After years of work, it is with great pleasure that the Congolese government has recognized the significant potential of the secotr of Botanicals, or value added plants. It’s potential contribution to economic development of the country was explicitly mentioned in the "National Agricultural Investment Plan 2013-2020" as a strategic sector in the chapter on the development of plant streams. The announcement went on to say that "The nutraceutical plants , medicinal and cosmetic botanicals take a growing share in international trade. The DRC has considerable ecological potential for the development of this type of speculation with very highly added value". At the invitation of the Congolese government and the Embassy of Canada, BDA presented its activities during the summit NIPA on 7th and 8th November in Kinshasa. The summit brought together key government agencies, donors and investors.
We are pleased to announce that Carole Robert, President of the Board of Directors and Founder, Biotechnology for sustainable development in Africa (BDA) and Chief Executive Officer, PharmAfrican, has been chosen by the Women’s Y Foundation to receive the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award in Environment category, this category being sponsored by Cascades.
The BDA President Carole Robert, will participate in the 6th edition of the Africa Forum. Madame Robert is taking part of panel "Agriculture and Agro-industry: how to realize the enormous promise?" BDA delegation will be present to attend various panels and develop more business contacts during the 3 days that the forum will be held, and the Gala to be held September 27, 2013 evening.
The Laval University Chair of International Development organised a seminar this May on “Management of international projects and the development of local communities: issues and perspectives,” as part of the Congress of the ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir). Jérôme Leblanc, BDA Development Officer, was invited to present the Plant Action Program for the occasion,
As part of the Plant Action Program taking place on the new BDA campus, experimental botanical gardens will be created thanks to funding from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) and the Congo Basin Forest Fund (CBFF). The gardens will be home to a wide variety of value-added plants with great commercial potential for start-up businesses founded by eco-entrepreneurs.