Tuesday, 6 October 2009

SABIMA Project Consensus/Kick-off workshop

29 – 30 September 2009. A workshop was held in Accra with the stakeholers of the Strengthening Capacity for Safe Biotechnology Management in Sub-Sahara Africa (SABIMA) project. It comes under FARA’s umbrella program on African Biotechnology Biosafety Policy Platform (ABBPP). The purpose of the SABIMA Project is to “strengthen Africa’s capacity in sound biotechnology management for enhanced food security.”

The specific objectives of the SABIMA Project include building the capacity for biotechnology project stewardship in countries participating. The project is funded by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA). The project participating countries are Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi.

Besides the FARA Secretariat professional staff, following persons participated to this workshop:
  • Prof. Abdourahamane Sangare, Biotech and Biosafety Program Manager, CORAF/WECARD, Director Central Biotech Lab CNRA, Abidjan,
  • Dr. Charles Mugoya, Programme Manager, ASARECA, Agro-biodiversity and Biotech Programme, Entebbe, Uganda
  • Dr. Keoagile Molapong, Senior Program Manager, SADC-FANR, Gaborone, Botswana
  • Dr. Mohammed Ishiyaku, Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Nigeria
  • Dr. Simon T. Gichuki Head, Biotechnology Centre, KARI, Kenya
  • Dr. Andrew Kiggundu, NARO, Uganda
  • Dr. Weston F. Mwase, University of Malawi
  • Dr. DABIRE Clémentine Binso, Chef du Département Productions végétales, INERA, Burkina Faso
  • Dr. Marian Quain, Research Scientist (Biotechnologist), CSIR-Crops Research Institute, Ghana