Biotechnology in Africa

Emergence, Initiatives and Future

  • Florence Wambugu
  • Daniel Kamanga

Part of the Science Policy Reports book series (SCIPOLICY, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Commercialized Genetically Modified Crops

  3. Building the Bio-economy and Commercialization Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Melaku Gedil, Leena Tripathi, Marc Ghislain, Morag Ferguson, Marie-Noelle Ndjiondjop, Lava Kumar et al.
      Pages 95-114
    3. M. M. Njuguna, F. M. Wambugu
      Pages 115-131
  4. Technologies in Development

  5. Capacity Development

  6. Biotechnology and Biosafety Regulation

  7. Communication and Community Engagement

  8. Political Challenges

About this book


In this book, Florence Wambugu and Daniel Kamanga of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International bring together expert African authorities to critique various biotechnology initiatives and project future developments in the field in Africa. For the first time, African voices from multidisciplinary fields as diverse as economics, agriculture, biotechnology, law, politics, and academia, demand to be allowed to set the continent’s biotech development agenda. This book argues that there is a great future for biotechnology in Africa which sidesteps western interests that do not match those of the local populace. In these diverse chapters, Africa’s political and scientific leaders demand a greater say in how research and development funds are allocated and spent. They argue that Africa’s political leaders must see both clear benefits and have elbow-room to drive the change required. This is the way that African governments can employ workable policies, suitable biosafety legislation and regulation, and respond effectively to public-private partnerships. Wambugu and Kamanga show that biotechnology has the potential to improve food security and standard of living as well as mitigate the detrimental effects of climate change on the African continent.


Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International African Agriculture Technology Foundation Bioeconomy Florence Wambugu Maize Streak Virus (MSV) Pharmaceutical biotech Xerophyta viscosa bioentrepreneurship microbial fermentation

Editors and affiliations

  • Florence Wambugu
    • 1
  • Daniel Kamanga
    • 2
  1. 1.Africa Harvest Biotech FoundationNairobiKenya
  2. 2.Africa Harvest Biotech FoundationNairobiKenya

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04000-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04001-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-1965
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-1973
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