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Margaret Karembu

Communications and Outreach Advisor

Margaret Karembu has a doctorate in Environmental Science Education. In addition to her work with PBS, Margaret is a trainer in biosafety communications. She crafts effective outreach strategies for different stakeholders and is: skilled in environmental impact assessment procedures, conversant in participatory approaches to technology transfer and diffusion research, and adept at the management of partnerships for

facilitating the generation of evidence-based results. Her achievements/activities related to biosafety include: capacity building for communicating biotechnology and biosafety among scientists and biosafety regulators; facilitating policy outreach and engagement in biosafety legislation processes in selected African countries; and sharing knowledge and experiences on all aspects of crop biotechnology and their contributions to food security, poverty reduction and environmental conservation. This is done through partnerships in development, and the packaging and dissemination of various knowledge products to a wide cross-section of stakeholders. She works mostly in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and, on a more limited basis, Malawi); in North Africa (Egypt); and in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, and, on a more limited basis, Nigeria and Ghana). What excites Margaret most about biosafety is the dynamic nature of political systems and their impacts on biosafety decisions, and the diverse interpretations and understanding of what biosafety really is (and is not.)

Email: ifpri-pbs@cgiar.org