The need for capacity building in biotechnology, biosafety and product stewardship has never been so urgent. Stewardship is, relatively, a new initiative.
Stewardship in plant biotechnology is the responsible management of a product from its inception through to its use and discontinuation. It applies across the life cycle of a plant product and includes careful attention to the responsible introduction and use of products.
The project on Strengthening capacity for safe biotechnology management in sub-Sahara Africa (SABIMA) which had stewardship training in crop production as the core, was introduced over the 2009-2012 period by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) with financial and technical support from the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) in six countries, namely, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda.