The Communication Event on Harnessing Modern Agricultural Biotechnology for Africa’s Economic Development was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Addis Ababa on 21st and 22nd April 2016. The meeting brought together biotechnology experts from a number of African countries, representatives from African Science Academies as well as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to discuss biotechnology in Africa and how to put it on the agenda of policymakers. More specifically, the meeting discussed: the policymakers booklet on biotechnology in Africa; creating relationships that will influence biotechnology policy in the continent; and increasing policymakers awareness on biotechnology as presented in the booklet. The objectives of the meeting were:
- To facilitate dialogue between scientists and policymakers together with other stakeholders, which will lead to the dissemination of the NASAC policymakers’ booklet on Agricultural Biotechnology for Africa.
- To establish relationships and provide supportive mechanisms that will influence policy change in agricultural biotechnology in Africa.
- To increase awareness of African policymakers on agricultural biotechnology key messages and recommendations made by scientists in the booklet.
The meeting was conducted in seven sessions comprising of presentations, plenary and panel discussions as well as through an open forum for sharing experiences.