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Insect Resistant Maize

By: J Bürgi

304 pages, Figs, illus

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Jan 2009 | #179770 | ISBN-13: 9781845935696
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NHBS Price: £75.00 $96/€90 approx

About this book

Many poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa suffer heavily from crop losses due to the stem borer insect pest. Insecticides are often unaffordable and the `insect resistant maize for Africa' (IRMA) project was developed to produce resistant maize that could adapt to different climates through conventional breeding or the controversial use of genetic engineering. The independent author gives his impartial description of the project, providing balanced arguments on this debate about agricultural development policy and the use of modern plant breeding techniques.


Contents

Kenya: A Brief Portrait
The Background
Gene Technology for the Poor

The First Year (1999)
Independent-Minded Partners

The Second Year (2000)
Visit to a Nyeri Farmer

The Third Year (2001)
Farmers in Machakos
Plant Breeding

The Fourth Year (2002)
Farmers in Western Kenya's Corn Belt
Farmers in the Lowlands
Communication Problems

The Fifth Year (2003)
Farmers in Central and Southern Meru
Commerce and Consumption

The Sixth Year (2004)
Woman Farmers in Kisii
Farmers in Mwala
Patents and Licenses

The Seventh Year (2005)
Farmers in Githunguri
Farmers in Mbeere
A Preliminary Assessment

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