IITA, Cornell University, University of Ghana to train African scientists on gene editing
London, Feb. 21, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Cornell Alliance for Science in collaboration with the West African Centre for Crop Improvement based at the University of Ghana, Legon and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) are holding a training for African scientists on genome editing
The training schedule for 8 to 12 June in Ghana targets African scientists “who are using or want to use gene editing to improve agriculture in Africa.” Science communicators, farmers, and other workers in the agricultural industry are also encouraged to take part
Genome editing is a new tool, which can be used to improve crop yield and/or resistance to pests and diseases. IITA is at the forefront of genome editing research in Africa
Unlike biotechnology, which has faced a lot of resistance especially in the policy arena genome-edited products are for now regulated which will enable them to reach farmers and eventually consumers.
“Most counties are not regulating genome-edited products so we hope that they will not be regulated in Africa as well,” Tripathi, who is the Deputy Director of IITA’s Eastern African hub says in a video interview.
Genome editing, just like other innovations and practices seeks to contribute to feeding and nourishing a growing population.
According to projections from the UN Population Division report, the population of sub-Saharan Africa is projected to double by 2050. These people need to feed and tools such as genome editing can make a contribution.