Project Contacts


Vitumbiko Chinoko

Project Manager, OFAB


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports the TELA, Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa, QBS, the Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design projects and has contributed to integrating IT into CAMAP. The Foundation previously supported the WEMA project and also provided core funding for organizational operational support.

Vision of Success/Goal

  • Aligned to the Africa Union Agenda 2063, OFAB’s vision is for a sustainable food security and agriculture-driven economic development in Africa
  • The mission of OFAB is to improve the policy environment and empower stakeholders to make informed choices on agricultural biotechnology in Africa




  • Establish and manage a range of platforms to enhance understanding of biotechnology in agriculture for productivity;
  • Contribute to informing policy decision making processes on matters of agricultural biotechnology through provision of factual, well researched and scientific information;
  • Forge strategic alliances for optimization of resources through convening and encouraging inter-institutional networking and knowledge sharing in the agricultural biotechnology space;
  • Enhance targeted capacity strengthening that will improve communication across all sectors interested in biotechnology for African agricultural development.

More About the Project

OFAB is committed to ensuring that smallholder farmers benefit from access to products of biotechnology for better crop protection, human health and environmental protection

Biotech crops such as Bt maize, Bt cotton and Bt cowpea contribute to better yields and improved health of farmers through reduced use of pesticides.

More reliable harvests for small scale farmers – most of whom are women – so they can feed their families and increase their incomes.

Biotechnology can improve environmental impacts of farming. On average, genetically engineered crops have cut chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22% and boosted farmer profits by 68%[i]


OFAB organizes biotechnology tour visits for stakeholders – policy makers, students, farmers – to experience first-hand the benefits of the technology

OFAB facilitates engagements and information sharing between scientists, policy makers, media and the public to support knowledge sharing, broaden understanding and address misinformation

OFAB platforms provide opportunities for networking and exploring new avenues of bringing the benefits of biotechnology to Agricultural sector in Africa

Key Numbers

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Number of OFAB Chapters in Africa - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria

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Number of journalists engaged and empowered to report accurately on agricultural biotechnology

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Number of countries in Africa that grow GM crops as at 2018 (South Africa, Burkina Faso,…

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Hectares of biotech crops planted in 2018 across 26 –countries


Information and Resources

AATF [African Agricultural Technology Foundation]. 2018. Analysis of Effects of Ban on Importation of GM Foods on Food Security, Research and Training in Kenya. Nairobi, Kenya: African Agricultural Technology Foundation

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Ojanji, W and D. Otunge. 2017. Media Reporting on Biotechnology: Perspectives from African Journalists. Nairobi, Kenya: African Agricultural Technology Foundation.

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AATF. 2017. The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB): A Decade of Success, 2006-2016. Nairobi, Kenya: African Agricultural Technology Foundation.

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Policy Environment and Public Participation

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The Role of Biotechnology in mitigating impacts of drought on maize production in Kenya

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Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa Brief

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