A Scientific Solution to Poverty




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Video title: A Scientific Solution to Poverty
Released on: January 08, 2009. © PharmaVentures Ltd
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    Dr Florence Wambugu is pioneering a change in Africa using her background in science.
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Dr Florence Wambugu is pioneering a change in Africa using her background in science. Through strategic partnerships and investment in science education and research she is proving that biotechnology can help relieve poverty. Here she talks of the collaborations with international companies and academic institutes that are helping the Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International achieve its vision.
Dr Florence Wambugu
Founder, Director and the Chief Executive Officer
Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International

Dr. Florence Wambugu is the Founder, Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International (AHBFI). Previously, she founded, established and worked as Africa Region Director, ISAAA – Afri-center, in Nairobi; she also worked as Plant Biotechnology Research Scientist, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenya. She has also served on several boards including the Private Sector Committee of CGIAR, United Nations Millennium Development goals Hunger task force; Executive Committee member of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA); DuPont Company Biotech Advisory Panel, USA; International Plant Genetics Research Institute (IPGRI now called Bioversity) and African Biotechnology Stakeholders Forum (ABSF).

Dr. Wambugu is the recipient of numerous local and international honors, awards, and grants. KARI’s 1989 Crop Science Award for outstanding scientist of the year; International Potato Center’s (CIP) Regional Research Award/Grant, 1989; Noble Prize of the United Cultural Convention 2002; World Bank Global Development Network Award in 2000 for successful introduction of the tissue-culture banana in Kenya; Woman of the Year 2001 by the American Biographical Institute; and Woman of the Year Award by Eve Magazine. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Yarra Prize, an annual recognition of significant contributions to the reduction of hunger and poverty in Africa.

Currently, she is serving as a Council Member of the Japan Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum, a Steering Committee Member of the European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES) and a Science Board member of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge in Global Health.

Dr Wambugu has a BSc in Botany from the University of Nairobi, an MSc in Plant Pathology from the North Dakota State University and a PhD in Plant Virology and Biotechnology from the University of Bath, UK.
Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation Int.