Innovation Showcase and Research Workshop : Animal Biotechnologies for AU Agenda 2063, The Africa we want

  • Date
    04.07.24
  • Time
    06:30 pm > 08:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference Room 1, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Area: Sustainable Animal Foods

Food and nutrition security remains a challenge in Africa. however, biotechnologies for livestock conservation and development in Africa offer potential solutions. There are African instruments to support the needed transformation, those instruments are embedded in the Agenda 2063-The Africa we want, and in the STISA 2024 to “Accelerate Africa’s transition to an innovation-led, Knowledge-based Economy”. CTLGH and partners institutions are developing and deploying technologies to achieve these respective visions and missions.

This side event will be in the form of 2-3 short presentations to set the scene, followed by a consultative roundtable on livestock biotechnology, innovation and emerging technologies for Africa’s rural economic transformation as envisioned in Agenda 2063 of the African Union Commission.

Objectives

  • Create awareness and an enabling environment to harness the benefits accruing from agricultural biotechnology, innovation and emerging technologies to transform the livelihoods of smallholder livestock farmers in African countries. 
  • Provide visual, colourful, simple ways to publicize CTLGH projects and to generate discussion among livestock stakeholders, other scientists and professionals

Format and layout:

  • 2/3 presentations on innovative livestock technologies from CTLGH, focusing on their application to smallholder farmers, tentative presenters are:
  • Mike Mcgrew / Christine kamidi / Tom Burdon: stem cells (PGCs, PSCs/iPSCs) and genome edited non-transgenic surrogate host for the African livestock industry transformation. 

Simon Lillico / Emily Clark / Xavier Donadeu: SLICK cattle / the million sire concept / control of growth restriction and cell programming in tropical livestock

  • Okeyo Mwai / Chinyere Ekine, AADGG and AABNet: the data capturing platform and capacity building for multi-countries genetic evaluation and sustainable genetic gain. 
  • Followed by a roundtable discussion with partners on Animal Biotechnologies for AU Agenda 2063

Showcasing the CTLGH / LiveGene programme and partners activities will be through poster sessions and videos at the dedicated booth.

Special invitees:

  • Alison Van Eenennaam (https://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/people/faculty/alison-van-eenennaam), Extension Specialist: Animal Biotechnology and Genomics, University of California, Davis, alvaneenennaam@ucdavis.edu . – Online