Posted by: APO | 20 May 2009

Validation Workshop on the Institutional Arrangements and Implementation Strategy for the African Seed and Biotechnology Programme Opens in Addis Ababa


 

Validation Workshop on the Institutional Arrangements and Implementation Strategy for the African Seed and Biotechnology Programme Opens in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 20, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The validation Workshop on the institutional arrangement and implementation strategy for the African seed and biotechnology programme (ASBP) opened today, Wednesday 20th May 2009, at the AUC headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the presence of HE Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim , AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy.

Organized by the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the objectives of this Workshop are on the one hand, to review and validate recommendations and proposals for the institutional arrangements and implementation strategy of the ASBP and on the other hand, to identify the role and responsibilities of the key African seed stakeholders in the implementation of the ASBP and to decide on the initial steps of ASBP implementation.

On behalf of the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, HE Dr. Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, presided at the opening ceremony of the Workshop. She stressed on the mandate of the African Heads of State which she said, calls for the development and management of a seed sector that is all embracing, with the objective of achieving efficient and integrated seed systems developed by “strengthening continental, regional and national policies and capacity for germplasm conservation, variety improvement, seed production and extension, seed quality assurance procedures, linkages between formal and informal sectors, and promoting national seed industries”.

Participants at the Workshop are drawn from the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), Farmer’s organisation, Alliance for African Green Revolution (AGRA), Sub-Regional Organisation, Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Plan (CAADP) Pillars lead institutions, international Agriculture Research centres and Private Sector.

The validation Workshop on the institutional arrangement and implementation strategy for the African seed and biotechnology ends tomorrow, Thursday 21 May 2009.

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 


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