By Mekonnen Teshome

The African Union’s New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) has organized a regional consultation meeting focusing on genome editing in Nigeria.

The science of genetic engineering is believed to have significant contributions to Africa’s industrial sector, biotechnology, and agriculture, the development of medicines and vaccines as well as the cure of genetic diseases.

The major focus of the Lagos consultation which includes scientists drawn from six African countries is to foster a broader understanding of genome editing among different stakeholder groups through communication and advocacy for enhanced uptake of the tool to optimize agriculture in Africa.

These countries include Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Zambia and Eswatini.