THE OPEN FORUM ON AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AFRICA (OFAB)

Promoting agricultural biotechnology in Africa

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Biotechnology advances are reshaping agriculture and improving food security among other spheres. However, agricultural biotechnology is a relatively misunderstood science, especially in Africa. As with most new ideas, cutting through the myths and misinformation is a daunting but necessary task, which if not handled well can rollback any advantages inherent in the technology.

In the face of a rapidly growing population, declining agricultural productivity, climate change and reduced resources available for agricultural research, policymakers are pressed to make the right decisions and are looking for guidance.

The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) Project facilitates constructive conversations among key stakeholders and decision-makers on agricultural biotechnology. For both policymakers and the larger public, OFAB facilitates quality engagements and conversations on the safety and benefits of modern biotechnology.

OFAB, a project of AATF, is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is being implemented in seven countries—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia. The objectives include:

  • 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 the 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.

AATF PROJECTS

TELA Maize

TAAT Maize

TAAT Policy Enabler

Cowpea Project

MLN Project

OUR CONTRIBUTION

Aligned to the Africa Union Agenda 2063, OFAB’s vision is for 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.

Agri-biotechnology is one of the key forces to promote food security, social progress, and economic prosperity in the world” Hapeng Jia.

PROJECT BENEFIT

FARMERS

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

BUSINESSES

Better yields and profits for commercial farmers who are using biotech crops such as Bt maize, Bt cotton and Bt cowpea.

SOCIETY

Improved environmental impact of farming due to genetically engineered crops that have cut chemical pesticide use by 37%, increased crop yields by 22% and boosted farmer profits by 68%.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

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Number of OFAB Chapters in Africa - Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
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Hectares of biotech crops planted in 2018 across 26 –countries

FIELD & IMPACT STORIES

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PROJECT PARTNERS

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Vitumbiko Chinoko

Project Manager – OFAB

PROJECT INVESTORS

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.

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