Ethical, Social, Cultural, and Commercialization (ESC2) Program for the Water-Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project

 

The WEMA Project is a public-private partnership which seeks to introduce drought-tolerant maize, royalty free, to small-scale farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa. In doing so, WEMA faces a potentially significant barrier, due to diminished public trust in public-private partnerships involved in the development of genetically modified crops. To enable WEMA to address and overcome this barrier, we provided a social auditing service to the WEMA project and concurrently used case studies and working papers to generate knowledge for facilitation of appropriate and successful adoption of WEMA and other agro-biotechnology crops.

Social Audit Model
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Ezezika, O., et al. (2009). A Social Audit Model for Agro-biotechnology Initiatives in Developing Countries: Accounting for Ethical, Social, Cultural, and Commercialization Issues. Journal of Technology Management and Innovation, 4:3, pp. 24-33.

ESC2 Social Audit Reports and WEMA Management Responses

WEMA 2011 Social Audit Report and WEMA Management Response

WEMA 2010 Social Audit Report and WEMA Management Response

WEMA 2009 Social Audit Report and WEMA Management Response