Capacity building for biosafety and ecological impact assessment of transgenic plants in East Africa

Ecosystem diversity and function: analysis and simulation

The course will be held 30 August - 3 September 2010 at University of Das es Salaam, Tanzania.

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Background and objectives

Food security is a major concern in Africa, and there is an urgent need for tools to increase crop production on this continent. Gene technology may be one of the many tools that may be used. However, one of the main obstacles to adaption of this technology, vividly demonstrated recently by the genetically modified (GM)-maize food aid crisis in southern Africa, is the lack of capacity to assess the agricultural and ecological impacts of introducing GM crops. There is, therefore, need for capacity building within the field of risk assessment/risk analysis.

The long-term vision of the project is to build up capacity to cope with the challenges of introducing genetically modified crops in East Africa by developing a platform for capacity building on biosafety impact assessment of transgenic plants.

Who are we?

This project is a collaboration with scientists from University of Nairobi and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute in Kenya, Makerere University in Uganda, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, University of Aarhus and University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The BiosafeTrain-project, funded by the programme on Enhancement of Research Capacity (ENRECA), Danida. The project started in December 2004 and Phase 2 (2008-2010) of this project is ongoing.

BiosafeTrain Steering Committee meeting, Denmark, July 2009

From left: I. Fromsgaard, J. Kinyamario, R. Amata, N. Amugune, R. Edema, M. Rubindamayugi, N. Holst, F. Ekelund (student supervisor), J. Owango, G. Lovei, B. Møller. Missing: T. Hauser.