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Bio-Innovate Africa Program

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The Bio-Resources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program was established in 2010 to support multi-disciplinary biosciences and product oriented innovation activities in the eastern Africa countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Currently, the program comprises of 9 innovation and policy consortia projects and 57 partnering and collaborating institutions drawn from the six countries and outside the region.

Bio-Innovate Program builds on previous investments, achievements, and experiences from the Eastern Africa Regional Program and Research Network for Biotechnology, Biosafety and Biotechnology Policy Development (BIO-EARN) and other regional initiatives. The program emphasizes on the use of modern biosciences to improve crop productivity and resilience to climate change in small-scale farming systems, and to increase the efficiency of the agro-processing industry to add value to local bio-resources in a sustainable manner.

The Bio-Innovate Program is hosted and managed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and co-located with the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI hub in Nairobi. The hub is regionally shared research platform for eastern and central Africa, with first class research and training facilities where African scientists are applying modern biosciences to address some of the continent’s pressing problems in food security, environmental sustainability and responding to the challenges of climate change.

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