Visit to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA for the VIRCA-II Project Steering and Advisory Committee Meeting
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The purpose of the visit was to participate in the VIRCA-II Steering and Advisory Committee (‘SAC’) and VIRCA Team Working Group meetings to be held at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington from Monday, 25th August through Friday, 29 August 2014. The goal of the meetings was to coordinate efforts in the Technical, Regulatory and Communications Working Groups, and to report on the status of the project and to review plans for the next interim with the SAC.

The project team meets every six months and the Seattle meeting was one of such meetings. Being the country lead scientist in the technical and regulatory working groups in Kenya, it was important for me to attend and present on the progress made in Kenya.
The VIRCA Project. The VIRCA (Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa) Project is a collaborative program between Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI, now KARLO), Kenya; the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Uganda; and Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC), USA. The project’s goal is to develop farmer-preferred cassava varieties with resistance to viral diseases cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic disease (CMD) using pathogen-derived RNAi (gene silencing) technology. The project includes all aspects of the intellectual property, technology development, regulatory, biosafety, quality control, communication and distribution components required for a GM crop development and delivery process.

Date and time: 
Fri, 2014-10-17 16:04
Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2014-10-17 16:04
Contact Person: 

Dr. Miano

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