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Biotech Crops can help meet food, feed and fiber challenges

2012 June

African countries were encouraged, recently, to consider all agricultural innovations when solving the challenges of meeting food, feed and fiber demands. At the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) events in Uganda and Kenya, it was highlighted by Dr. Clive James that we have to use the best of agricultural biotechnologies and conventional technologies and create effective synergies to ensure we stand up to the task of feeding Africa’s rapidly growing population projected to hit 1.9 billion by 2050. Investing in biotechnology will shift the reliance on imports to local growth and self-sufficiency. OFAB strives to share accurate information about biotechnology in 6 African countries. James is the founder and Chair of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).