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DNA Fingerprinting in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) collaboration with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Central Statistical Authority (CSA), and Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) has been implementing a project under the theme “Mainstreaming the use and application of DNA fingerprinting in Ethiopia for tracking crop varieties” since 2015.

The aim is to mainstream and generates a knowledgebase of practical use and cost-effective DNA fingerprinting in Ethiopia, and to build the business case and articulate policy options and recommendations to key policymakers and research and development stakeholders in Ethiopia. The result from the project is expected to inform ways to overhaul the functions of the extension system, seed system, and standardized measure of technology adoption by way of mainstreaming the use of DNA fingerprinting technique in the research and development system.

The findings of the project were presented in a workshop held on 19 March 2021 at the Intercontinental Hotel. Participants from the Ministry of Agriculture, ATA, and several other stakeholders have attended the workshop.

Dr. Chilot Yirga, EIAR, DDG of Capacity Building and Administration in his welcoming speech stated that the use of a modern technique known as DNA fingerprinting for an accurate assessment and understanding of the adoption of improved maize and wheat varieties by small-holder farmers in Ethiopia is the key feature of the project.

Dr.Feto Esimo, DG of EIAR in his closing remark explained the importance of the workshop in delivering significant knowledge on DNA fingerprinting. He further said that since the workshop deliberated in detail on the way forward and indicated that all stakeholders and policymakers should play their part in the area of DNA fingerprinting.