Biotech Updates

Youth Learn about Biotech at the AgriKool Expo in Uganda

September 7, 2016

Farmers and aspiring young farmers attended the one-day event called AgriKool Expo, which was entirely organized and managed by youth to highlight the wealth of career opportunities available to young women and men in Uganda's agriculture industry. The event, which was held on August 30, 2016 in Gulu district at Police Primary School ground was supported by USAID's Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture.

The event was characterized by exhibition sites, open spaces for cross interactions, video viewing, educational games, dialogue and networking. Over 500 participants ranging from 10 to 35 years of age attended the event. The attendees included young farmers, agri-preneurs, and the general public.

Uganda Biosciences Information Center was part of the exhibitors, showcasing on agricultural biotechnology research and development in Uganda. Exhibits included information education materials, and selected crops. Information materials included brochures, flyers, and Pocket Ks on the current biotech research in Uganda, as well as agronomic manuals/guides on selected crops. Crop exhibits included rice, maize, citrus, mangoes, and tree seedlings.

Young people who stopped by the biotech stall were curious to know what GMOs are; where to find seeds of the crops exhibits; the advantages of GMO crops over traditional ones; and the effect of GMOs on human health and environment. The event was also a great opportunity for the public to learn about biotechnology, and its relevance in addressing some of the challenges affecting the agricultural sector.

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