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Agricultural Biotechnology and Wealth Creation: The case of tree biotechnology project in Kenya

Bolo, M

The African regional Youth Congress and Exposition on Youth Employment and Wealth Creation: Opportunities in Agriculture, Science and Technology and Youth Leadership for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Nairobi, Kenya

June 20 – 23 2005

The Tree Biotechnology Project uses biotechnology to address critical needs, such as:

- the overwhelming need for firewood in rural communities; 80-90% of rural populations depend on firewood for 96 % of their energy needs;
- non-availability of fast-growing seedlings to meet the growing demand for the same, with Kenya alone requiring some 60 million seedlings a year; and
- declining forest cover from over-exploitation and poor natural regeneration of trees.

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