By: Jurg Burgi (author)Hardback
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Many farmers in sub-Saharan Africa suffer heavily from crop losses due to stem borer pests. Insecticides are often unaffordable; therefore, maize plants must be made resistant to pests. The 'Insect Resistant Maize for Africa' (IRMA) project in Kenya was aimed at developing new maize varieties both by conventional methods and by biotechnologically incorporating the endotoxin produced by the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. The author gives an impartial and chronological account of this exemplary project between 1999 and 2008, supplemented by discussions of agricultural development policy and descriptions of Kenyan smallholders and the project team. He also takes critical and rational positions on the use of modern plant breeding techniques, biotechnology and development policy.
Introduction; Excursus on Kenya; The Prehistory; Biotechnology for the Poor; The First Year (1999); Excursus on Independent-Minded Partners; The Second Year (2000); A Farmer in Nyeri (17 Dec 2000); The Third Year (2001); Farmers in Machakos (24 Nov 2001); Excursus on Plant Breeding; The Fourth Year (2002); Farmers in Western Kenya (25/26 Nov 2002); Farmers in the Lowlands (27 Nov 2002); Excursus on Communications in a Rough Terrain; The Fifth Year (2003); Farmers in Meru (15 Nov 2003); Excursus on Commerce and Consumption; The Sixth Year (2004); Farmers in Kisii (21 June 2004); Farmers in Mwala (7 Dec 2004); Excursus on Patents and Licenses; The Seventh Year (2005); Farmers in Githunguri (6 Nov 2005); Farmers in Mbeere (19 Nov 2005); A Preliminary Assessment; Gleanings (2006-2008); Excursus on Market Segmentation; A Farmer near Embu (3 Nov 2008).
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