Framing Africa in the Agricultural Biotechnology Debate

Global Food Politics

I’m currently working on a project analyzing the use of Africa in the agricultural biotechnology debate with a couple of students. We’re looking at how proponents and opponents of biotechnology refer to Africa (both in general, and with reference to specific countries) to advance their position. We’ve got some interesting data based on an analysis of reports, working papers, press releases, and speeches from people in various organizations. Our preliminary data focus on pro-agbiotech groups (the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Department of State, AfricaBio, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Monsanto).

We’re working on the paper now, but I wanted to share a cartogram created for us by Prof. Monica Stephens (who blogs at Floating Sheep) and her students. The cartogram weighs the number of mentions of the country across…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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