SOCBIO AFRI PROJECT: ADRESSING SOCIETAL CHALLENGES OF BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AFRICA.
TOWARDS BALANCED INNOVATION.
Aim of the project
SOCBIOAfri aims to contribute to research on privately and publicly financed biotechnology innovations in Africa,relating these to requirements for elaborating effective policy frameworks for biotechnology in Africa. It also aims to contribute to capacity-building in the analysis of biotechnology and in policy development.
What are the key differences between biotechnology-based agriculture projects in Africa as compared to current dominant agricultural farm systems in Africa with respect to the social and environmental consequences?
What are the key differences between commercially/privately funded and publicly funded biotechnology projects in several African countries with respect to the role of and socioeconomic impact on stakeholders, the choice of crops, IPR, required farm systems etc.?
What are the perceptions of stakeholders concerning the role of biotechnology in food security, food sovereignty, socioeconomic infrastructure and the environment? How can stakeholder interests and their views be represented in participatory decision-making procedures and innovation processes with respect to biotechnology policies?
What forms of biotechnology can support local African agricultural practices?
University of Groningen/Netherlands (Lead Partner)
Prof. Dr. Sjaak Swart, Prof. Dr. Henny Van der Windt, Dr. Peter Wessie, Prof. Dr. Joost Herman and Prof. Dr. Menno Gerkema
National Biosafety Authority / Kenya
Prof. Dr. Dorington O. Ogoyi and Prof. Dr. Edward K. Nguu
North West University (NWU) / South Africa
Prof.Dr. Johnnie van den Berg, Dr. Jan-Hendrik Groenewald and Mr. James Rhodes
Ghent University and IPBO / Belgium
Prof. Dr. Godelieve Gheysen, Prof. Dr. Stijn Speelman, Prof. Dr. Ivan Ingelbrecht and Dr. Sylvie De Buck
Université Libre de Bruxelles / Belgium
Prof. Dr. Mongher El Jarizi and Dr. Marie Baucher
University de Ouagadougou / Burkina Faso
Prof. Dr. Fatoumata Badini and Prof. Dr. Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo