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Zimbabwe: Nations to Bolster Biotech Cooperation

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Zimbabwe, Botswana and Malawi have agreed to undertake collaborative research to bolster their strategic cooperation in agriculture biotechnology and minerals technology.

Under the agreement, the Research Council of Zimbabwe (RCZ) will manage the programme which will be implemented in universities and research institutions in the three countries.

“The Research Council of Zimbabwe continues in its endeavour to execute its mandate, as entrusted by Government, which is to promote, direct, supervise and coordinate research in Zimbabwe, as well as coordinating with partners from other parts of the world in the furtherance of research,” said RCZ executive director, Susan Muzite.

“We are indeed pleased to be engaging in country to country research collaboration with Malawi, a regional counterpart, with whom we have strong historical ties.

“The research collaboration will allow our nations to focus on areas of mutual interest and concern in agriculture biotechnology, an area of great strategic importance especially in light of new emerging technologies. We hope that through this collaborative research effort, our nations will be equipped to boost agricultural productivity, underpinned by the application of science and emerging technologies.”

The collaborations were made possible through support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) under a grant to promote research in agriculture biotechnology and mining and minerals technology.