Implication Analysis for Biotechnology Regulation and Management in Africa: Baseline Studies for Assessment of Potential Effects of Genetically Modified Maize (Zea Mays L.) Cultivation in Ghanaian Agriculture

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Science - 240 pages
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Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are traded as staple crops on the world market. The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety gives sovereign rights to each country to implement its own regulatory regime to protect their landscapes and agricultural heritage. Data on the receiving environment for countries in Africa are limited. How would it be possible to maintain the options of agriculture with or without GMO, and organic farming? Decisions require not only lab-testing of crops but also data on the different agricultural structures, field sizes, and socioeconomic conditions. This book presents an introduction into the topic, experiences from biosafety research executed in the EU and most important, insight into small-scale African agriculture that is of highest relevance for food security of a population majority. The data substantiates, that crop purity as a condition to maintain cultivation options and access export markets require highest attention and solutions that still have to be found.
 

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Contents

Figures
17
Acronyms
23
Risk assessment of transgenic crops
37
Methodological approaches adapted from the international
43
Background
65
Methodology
79
Results
101
Discussion
179
Conclusion
201
References
207
Study background
225
Documentation of reagents materials and instruments used
235
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The Author: Denis Worlanyo Aheto was born in Ghana in 1972. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Natural Sciences focusing on Ecological Risk Assessment. He holds M.Sc. degrees in Rural Development (Swedish Agricultural University, Sweden) and in Tropical Aquatic Ecology (University of Bremen, Germany). He has earned several academic awards including the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship, Carlo Schmid Fellowship and the DAAD Prize 2007 for Academic Excellence and Social Engagement at the University of Bremen.

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