Kenya’s Agriculture Minister and AU-NEPAD CEO Underscores Use of ST&I in African Agriculture

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Agriculture Minister Willy Bett (right) with AU-NEPA CEO Dr. Mayaki (center) and BecA Director Dr. Dijkeng at the event

Special Edition: February 11, 2016

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Willy Bett and Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), have underscored the use of science, technology and innovation as a vehicle to achieve food security for an increasing population in Africa.

Speaking during the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI)‘s 15th anniversary celebrations, Minister Bett said “scientists have an obligation to assist Kenya to create viable and sustainable agro-food sectors. He emphasized the need for a paradigm shift to fast track swift delivery of new products into solving future challenges of producing more food with fewer resources in a sustainable manner. On his part, Dr. Mayaki stressed the importance of science technology and innovation in leveraging Africa’s competitive advantage underlining the need to consider agricultural issues more from a multidisciplinary than single-unit approach.

While commending the BecA Hub for the valuable contributions in tackling intractable food production challenges, Kenyan Parliamentarian Hon. Robert Pukose also vice-chair of Health Committee challenged scientists to increase interaction with policy makers and lobby for financial support locally. Speaking at the event, Dr. Margaret Karembu of ISAAA AfriCenter shared some tips on connecting science with policy makers. Key among these include understanding the gap in messaging between scientific and policy processes, identifying appropriate platforms to engage with policy makers and increasing media outreach.

The event held on 3rd February 2016 brought together global, regional and local actors in agriculture for development and biosciences, with the theme:  “Mobilizing biosciences in and for Africa’s agricultural development.”

For more information on the Biosciences eastern and central Africa- (BecA-ILRI) Hub, contact the director Dr. Appolinaire Djikeng, at



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