Biotech Echo, a monthly newsletter written in French, is mainly devoted to cover agricultural biotechnology news and activities in Burkina Faso and in West Africa in general. It also aims to provide a platform for discussion of the opportunities and issues in the biotech field for the different stakeholders in the region, to promote a transparent debate. Also included are international developments in agricultural biotechnology that have a particular relevance to West Africa.
Biotech Echo is a joint project of Burkina Biotech Association (BBA) and ISAAA. BBA is a non-for-profit organization created by Burkina Faso scientists, with the objective to provide a forum for specialists in the field to voice their opinions and concerns. The creation of BBA, according to BBA’s Director Professor Alasane Séré, is the expression of the refusal by African scientists to be outdistanced by the great scientific revolution of the 21st century, which he qualifies as “the most fantastic scientific and technological adventure of this century”.