12 October 2008. Bergamo, Italy. The Executive Director of FARA, Dr. Jones, gave a talk at a science festival in Italy. He spoke on the subject of using science to fight hunger, disease and poverty in Africa in order to stimulate and inspire young students and raise the profile of African agriculture. The talk and the discussion that followed was attended by about 400 students, academics and a cross section of the local press. Some of the issues raised include GMO access and use and Europe’s policy on GMO technology, upland/lowland NERICA technology and NERICA's potential impact.