By Suleiman Okoth
November 08, 2017
A High-Level Conference on Application of Science, Technology and Innovation in Harnessing African Agricultural Transformation marked Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) project 10th Anniversary celebrations that were held at Speke Resort, Munyonyo in Uganda, from 27 to 29 September 2017.
The conference whose theme was ‘integrating the path in Africa’s agricultural transformation’ was organized by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in partnership with the Government of Uganda, African Union Commission, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Common Markets for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and other partners.
Over 300 delegates from Africa, Europe, Asia and America — who included current and former ministers, deputy ministers, diplomatic missions, members of parliament, heads of research organizations, agricultural experts, leaders of farmer group organizations, science journalists, among others — attended the conference.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the conference, The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda called for urgent integration of modern biotechnology into Africa’s agriculture to help improve food security and economic growth noting that small holder farmers were key in feeding Africa.
“Small holder farmers are the continents main source of food, employment and income. Therefore, agreeing on mechanisms that ensure sustainable production of these farmers by using science and technology is very critical,” The Prime Minister stated.
Also as part of celebrations marking the achievements of OFAB, OFAB book, A Decade of Success, was officially launched by Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, Ugandan Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation at a gala diner on 27 September, 2017 during the OFAB Africa Media Awards event on the same date.