Collaborative Project on Bio-resources Innovation Policy Consortium for Eastern Africa (BIPCEA)
ATPS has embarked on a collaborative project on “Bio-resources Innovation Policy Consortium for Eastern Africa (BIPCEA)”. The project is supported under the auspices of the Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) Program. This is a newly established multidisciplinary competitive funding mechanism whose niche is characterized by a focus on the applications of bio-resource innovations to support sustainable growth and transformation of the agricultural and environmental sub-sectors from primary production to value addition, while enhancing adaptability to climatic change and strengthening innovation policy.
The Bio-Innovate Program is based at the International Livestock Centre (ILRI) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) over the 5 year period (2010-2014). The program receives strategic direction from Technical Committee (TAC) of which the ATPS Executive Director, Dr. Kevin Urama is a member.
The role of ATPS under the BIPCEA project is to provide support on policy review national science, technology and innovation policies in Eastern Africa to establish the extent to which they promote bioscience innovations. ATPS will also facilitate the convening of two high-level regional conferences on bioscience innovations and policies in Eastern Africa. Other partners involved in the project include the Kenya National Council of Science and Technology (KNCST); Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST); Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH); Directorate of Science, Technology and Research, Rwanda (DSTR); International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA); and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).