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Our Objectives in the Philippines

The Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership aims to accelerate benefits to farmers while strengthening seed systems, enhancing adoption of stewardship practices, and increasing stakeholder knowledge of bioengineered crops.

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Scale Up

Farmers are demanding Bt eggplant, and we want to be sure they get what they need. We are working to increase Bt eggplant adoption through the development of new, agronomically superior varieties that perform event better for farmers. These improved varieties will have better wilt resistance and wider adaptation to agroecological zones.

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Resiliency

Developing a more inclusive and responsive Bt eggplant value chain by enhancing stewardship, outreach, education, policy advocacy, and enforcement to safeguard Bt technology usefulness in Bangladesh

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Equitable benefits to women and youth

We are studying whether biotechnology products equitably benefit women, men and young people within households that adopt them in Bangladesh. 

Bt Eggplant by the numbers

A snapshot of our innovation ecosystem.

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Bt Eggplant Philippine News

Pesticide use in Philippines

provides a strong

justification for Bt eggplant

Pesticides are the dominant control tactic for managing agricultural pests in Philippines and there was a 5-fold increase in the use of all agricultural pesticides (insecticides, herbicides and fungicides) between 1990 and 20101. In this same survey the use of insecticides increased more than 20-fold. This is especially troubling because insecticides… more >

News
September 29, 2022

Bt eggplant nursery project to spur women’s empowerment in Bangladesh

Plant nurseries are a vital element of agriculture in Bangladesh. These small, often family-owned enterprises dedicated to fruit and vegetable sapling cultivation are an age-old income generation activity for farming…
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August 16, 2022

Pesticide use in the Philippines provides a strong justification for Bt eggplant

Pesticide poisoning has been an increasing problem in the Philippines, and vegetable farmers are exposed to pesticides to a far greater extent than rice or maize growers because of the…
Eggplant ImageNews
December 21, 2021

$10M project opens pathways for more pest resilient food options in Asia

A new Cornell-led project will accelerate the application of a proven biotechnology to enhance food and nutritional security in Bangladesh and the Philippines while protecting the health of farmers and…

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