This report follows a survey of seven countries of West and Central Africa, assessing the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for the application of biotechnology in the subregion. Sponsored by the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, the original survey led to a second, more in-depth study, funded by the West and Central African Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (WECARD), to analyse the capacity to apply agri-biotechnology for food security in West and Central Africa.

The report considers issues such as biotechnology research capacity, personnel base and infrastructure support services, along with levels of public awareness of biotechnology and biosafety. The author of the report recommends focussing on existing strengths in Senegal, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to help with biotechnology training, as well as addressing specific problems that require high-level research capacity.

This report was submitted for a stakeholders’ workshop to define the priorities for a regional framework of action in biotechnology and biosafety. It will be of interest to those involved in setting agendas and capacity building.


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