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The benefits of biotechnology for small-scale banana producers in Kenya (ISAAA briefs)

Florence M. Wambugu

The benefits of biotechnology for small-scale banana producers in Kenya (ISAAA briefs)

by Florence M. Wambugu

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Published by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) .
Written in English


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Number of Pages34
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Open LibraryOL12214619M
ISBN 101892456265
ISBN 109781892456267
OCLC/WorldCa47639893

  biotechnology: micro-propagation (also known as tissue culture), molecular markers and genetic engineering. Micro-propagation has been successfully applied in the production of disease free bananas in Kenya (Wambugu and Kiome, ; Qaim, ). Molecular markers have helped. In Kenya, about 2, healthy banana plantlets are produced from a single shoot of tissue culture practice compared to ten suckers from a single banana plant in Kenya within six months. Tissue culture banana in Kenya produces faster and fruits within days compared to days for conventional bananas in Kenya.

The Tissue Culture (TC) banana project facilitated under her leadership has impacted over a half million small-scale farmers and lifted them from poverty to sustainable livelihoods. Dr. Wambugu is a strong believer in the power of science and technology including biotechnology to boost food s: 1. The Benefits of Biotechnology for Small-Scale Banana Producers in Kenya, ISAAA Briefs No. 22, ISAAA, Ithaca, NY, pp. 1– Biotechnology to Benefit Small-scale Banana Producers in Kenya.

(see Potential benefits/Increased nutrition-al value,overleaf). Biotechnology developments are large-ly protected by patents or other forms of intellectual property rights. One key issue is the extent to which the right of small-scale farmers to reuse genetically engineered seeds from their harvest for the next planting season will be respected.   Benefits and opportunities• Conventional breeding of banana is difficult and time consuming.• Gene technologies for improvement are becoming available.• Transformation technologies are available.• Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy are in place in many countries. 7.


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The benefits of biotechnology for small-scale banana producers in Kenya (ISAAA briefs) by Florence M. Wambugu Download PDF EPUB FB2

Farms that the overall project on Banana Biotechnology to Benefit Small-scale Banana Growers in Kenya was conceived. The project intended to build and upgrade banana TC capacity, to expand the genetic base of banana and the varietal choice for growers by exchanging and introducing selected superior banana varieties with enhanced pest and disease resistance and higher yield from.

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Request PDF | BIOTECHNOLOGY TO BENEFIT SMALL-SCALE BANANA PRODUCERS IN KENYA | This project was conceived in response to the rapid decline in banana (Musa) production experienced in Kenya over the. Benefits of TC technology for small-scale banana producers in Kenya (Source: ISAAA) In Kenya, as in many parts of the tropical and subtropical developing world, banana is a highly important food crop.

Thus the broad goal of the project was to make available to small-scale resource-poor farmers clean and improved banana seedlings to alleviate the increasing poverty and hunger in Kenya. These farmers make up to nearly 80 % of the Kenyan population and their agricultural production, which is mainly subsistence, contributes over 90 % of food.

Wambugu F, Karembu M, Njuguna M, Wanyangu SW () Biotechnology to benefit small-scale banana producers in Kenya. Global Development Network, New Delhi Google Scholar Wambugu F, Kiome R () The benefits of biotechnology for small-scale banana farmers in Kenya. Considering Kenya as a whole, less than 10 % of all banana farmers h ave adopted TC so far (Njuguna et al., ).

In Central and Easte rn Provinces, where most of the dissemination. Bananas are a major staple food as well as a cash crop for thousands of small scale farmers in East Africa. In Kenya, bananas are mainly grown in the western and central provinces.

In Tanzania, there is a concentration of banana production around Arusha while in Uganda banana production is widespread. Within the region, bananas are. In the words of Dr. John Wafula, the head of biotechnology research at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari): "The need for biotechnology in Africa is very clear.

The use of high-yielding, disease-resistant and pest-resistant crops would have a direct bearing on improved food security, poverty alleviation and environmental.

Printed and published in the Republic of South Africa ISBN ARC-Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops, Private Bag X, Nelspruit, Setting tips on how to grow bananas will help a farmer in identifying and realizing a worthwhile agribusiness opportunity.

Banana is one of the most popular fruits amongst Kenyan communities. It is also a staple food to others. They are cultivated both in small scale farming and large scale farming.

Locally the market is readily available. In this book, Florence Wambugu and Daniel Kamanga of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International bring together expert African authorities to critique various biotechnology initiatives and project future developments in the field in Africa.

For the first time, African voices from multidisciplinary fields as diverse as economics, agriculture, biotechnology, law, politics and academia. ISAAA) felt that the small-scale farmers could be assisted to reclaim their banana orchards through the introduction and promotion of tissue-culture (tc) technology in banana production.

It is within this context that the "Biotechnology to Benefit Small-Scale Banana Producers in Kenya" Project, a tc-based banana project, was initiated in which have been made available to small-scale farmers in Kenya, see Wambugu FM and Kiome RM () The Benefits of Biotechnology for Small-Scale Banana Producers in KenyaInternational Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) Brief No.

22 (Ithaca, NY: ISAAA). Another major application of tissue culture is the embryo rescue. Florence Wambugu has spearheaded the use of tissue culture for improving banana production in Kenya (Wambugu ). The traditional way of propagating bananas is to uproot a young sucker from around the base of a mature plant.

Although this is very cheap and easy, it has the disadvantage of carrying over pests and diseases. exploit the potential of small-scale poultry production to improve the livelihoods of the rural poor.

All aspects of small-scale poultry production are discussed in this book including feeding and nutrition, housing, general husbandry and flock health. Regional differences in production practices are described. The project Biotechnology to Benefit Small-Scale Banana Producers in Kenyawas developed in response to the rapid decline in banana production in Kenya over the last 20 years.

This decline was due to widespread soil degradation and the infestation of the nation's banana orchards with pests and diseases, problems further aggravated by the common practice of propagating new banana plants. In Africa, starchy varieties of banana and plantain (Musa) are a key staple food crop, providing food security, nutrition and income for millions of smallholder farmers.

Marketing, however, is a serious constraint. At a recent conference held in Mombasa, Kenya, delegates gathered to discuss ways in which banana research may be strengthened and banana production transformed across the continent. Kenya Biotechnology policy () Uganda Biotechnology policy () Tanzania Biotechnology policy ( Ethiopia None Rwanda None Burundi In preparation DRC None Status of biotechnology in Kenya Kenya is the leading economy in East Africa.

Apart from tourism, Kenya’s economy is. Second Edition, Modifying Africa: how biotechnology can benefit the poor and hungry, a case study from Kenya. Published by Florence Wambugu.

Second Edition. Nairobi, Novem Demand for bananas in Kenya is experiencing a rise amid short supply and unmet demand. USAID-KAVES conducted a survey in whose goal was to ‘Provide evidence-based justification for interventions.’ With the Key objective – gather and analyze information on key constraints and market opportunities- the survey focused on major growing areas and markets .Biotechnology Applications for Banana and Plantain Improvement In this part of the world, banana production is regarded as a very modern operation because of the high technological level required to assure the highest productivity and operating on a small scale, are demanding low-cost technologies to improve their.

We can have a look at the banana sector in Kenya. Kenya is among the world’s leading countries in terms of banana production with an annual production estimated at million metric tons, 40 percent dessert and 60 percent cooking varieties.

Banana is .