Nigeria: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Nigeria established the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) in 2015 to regulate the country’s bio-technology law and provide oversight for utilizing and commercializing biotechnology products with a view to strengthening Nigeria’s food security. Bt Cowpea, Bt Cotton, Africa Bio-fortified Sorghum and Nitrogen Use Efficient, Water Use Efficient and Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) Rice are already at different stages of field and confined field trials in Nigeria. Recent campaigns/activities of some anti-biotech groups are beginning to negate earlier positive perceptions of Nigerian consumers about genetically engineered (GE) products. GE promoters in Nigeria will need to engage Nigerian though sustained promotional outreaches espousing the benefits of biotechnology to negate anti-GE campaigns.

Nigeria: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual