Biotechnology and Genetic Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture in Zimbabwe

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Toaciroro Piocikock


This thesis delves into the dynamic intersection of biotechnology and agriculture within the unique context of Zimbabwe. With agriculture forming a cornerstone of the nation's economy and livelihoods, the exploration of biotechnological approaches offers insights into innovative strategies for enhancing crop productivity, mitigating environmental challenges, and ensuring food security. The study navigates through four pivotal themes: genetic innovation for crop enhancement, pest resistance strategies, integration with sustainable farming practices, and the ethical, social, and regulatory considerations that underpin biotechnological adoption. The investigation into genetic innovation unveils the potential of tailored genetic modification to develop crop varieties that withstand the vagaries of climate change, increase resilience, and improve nutritional content. Pest resistance strategies through genetic modification present an avenue to reduce pest-related crop losses and minimize the ecological footprint associated with pesticide use. The exploration of integrating biotechnology with sustainable farming practices showcases the harmonious synergy between modern science and age-old principles of environmental stewardship. Throughout these themes, the thesis underscores the significance of community engagement, cultural values, and regulatory frameworks as essential components in shaping the successful adoption of biotechnology. Drawing insights from scientific research, global trends, and local perspectives, the thesis navigates a comprehensive journey through the promises and complexities of biotechnology in Zimbabwean agriculture. The findings contribute to an enhanced understanding of how biotechnological innovation can drive sustainable agricultural practices, transform the lives of farmers, and contribute to a resilient agricultural sector that stands as a pillar of national development.

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