Welcome & Remarks by Dr. Sunday Ekesi – Director, Research & Partnerships, ICIPE. Representing the Director General of ICIPE, the Director of Research and Partnership (DRP), Dr. Sunday Ekesi, welcomed all the event visitors, guests and participants to the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) Day. Dr. Ekesi thanked Biovision Foundation for the support it had given to both ICIPE and BvAT over the years and assured them that the funds were being utilized in the most effective and efficient way to generate and disseminate knowledge and information on ecological sustainable agriculture while ensuring that as many farmers as possible were reached and benefitted from the research efforts.
Dr. Ekesi reiterated the strong collaboration and partnership between ICIPE and BvAT, and mentioned some areas to illustrate this:
" First, ICIPE continues to be the publisher of The Organic Farmer (TOF) Magazine and through it a lot of icipe research information has been published on Push–pull technology for striga control, stem borer control, soil fertility improvement; biological control of African Fruit fly; Bee-health, beekeeping, and honey processing; Malaria focusing on malaria prevention; and Bioprospecting and conservation Second, under the Push-Pull for Sub Saharan Africa project, BvAT is undertaking an important component of awareness and interest generation through the Community Outreach strategy. ICIPE is collaborating with BvAT to undertake activities in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Burundi. Interest is growing in other African countries including Senegal and Burkina Faso. Third, BvAT is taking on a special role in the scaling up of results from ICIPE’s two previous projects through video production: Dissemination of information through video production in the Adaptation for Ecosystem Resilience in Africa (AFERIA) Project; a two-year project with the aim of disseminating and communicating research results, insights and interactions of climate change and food security developed from a previous research project CHIESA - Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystem Services and Food Security in Eastern Africa. Last but not least, ICIPE continues to provide both the hosting and ICT support to all BvAT staff. This enables BvAT staff to run their programmes smoothly without interruptions. "