Barbara Woodward, Johan Brink, and Dave Berger
ARC-Roodeplaat Vegetable and Ornamental Plant Institue, South Africa

There has been much recent discussion on the potential impact of biotechnology on development in Africa. Can agricultural biotechnology make a significant difference, or would a strategy combining conventional breeding with good crop management, farmer participatory research, and the provision of disease-free planting material be sufficient to increase yields in Africa?

Key words: Africa; biosafety; biotechnology; root crops; training.