A few weeks ago, I got an amazing opportunity to participate in the FAO Regional Biotech Conference for Africa in Ethiopia. I had always dreamt of visiting the African Union conference Centre: I can’t think of any other place on the continent where the most influential leaders gather to discuss policy, so for me it was very significant to sit in the same seats that Africa Union Heads of State gather to discuss the most important issues in Africa.
Attending and participating in the “FAO Regional Meeting Biotech Conference for Africa” was a great opportunity to meet and interact with all different types of people—Governmental and Non-Governmental representatives, scientists, farmers, the private sector and civil society organizations--and others. It was also a learning experience on the inconsistencies present in this community.
I attended many sessions at the Africa Regional Biotech conference. Here are a few that really caught my attention:
I am an agricultural plant biotechnologist from Kenya, and I had the opportunity last month to attend the FAO Africa Regional Biotech Meeting in Addis Ababa. Most farmers in Africa are still skeptical of agricultural biotechnologies as a tool for food and feed production. Therefore, there is huge demand for awareness creation among farmers.