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07th February 2023
Welcome to issue 58 of the DrumBeat!

The Drumbeat team is delighted to begin the year 2023 with your trusted companionship, once again promising to keep you abreast of happenings in the biosciences sphere, as we join you in helping build a world better prepared for today's and future challenges. This edition, comes amid unabatingly harsh weather in most of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), thus massive crop and animal production failure, occasioning an alarm for food crisis and continued search and hope for solutions in biosciences. This edition is dedicated to Africa's participation in the just concluded UN Biodiversity Conference, particularly the Tenth meeting of the conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties to Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 10) in Montreal, Canada.

In the story of the month, Dr. Paul Chege of ISAAA AfriCenter recounts the participation of African Parties in COP-MOP 10, presents the major decision of the conference and how ISAAA AfriCenter and aligned partner organizations participated in the international biosafety negotiations. He explains why coordination of the African Group of Negotiators and preparatory meetings in the lead up to and during COP-MOP meetings are an absolute necessity. Paul once again makes a case for young scientists and communicators need to be involved in the negotiations as they are the custodians of biological diversity.

In the video of the month, Mrs. Bibiana Iraki moderates and hosts a discussion on the auspices of COP-MOP10 with Dr. Roy Mugiira, Dr. Lilian Chimphepo, Mr. Eric Okoree and Mrs Nazik Dafalla, Party delegates from Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and Sudan respectively, on their respective countries' journeys and experience with the domestication of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB). They delve into a raft of issues up on the agenda of COP-MOP10, and share their perspective as Africa Group of Negotiators on various agenda items including Target 17 of Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).

In our newsroom, we feature the change of guard at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and laud the leadership of Dr. Jimmy Smith as we congratulate and welcome the new head, Prof. Appolinaire Djikeng.

In the publications and announcements segments, we highlight the upcoming annual National Biosafety Conference in Kenya, organized by Kenya's National Biosafety Authority to be held on February 21-24,2023 in Naivasha, Kenya. We are also pleased to invite you to register for the African Biennial Biosciences Conference (ABBC2023), that will be held in Nairobi, Kenya between August 22, 24, 2023.


Africa's Changing Approach to COP-MOP Discussions

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Gerald Masila

Dr. Paul Chege
Program Associate at ISAAA AfriCenter / Ag.PBS Kenya Coordinator

Africa's Participation at COP15/COPMOP10 in Montreal Canada, December 2022

COP15 decision, dubbed '30 by 30 target' hailed by many as landmark in which countries around the world are required to protect 30% of their lands, oceans, coastal areas, inland waters for conservation; reduce by $500 billion annual harmful government subsidies; and cut food waste in half by 2030 among others was arrived at through a sometimes fractious two-week negotiation in an effort to address the dangerous loss of biodiversity and restore natural ecosystems.

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From Our Newsroom
Appolinaire Djikeng Appointed ILRI Director General

Appolinaire Djikeng Appointed ILRI Director General

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Board of Trustees and CGIAR have appointed Professor Appolinaire Djikeng as Director General of ILRI and CGIAR Senior Director of Livestock-Based Systems.

Professor Djikeng is a globally-recognized expert in developing multi-disciplinary ... Read more.

Striga Smart Sorghum for Africa Project Launched in Kenya and Ethiopia

Striga Smart Sorghum for Africa Project Launched in Kenya and Ethiopia

A new public-private partnership project, Feed the Future Striga Smart Sorghum for Africa (SSSfA), has been launched in Kenya and Ethiopia. SSSfA is a project that utilizes CRISPR genome editing technology to develop new sorghum varieties resistant to Striga. Striga is a parasitic weed responsible for up to 100 percent yield loss in Africa's staple cereals, thus posing a great danger to the livelihoods of ... Read more.

Annual Letter 2022: Stronger Together

Annual Letter 2022: Stronger Together

In case you missed out on our director's annual reflections for 2022, please see in the link below:

View Annual Letter.

Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication (ABBC2023) Symposium
Kenya's 11th Annual National Biosafety Conference
Re-connect at ISBR2023!