On 2 November 2017, the BioInnovate Africa Programme based at icipe, will hold a regional bioeconomy symposium to kick start the implementation of its project activities for the period 2017 – 2021. The symposium is an opportunity for BioInnovate supported innovative project teams – who will be selected through an ongoing competitive call process – to interact with other regional actors and identify areas where synergies can be built along the various value chains. The symposium will be held in Kigali, Rwanda under the theme, “inclusive growth through sustainable bioinnovations”. Participation is by invitation only.
Fostering a bioeconomy is arguably the best fit for eastern Africa to sustainably utilize its agricultural and other biological resources and create new job opportunities for the rapidly growing and urbanizing population.
In a bioeconomy, the region’s scientists and innovators actively use their knowledge assets to add value to biological resources that meet the growing needs for safer and more nutritious food and feed, better medicine, clean energy and a healthier environment.
BioInnovate Africa is at the forefront of developing a bioeconomy in eastern Africa through value addition to agricultural produce and related biological resources and conversion of agro/biowastes into useful products. Such a bioeconomy is an incentive for smallholder farming communities to produce more and agro/bioprocessing enterprises to become more competitive and environmentally sustainable.