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Science Academies Call for Biotech Adoption in Africa

November 20, 2013

Leading scientists from across the African continent have called on the continent leadership to adopt biotechnology for development. The declaration came at the end of the 9th Annual Meeting of the African Science Academies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 13 November 2013.

Demissie Habte, President of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS), noted that the main objective of the meeting was to urge African leaders play a leading role in the continent's biotechnology revolution.

Various policy makers and researchers from across the continent delivered a number of presentations on the role of biotechnology in improving health, food security, and the environment.

The meeting of African science academies is held annually under the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI). The initiative was launched with the goal of strengthening the capability of African science academies to provide national policy and public discourse through evidence-based advice.

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