New Biosciences Innovation Program to fight food insecurity, climate change and environmental degradation across east Africa to be launched in Nairobi next week

New Biosciences Innovation Program to fight food insecurity, climate change and environmental degradation across east Africa to be launched in Nairobi next week

A new program that provides grants to bioscientists in eastern Africa working to improve food production and environmental management in this region will be officially launched on 16 March, 2011 at the Nairobi headquarters of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

The newly established Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program – the first-of-its-kind in Africa – provides competitive grants to African researchers that are working with the private sector and non-governmental organizations, to find ways to improve food security, boost resilience to climate change and identify environmentally sustainable ways of producing food. Bio-Innovate Program is managed by ILRI and co-located within the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Hub. Bio-Innovate will be implemented in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.