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1st Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference in Ethiopia

The 1st Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference will be held in Addis Ababa from 25-27 February 2013 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Ethiopia. More than 120 scientists, policy makers, the private sector, donors, and other stakeholders are scheduled to attend the meeting. The conference aims at sharing successes and challenges in implementing Bio-Innovate's activities in the Eastern region. Those activities focus on applying bio-resources innovations to support sustainable growth and transformation of the agricultural and environmental sub-sectors, from primary production to value addition. Participants will also discuss strengthening regional policies to support biosciences innovations.

Bio-Innovate is providing a regional, broad-based biosciences innovations platform that links science and technology to the market to address priority regional development challenges. It is mobilizing available science and research findings in the region that are then channeled to increase crop productivity and adaptation to climate change; management of agro-industrial wastes for environmental sustainability and promotion of traditional crops through value addition.

The Program is currently supporting nine bioscience innovation and policy consortia projects bringing together 57 partnering institutions from the six eastern Africa countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda and outside the region.

For more information on Bio-Innovate projects, contact Dr Seyoum Leta, Program Manager, Bio-Innovate Program at Website:


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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