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Insect-Resistant Maize

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Insect-Resistant Maize

J. Bürgi

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Author: J. Bürgi

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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. Taking critical and rational positions on the use of modern plant breeding techniques, biotechnology and development policy, this book is of interest to researchers and students, development agencies, NGOs and biotechnology companies.

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Author J. Bürgi
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 296 pp
ISBN 9781845935696
Publication date October 2009
Book Type Hardcover


  1. Introduction
  2. Excursus on Kenya
  3. The Prehistory
  4. Biotechnology for the Poor
  5. The First Year (1999)
  6. Excursus on Independent-Minded Partners
  7. The Second Year (2000)
  8. 17 Dec 2000. A Farmer in Nyeri
  9. The Third Year (2001)
  10. 24 Nov 2001: Farmers in Machakos
  11. Excursus on Plant Breeding
  12. The Fourth Year (2002)
  13. 25/26 Nov 2002. Farmers in Western Kenya
  14. 27 Nov 2002. Farmers in the Lowlands
  15. Excursus on Communications in a Rough Terrain
  16. The Fifth Year (2003)
  17. 15 Nov 2003. Farmers in Meru
  18. Excursus on Commerce and Consumption
  19. The Sixth Year (2004)
  20. 21 June 2004. Farmers in Kisii
  21. 7 Dec 2004. Farmers in Mwala
  22. Excursus on Patents and Licenses
  23. The Seventh Year (2005)
  24. 6 Nov 2005. Farmers in Githunguri
  25. 19 Nov 2005. Farmers in Mbeere
  26. A Preliminary Assessment
  27. Gleanings (2006-2008)
  28. Excursus on Market Segmentation
  29. 3 Nov 2008. A Farmer near Embu

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