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Maruca-Resistant-Cowpea Progress Report 2012

 St Louis

The Maruca resistant cowpea project made significant progress during 2012 towards its goal of developing Maruca resistant cowpeas for use by our smallholder farmers. For the second year running, the confined field trials in Nigeria and Burkina Faso were successful with strong indication that the project may have identified promising varieties that are resistant to the Maruca pod borer.

Identifying resistant plants is a significant milestone in product development of agricultural biotechnology because these plants will be used to incorporate the traits into farmer-preferred varieties through breeding.

Evaluation of the Maruca-resistant cowpea varieties progressed well in Nigeria and Burkina Faso as Ghana was granted approval by the country's National Biosafety Committee (NBC), the regulatory authority for development of biotechnology in Ghana, to conduct confined field trials in the country. – Click here for publication

Maruca-Resistant Cowpea Project Progress Report - January-December 2011
  • Message from the Project Manager
  • Successful CFT’S carried out in Nigeria and Burkina Faso
  • Maruca rearing capacity enhanced for Nigeria and Burkina Faso
  • Project review and planning meeting held
  • Stakeholders visit Burkina Faso trial site.
  • Nigeria trial assessed for compliance
  • Inera holds community awareness and outreach meeting
  • MR-cowpea project briefs stakeholders on progress in Nigeria

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Bt Cowpea Field Trial Planning Meeting Report - Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, Missouri, 17-18 December 2008

 St Louis

The two-day review and planning meeting specifically sought to:

  • review the Confined Field Trial (CFT) work plan established in Abuja in June 2008, and to update on the status of CFT applications and training needs of project partners in Nigeria, Ghana, and Burkina Faso
  • review the methodology used in the first trial in Puerto Rico and evaluate the insect efficacy data and agronomic observations from the first trial
  • review progress on the molecular and genetic characterisation of transformation events for the 2008 field trial and identify candidate events for the 2009 field trial
  • formulate a refined trial design and protocol for the anticipated second trial.

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Development, testing, regulation and deployment of transgenic cowpea in Africa: Proceedings of a Cowpea Project Review and Planning Meeting

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) brought together partners and stakeholders from west Africa to examine progress made regarding cowpea improvement via genetic transformation and plan for additional work. The overall objective of the meeting was to review the progress made in research, synthesise the results and focus on what needs to be done in the coming years. The meeting focussed on aspects of product development (transformation and introgression), regulatory and biosafety issues, and how to deal with the general area of Bt cowpea technology acceptance to ensure full scale utilisation of GM technology in Africa. The requisite governance structure for the project was discussed to shed light on the roles and responsibilities of partners engaged in this initiative.

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Baseline Study for Impact Assessment of High Quality Insect Resistant Cowpea in West Africa

cowpea baseline study

The study, initiated by AATF and executed by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and Purdue University aims to:

  1. elicit consumer preferences, acceptability, willingness to pay and adaptability of Bt cowpea to local conditions in west Africa
  2. assess the competitiveness and potential market niches for Bt cowpea
  3. identify strategies for capacity building of west African seed organisations for Bt cowpea
  4. assess the ex-ante economic impact of Bt cowpea at farm, country and region levels.

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Managing Liability Associated with Genetically Modified Crops

Ip HandbookRecent years have seen intense global debate about whether or not agricultural biotechnology—particularly genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified crops (GM crops)—should be covered by a specially designed liability regime. This chapter examines common and statutory law theories of liability, various attempts at the national and international levels to design liability regimes for GMOs, and liability risk-mitigation measures.

A plan to apply technology in the improvement of cowpea productivity and utilisation for the benefit of farmers and consumers in Africa: Proceedings of a Cowpea Stakeholders Workshop. 10–12 February, Accra, Ghana

Cowpea planContents: Executive summary; Notes to the workshop; Summary of plenary presentations; Report of task force deliberations; Reports of Task Forces; Annexes

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sgm cowpea

Report of Small Group Meeting (SGM) on "Constraints to Cowpea Production and Utilization in Sub-Saharan Africa", held at AATF headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya, 10–11 July 2003.

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