireen K.

    Pages 37-51

  • Genetically Modified Crops Commercialized in South Africa

    Morris, E. Jane (et al.)

    Pages 53-65

  • Moving Africa Towards a Knowledge-Based Bio-economy

    Morris, E. Jane

    Pages 69-93

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eBook $139.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-04001-1
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-04000-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: October 6, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-37456-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biotechnology in Africa
Book Subtitle
Emergence, Initiatives and Future
Editors
  • Florence Wambugu
  • Daniel Kamanga
Series Title
Science Policy Reports
Series Volume
7
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04001-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04001-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04000-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37456-7
Series ISSN
2213-1965
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 291
Number of Illustrations and Tables
49 illustrations in colour
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