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Sent: 26 June 2005 13:49
Subject: 83: Re: Capacity building // Decentralised banks
I am Sylvia Uzochukwu from the Biotechnology Center of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.
I agree with Kioumars Ghamkhar (Message 78, June 23) that capacity building should feature strongly in any talk of modern biotechnology in developing countries and that international bodies should be interested in funding these training activities.
What obtains now is that the big funding bodies are interested in research proposals in biotechnology and will give preference to any such proposals from developing countries, but they are not interested in enabling the native scientists in developing countries to come up with such proposals. By enabling, I mean, making it possible for these scientists to re-train themselves and get to know what the new technology is all about before they can articulate research proposals that will use the technology to solve local problems.
In our center, we are doing what I think the Kioumars is suggesting: running short training courses to teach our scientists basic molecular biology techniques. We keep writing for support funds, but nobody wants to listen to training proposals, only research proposals. We are hoping this will change.
Dr. Sylvia Uzochukwu
Acting Director and Associate Professor
University of Agriculture
E-mail: suzochi (at) yahoo.com