The session titled “potential for Water Efficient Maize for Africa in countering perennial adverse effects of drought and insect pests for farmers in Kenya” will provide an opportunity for reflection on opportunities that agricultural biotechnology stands to offer Kenyans if adopted. The function will take place against the backdrop of the prevailing drought that has impoverished communities in some counties. The drought has in some instances left families with no food for themselves or feed for livestock. Indeed, some have confessed through the media to have lost more than half of their stock. Yet, paradoxically, maize from the Water Efficient Maize for Africa project under the recently harvested CFT that was grown under drought conditions was bountiful.  The event will therefore showcase to the government the need to take the biotech crop, with traits for drought tolerance and insect resistance to National Performance Trials and eventual commercialization.