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.
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