Leading East Africa organizations pioneering the improvement of agriculture and food production, and clean water supply in East Africa, have congregated in Nairobi for a 3 day forum on Facilitating the Transfer of Climate Technologies in East Africa.
The forum, which ended today was organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), in cooperation with Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), Africa Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), and Strathmore University Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) with the support of the Japan Patent Office
The objective of the forum according to the organizers was to hold high level discussions around technology transfer and climate change adaptation and mitigation, to facilitate matchmaking between agriculture and water technology seekers from sub-Sahara Africa and technology providers, and to link climate change goals with business contribution.
Green technologies have been identified as key to building resilient economies in developing countries. The event brought together thought leaders to share valuable insights with green technology seekers, technology providers, financiers and other development partners that are working to build a greener world.
”Green technologies are key to building low carbon and climate resilient economies in developing countries.” Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development who was also the Chief Guest said. ”The development and deployment of new technologies has an essential role to play in meeting Kenya, Africa and global climate change objectives, as well as contributing to new jobs and sustainable economic growth.”
By harnessing science to reduce water and pesticide usage, and to pioneer greener modern farming, East Africa is leading the way in boosting agricultural productivity.
The Cabinet Secretary reiterated the need to invest in agri-tech terming it as a win-win for Kenya and the rest of Africa as these technologies will improve food production and create businesses and in the country.