BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AFRICA
Biotechnology applications, use and products continue to make significant contribution in enabling enhanced food production, improved supply of clean water and safe environment, reduced environmemtal degradation, better health care and more efficient industrial development processes estimated to have generated total revenues in excess of $1.1 trillion in 2011. A low awareness and understanding on the relevance, appropriateness and safety of biotechnology has partly been blamed for slow adoption of the technology in Africa.
To stay on track alongside such countries as South Africa, Burkina Faso, Egypt and most recently Sudan, towards embracing modern biotechnology for social economic transformation and sustainable development. The Vision 2030 MTP II commits the national government to strengthen public awareness and participation on biosafety decision making for responsible deployment of biotechnology. In addition, Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Act 2013 mandates National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) to engage with county governments in ST&I matters taking into account legislative, administrative and mechanisms at interntional, regional and national levels for sound social economic development.