ICGEB & CropLife Africa Middle East sign MoU

ICGEB and CropLife AME have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), establishing a general framework for collaboration, relating to training, research, policy advocacy and outreach.

Through the signing of the MoU, the ICGEB and CropLife AME jointly strengthen their mission to promote the advancement of research, training, advocacy and the use of biotechnology in plant sciences and agriculture for sustainable development.  

CropLife AME is a regional association representing the leading global manufacturers of crop protection products (conventional and biopesticides), and seed and plant biotechnology in more than 22 national associations spread throughout Africa and the Middle East.

CropLife AME together with the national associations is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and the responsible use of plant science technologies in the region. CropLife AME promotes the professional and responsible use of these technologies to improve the incomes and livelihoods of farmers and their families.

This MoU highlights joint activities in the key areas of:

  • Training workshops and meetings
  • Cooperation on common areas of joint scientific interest and expertise
  • Community outreach and education
  • Policy advocacy
  • Research and development
  • Information dissemination
  • Development of guidelines

Commenting on the MoU and partnership, ICGEB Biopesticides Group Leader, Dr Dennis Ndolo states ‘The collaboration with CropLife AME, integrating scientific research with capacity enhancement, will significantly support ICGEB’s mission of promoting sustainable global development through research, training and technology transfer in the field of Life Sciences‘.

ICGEB Cape Town will host an international Workshop from 4-8 March 2024 on the Advances in Regulatory Harmonisation and Biopesticide Innovation in Africa, and CropLife AME is one of the Workshop partners and sponsors.