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29th September 2023
Welcome to issue 64 of the DrumBeat!

Dear reader,

It has been slightly over a month since the curtains fell on the Africa Biennial Bioscience Communication (ABBC) Symposium, 2023. In light of this, we are delighted to bring you a special DrumBeat edition dedicated to ABBC. The Symposium has come a long way since its inception, and this year, it was more inclusive, dynamic, and forward-thinking than ever before. With a broader scope that encompassed not only crop biotechnology, this year's ABBC was a buildup of lessons and reflections from previous sessions.

In our Story of the Month, ISAAA AfriCenter's Director and Co-convenor of the ABBC Symposium, Dr. Margaret Karembu, builds a case for why this biennial platform matters. Dr. Karembu provides a brief background on the genesis of ABBC, and snippets of the five editions that have contributed towards framing pertinent narratives in Africa's agricultural biotechnology landscape.

Our Video of Month attempts to answer a fundamental question that informed ABBC 2023's theme on whether communication is matching up with the evolution of genetic improvement tools in agriculture. Stories from Our Newsroom highlight some key events from the Symposium. The ISAAA AfriCenter team is looking forward to seeing how ideas and collaborations sparked during ABBC 2023 will shape the future of genetic improvement tools in agriculture. To keep track of genome edited projects in the region, we will continue to update the Genome Editing in Africa's Agriculture: An Early Take-off booklet. To be featured in the Fourth Edition, register your genome editing project here.

ABBC represents the collaborative spirit of our delegates, partners and sponsors, and the commitment to harnessing bioscience for the betterment of our continent. We hope this special edition of DrumBeat inspires you and deepens your understanding of the critical role this Symposium plays in shaping bioscience development in Africa.

Enjoy your read!


Genome Editing: Communication Gaps Slowing
Down Adoption of the Technology

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Dr. Margaret Karembu, MBS

Dr. Margaret Karembu, MBS
Director, ISAAA-AfriCenter and ABBC Convenor

The Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication (ABBC) Symposium: A Crucial Platform for Bioscience Progress in Africa

The ABBC Symposium was borne out of a dire need for a consistent platform that brings together agri-biotech and biosafety stakeholders to actively exchange experiences and best practices towards improving bioscience communications. Despite tremendous progress with agri-biotech research across a number of African countries, success towards commercialization and adoption remains threatened by limited support from policy makers and the public.

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From Our Newsroom
Navigating the Future of Biosafety Communication in Africa

Navigating the Future of Biosafety Communication in Africa

In a remarkable gathering on the sidelines of the Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium (ABBC2023), biosafety regulators from across Africa converged to reflect on the future of biosafety communication on the continent. This significant meeting brought together regulators primarily from ... Read more.

Sorghum Festival was a Major Attraction at ABBC2023

Sorghum Festival was a Major Attraction at ABBC2023

The Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication (ABBC2023) symposium treated delegates to a Sorghum Festival, an extra-ordinary session held in the form of a refreshing cocktail gala. The objective of the Festival was to showcase importance of sorghum and provide an opportunity for industries, researchers and entrepreneurs to exhibit ... Read more.

The Inaugural African Biosciences Entrepreneurship Pitching Session

The Inaugural African Biosciences Entrepreneurship Pitching Session

In August 2023, the African Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium (ABBC2023), hosted by ISAAA AfriCenter, witnessed a historic moment—the inaugural Biotechnology Entrepreneurial Pitching Session. It was a gathering of visionaries, entrepreneurs, and innovators who came together to celebrate ... Read more.

Africa Science Dialogue, an Inclusive Platform to Misinformation, launched at ABBC2023

Africa Science Dialogue, an Inclusive Platform to Combat Misinformation, Launched at ABBC2023

ISAAA AfriCenter and her partners, in August 2023, launched the Africa Science Dialogue portal, an inclusive and interactive platform that provides factual, verifiable and credible information about science, technologies and innovations in agriculture, health, and the environment. The launch formed one of the key outcomes from the 5th ... Read more.

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