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Idah Sithole Niang

PBS Technical Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa

In her position as the PBS Technical Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa, Idah Sithole Niang provides technical advice and guidance to PBS country programs in Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, and regional initiatives such as RABESA. She initiates and supports regular interaction with national (NRCM,

GIIBS, COSTECH) and regional policy-making bodies (COMESA, FANRPAN, NEPAD/ AU/ABNE) to communicate program results and promote their integration into policy processes. She also acts as a resource for training and outreach activities planned by PBS partners. She maintains regular, face-to-face interaction with country team leaders, regional partners, and USAID missions and communicates regularly on country and regional developments to IFPRI and USAID. She creates awareness of biosafety as an integral part of biotechnology and a critical factor in gaining public acceptance through the presentation of papers and other means of outreach. Idah’s biosafety-related achievements/activities include the review of country draft biosafety bills, and training for Confined Field Trials (CFT) in Mozambique and Malawi. Idah is a professor at the University of Zimbabwe. She believes work in biosafety is important because it is one approach that can help bring science-based decisionmaking to the approval of GM crops.