ICGEB – ISAAA AfriCenter MoU signed in Nairobi

Policy engagement, capacity building, knowledge sharing: just some of the priorities of the ISAAA AfriCenter that champions use of innovative agricultural technologies.

This week a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a framework for collaboration, focusing on joint activities in science, technology and innovation for sustainable development in Africa was signed with ICGEB.

Talks between ICGEB and ISAAA AfriCenter led to the signing of an MoU to establish a framework for collaboration, focusing on joint activities in science, technology and innovation for sustainable development in Africa, in Kenya this week.

ICGEB Director-General, Dr. Lawrence Banks’ on mission in Kenya this week, met with Dr. Margaret Karembu, ISAAA AfriCenter Director to sign the MoU, which focuses on actions to jointly strengthen their Centres, and initiatives geared towards sustainable development on the African Continent.  

The ISAAA AfriCenter is a non-governmental, not-for-profit institution whose aim is to nurture an enabling environment for achieving agricultural transformation and foster a healthier planet for future generations, acting in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The partnership highlights activities in key areas of policy and regulatory capacity enhancement, capacity building in science communication, technology transfer, as well as on gender and inclusivity.

With a view to gender equality and empowerment, the partnership will explore mechanisms for capacity building specifically aimed at women researchers.

Dr. Karembu expressed her delight at the collaboration with ICGEB. “The AfriCenter is already championing a mentorship program for early career scientists on bioentrepreneurship and promoting African women in these fields.” She added: “We are looking into strengthening Africa’s uptake of crucial biotechnologies needed to better address the evolving needs of African agriculture, planetary health and early career professionals. Part of these efforts entail empowering women, who are key decision makers in the food chain, and putting them in positions where they can influence policies around sustainable food systems,” she said.  

ICGEB Director General Dr Lawrence Banks commented: “ICGEB is delighted with this new collaboration and is truly excited about the opportunities this will provide for furthering science, and biotechnology in particular, on the African Continent. Ensuring no one is left behind is a key feature of the SDGs and this cooperation, especially in the area of gender equality empowerment, will achieve precisely that”.