Every year since 2006, ISAAA AfriCenter in partnership with research institutions and other partner organisations in Africa has organized seeing-is-believing tours to Burkina Faso, South Africa and other parts of the world that have commercialised biotech crops.
The tours have proved to be very beneficial and effective tools of awareness creation on the advantages of biotechnology, and have become popular among African countries working towards commercialization of biotech crops. This is mainly because participants get an opportunity to interact with various stakeholders and farmers who share their practical experiences freely.
The things we saw on the ground are experiences that are not mentioned in journals. To see the physical conditions of farmers and how they have benefited from Bt cotton is an eye opener.