Associate Director for Training
Patricia leads the Alliance for Science training program, 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. 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.