On November 15-17, 2017, more than 200 participants in agricultural research and development including, research and small-scale entrepreneurs, gathered in Morocco for a conference that focused on innovations and intellectual property. The conference, on ‘Innovation and Intellectual Property as Engines for Competitive Agribusiness: Empowering Women Researchers and Entrepreneurs in Africa’ was led by the World Intellectual property Organisation (WIPO) together with partners including the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial Property (OMPIC) and African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) among others.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, AWARD Director, highlighted six crucial interconnected facts on the role of agricultural research and development; and how gender gaps and intellectual property influence Africa’s prosperity.
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