The African Union policies and decisions for the use of science technology and innovation in the implementation of a sustainable intensified african agriculture.

– Jeremy Ouedraogo –

Biography
Jeremy T. OUEDRAOGO is as a scientist in genetics and plant breeding and got his PhD at the University Laval, Canada in 2001. He focused his research on the use of biotechnology tools in plant breeding. He is now plant breeder, Head of the Plant Genetics and Biotechnology laboratory in the national research system of Burkina Faso. He has contributed to create many cowpea varieties that are released in Burkina Faso as well as in West African countries.
Since 2002, Jeremy Ouedraogo is fully involved in the biotechnology/biosafety strategy development and implementation in his country. He has participated in the committee which elaborated the biosafety guidelines for the Bt cotton trials, contributed to the approval of the referred trials as a member of the biosafety scientific committee member. Today he has played a key role in the release of the Bt cotton varieties in Burkina Faso.
Jeremy Ouedraogo is involved in the activities of public awareness and communication on biotechnology engineered crops through more than fifty presentations/conferences on modern biotechnology and GM crops in many African countries. He has been a key presenter during the 2004 High level conference on Modern Biotec co-organized by USA and Burkina Faso at Ouagadougou.
He is involved in new bioengineered crops projects for Africa such as Cowpea and Sorghum.
He has been nominated Member of the Africa Biofortified Sorghum ABS External Advisory Board hosted by Africa Harvest Foundation.
From 2007 to 2914 he has been elected Member parliament and nominated minister of animal resources and fisheries of the government of Burkina Faso.
Jeremy Ouedraogo is currently on the following positions:
• Since 2015, member of the Board of trustees of the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF)
• Since 2016, he is the Head of the Regional Office for West Africa of New Partership for Africa Development Agency (NEPAD) of the African Union and
• Director of the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE).