Patricia Nanteza

Patricia came to Cornell University in 2015 as part of the first cohort of the Alliance for Science Global Leadership Fellows. She helped develop a grassroots biotechnology sensitization strategy that was implemented upon her return to Uganda. After country-wide grassroots training sessions, participating farmers realized the need for GM technology and gained confidence to speak up and demand access to these improved seeds. This movement, alongside the long-term efforts of several other partners in Uganda, led to the passing of the Biosafety Bill by Uganda’s parliament, which currently awaits presidential assent for it to become a functional law. Today, Patricia is a trainer with the Alliance for Science, equipping farmers, journalists, and policy influencers with the skills necessary to speak up and demand policies that are science-based and pro-farmer. She is also a science writer for IITA in Nigeria and associate director of Science Stories Africa.