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9th June 2022
Welcome to issue 52 of the DrumBeat!

Dear reader, on 7th June 2022, the world commemorated #WorldFoodSafetyDay. The DrumBeat team celebrated this event in a special way and this issue, which largely focuses on One Health, couldn't have come at a better time!

As we grapple with intractable challenges facing humanity, one thing remains clear; experts, policy and decision makers, as well as those in research, training and service delivery, need to work collaboratively to address the multitude of problems afflicting society. Global issues are highly interconnected and many share common solutions. Consequently, effective implementation of the One Health approach is key in overcoming many of these issues.

In our Story of the Month, Dr. Margaret Karembu, Director ISAAA AfriCenter, builds a case for science communication, an important but often marginalised component of the One Health culture and practice. The Video of the Month captures voices from key stakeholder in Kenya working towards strengthening the One Health concept.

Animal feed is an important component of the food chain. Therefore, safety of food and feed is at the centre of One Health, given they are important vehicles for many zoonotic pathogens. To celebrate #WorldFoodSafetyDay, the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Kenya hosted a National Dialogue on the role of agri-biotech towards building a sustainable animal feed system. Read more about this exciting event from our Newsroom, and listen in on the conversation via the OFAB Kenya Facebook page.

Find out what we have been up to through our annual report in the Publications corner. You can also read about our contribution towards building soft skills of next-generation livestock researchers, together with ILRI's Capacity Development Unit, in their impact brief highlighting stories from beneficiaries of the annual #CapDevChallenge. Additionally, we welcome you to flip through the PanAfrican Agriculture Magazine, April – June 2022 issue, focusing on the agricultural biotech promise.

Enjoy your read and stay healthy!


Kenya Embarks on Strengthening One Health

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Dr. Margaret Karembu

Dr. Margaret Karembu, MBS
Director, ISAAA AfriCenter & COHESA Consortium Co-Lead

Science Communication is a key Enabler of One Health Culture and Practice

Former Irish playwright the late George Bernard Shaw once famously remarked that, "the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." This quote succinctly embodies the problem with communication while underscoring importance of effective engagement and messaging.

As scientists work around the clock to grapple with intractable challenges such as food insecurity, pandemics, environmental pollution and so on ...

From Our Newsroom
Kenyan Government banks on Biotech to address Feed Shortage in the Country

Kenyan Government banks on Biotech to address Feed Shortage in the Country

The Government of Kenya has given the clearest indication yet that it will soon lift a ban on importation of genetically modified foods as it seeks to address the shortage and unaffordability of animal feeds in the country. Speaking in Nairobi during a national dialogue on building a sustainable animal feed system in the country, Livestock Principal Secretary (PS) Harry Kimtai hinted that the Government will address the ban and approval of GM crops on a case-by-case basis. Read more

Kenya Deploys Striga-Smart Sorghum

Kenya Deploys Striga-Smart Sorghum

Kenya has taken lead in providing sorghum farmers with a technology-based solution to the Striga menace. In a media science café hosted by OFAB Kenya, Professor Steven Runo outlined how his research team at Kenyatta University is working with farmers from Western Kenya to develop a technology platform for the deployment of sorghum varieties with durable resistance to Striga Read more.

OFAB Kenya Prepares Youth for Part II of the UN Biodiversity Conference

OFAB Kenya Prepares Youth for Part II of the UN Biodiversity Conference

OFAB Kenya continues to mentor early career professionals to participate in discussions and negotiations under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). During a virtual workshop held on 6th May 2022, youth from 10 African countries discussed multilateral benefit-sharing from digital sequence information on genetic resources, and the outcomes of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24). Read more

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