Biotech Updates

UBIC Coordinator Flags off Miss Uganda to Miss World Contest

December 2, 2015

Uganda Biosciences Information Center (UBIC) Coordinator- Dr. Barbara Zawedde was among selected partners of the Miss Uganda Foundation, who flagged off reigning Miss Uganda, Zahara Nakiyaga, to attend the 65th Edition of the Miss World contest to be held in Sanya, China on December 19, 2015. A total of 121 contestants are expected to compete for the crown and other awards. In her remarks during the send-off luncheon, Dr. Zawedde lauded the Miss Uganda Foundation for promoting an image of Uganda youths that can impact their peers in Uganda and the world over, through the Miss Uganda contest. She urged for increased involvement of the Foundation in promoting young girls in science and agriculture and expressed her confidence in Miss Nakiyaga's representation at the Miss World finale.

Dr. Zawedde was representing the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), Uganda's umbrella body for agricultural research and supporter of the current Miss Uganda theme of promoting agriculture among Uganda's youths. It should be noted that Miss Nakiyaga beat 20 other finalists to the crown when she accurately and confidently answered the judges' question on what GMOs are. Furthermore, NARO's Crops Resources Research Institute hosted the finalists of the 2015 Pageant, to a week-long boot camp involving theoretical and practical sessions on basic crop agronomy for key crops such as maize, cassava, and rice; advanced techniques used in crop breeding such as agricultural biotechnology; agricultural mechanization, and science communication and advocacy. These sessions helped to empower the beauty queens to become champions for agriculture among their peers, hence promoting job, food, and incomes security for young people. UBIC and NARO are indeed proud to be associated with Miss Uganda and are committed to increasing young people's involvement in modern agriculture and research.

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