NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The
African Union Commission on Thursday urged scientists to
integrate traditional knowledge into biosciences research.
Ysaye Gassama, the
chairperson of High Leve Panel on Emerging Technologies of AUC,
said the continent’s genetic resources should be made strong
factors for competitiveness and socioeconomic development.
“Let us consider our
tradition as a base from which to build something new to help
drive sustainable changes in bringing wealth and prosperity,”
Gassman said on Thursday during the launch of African Women for
Biosciences (AWfB) Kenyan chapter in Nairobi.
Gassama noted that
Africa’s success relies on linkage of knowledge to innovation in
key sectors of the economy.
She called for a
transition to a bio-economy since it has a potential for job
creation through innovation.
that modern biotechnology is giving rise to a new bio-economy
system hence taking substantial share of the global production.
She said that
through biotechnology, biomass production of plant and animal
species will be a substitute to fossil minerals and chemical
processes within a few decades.
The AUC official
called for gender mainstreaming in science especially in the
training of women and girls and the development of endogenous
“We have to
incorporate innovation to help countries reduce unemployment of
the youths,” she added.
Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Margaret
Kobia told women scientists to conduct research that uplifts the
living conditions of women in rural areas.
should provide unique platform to help empower women scientists
to be able to mentor young scientists and women in rural areas
who form 80 percent of farmers,” she added.
the chair of AWfB Kenyan chapter, revealed that the new outfit
will help the government in fighting food insecurity by
promoting science based farming in farming communities.
“This is a platform
for professional women to engage the public on bioscience issues
and advocate for investment in innovations that promote
bio-based enterprises for sustainable livelihoods,” Karembu
She added that the
body will also facilitate mentorship for upcoming professionals
in support of an inclusive scientific workforce.
AWfB Kenyan chapter
plans to align the government’s policies that ensure women in
biosciences are at leadership and decision making levels and
that women access biosciences research in the region for
fostering potential collaboration and partnerships.
It will also create
a linkage between women researchers and the industry to ensure
transfer of cutting-edge technology products from biosciences.