A new strategic European project will be launched by CIRAD at CIAT

20 June, 2011 by (comments)

Towards a Latin America & Caribbean Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE) in partnership with Europe

More than 25 experts on the bio-economy will be attending a three day meeting, 22-24 June, to participate in the official launch of this new strategic project called “Towards a Latin America & Caribbean Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), in partnership with Europe”, better known as ALCUE-KBBE. The project is financed by the European Commission under its 7th framework program.

The main objective of this meeting, co-organized between the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and CIAT, is to provide an opportunity to present, analyze and discuss the key aspects of this project, as well as to formulate and program the research and other activities for the first year of the project (2011-2012).

In addition, the first day of this meeting is scheduled to conduct a first consultation of the bi-regional ALCUE working group on the bio-economy, which is an activity resulting from the 2010 bi-regional ALC-UE Summit meeting in Madrid. This part is co-organized with the Argentine Ministry of Science and Technology.

The ALCUE-KBBE project is coordinated at CIAT by Guy Henry, a CIRAD scientist and bio-economist. This two and a half years coordination action project will contribute significantly to answering relevant questions about the LAC region, such us: how important is this new concept of bio-economy for the small scale agriculture? What are the necessary policies for promoting and guiding investments and the new institutions to ensure the safety of the new technologies, as well as the equitable distribution of the benefits of the ensuing economic growth? A bi-regional cooperation platform will be constructed from which research, policy and cooperation agendas will be developed. Furthermore, messages related to existing opportunities and potential of the bio-economy in Latin America, need to be introduced in the regional and national policy agendas.

Contact: Guy Henry (g.henry@cgiar.org)

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