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Bio-Innovate Videos

Interview of Suresh Patel, Chemical Engineer, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya
Interviews of selected participants’ views from the Regional Experts Workshop on Industrial Effluents Management in East Africa held on 19 — 20 May 2014, Ethiopia
Interview of Enid Turyahikayo, Assistant Audit and Compliance Officer, NEMA, Uganda
Interviews of selected participants’ views from the Regional Experts Workshop on Industrial Effluents Management in East Africa held on 19 — 20 May 2014, Ethiopia
The Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference
Seyoum Leta the Bio-resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program provides some insights to the upcoming scientific conference at Addis Ababa on 25-27 February 2013. He also shares some successes from the consortia projects.
Over 3 million farmers could benefit from the first projects
Small-scale farmers in 6 East African countries will be the first in the region to benefit from the new program The first projects in the scheme will tackle challenges like the development of more productive varieties of staple crops, and waste re-cycling. Over the next 5 years, the numbers of projects will expand, using promotion of improvements in policy frameworks, its networks of scientists and research organizations, and the novel links it is building with private sector companies.
From Bio-EARN to Bio-Innovate: A program that will deliver to farmers innovations from research
Building on Eastern Africa Regional Programme and Research Network for Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biotechnology Policy Development (Bio-EARN), a program that trained 20 region bio-scientists to PhD level. Bio-Innovate is a new Program that plans to move from research to offering innovative products working through partnerships with private sector players and other delivery mechanisms. The focus and the success of will be delivery of products to African farmers.
Research into Africa’s rich bio-resources Is improving region’s food security and climate change
Sweden has supported capacity building in biotechnology across east Africa for over 10 years. The Sida-backed program now being launched, Bio-Innovate, is moving to research, and to making sure that farmers and communities benefit from the new crop varieties and innovation systems that result from research. Bio-Innovate has a competitive grant-giving mechanism with a purely scientific assessment. While rewarding quality, this system often gives more opportunities to senior male scientists. However, during the next round of project selections new methods to encourage female scientists will be explored. Claes Kjellström is a research policy specialist at the Swedish Embassy. He is part of the Regional Team for Environment and Economic Development (REED).
Addressing the missing Link between research and innovation
East Africa has never had the facilities, funding or skilled manpower to undertake agricultural science on a scale that could move from research all the way to new technologies for farmers. is a new program aiming to provide that ‘missing link’. It will tackle the big regional problems such as climate change results, and environmental degradation, by the application of bio-sciences, with the direct aim of helping small-scale farmers.
Bioscience can help Uganda use traditional crops to feed its growing population
With a population that has increased five-fold in the last 50 years, Uganda needs to invest in new ways to produce more food from shrinking available land and natural resources. Recently, there has been a move away from maize which is not indigenous to the region and consumes large amounts of water, to local crops such as sorghum and millet that are much less water-hungry. Research into developing new more-productive varieties of these old staples, suggests that biosciences can help Ugandans make use of traditional varieties to feed themselves and make money (Patrick Okori, Bio-Innovate Sorghum and Millets Project Consortium co-principal investigator in Uganda).
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