Enabling Bio-Innovation for Poverty Alleviation in Asia

At first glance, Asia seems to have all the organizations, skills, policies and facilities essential for bio-innovation. However, these are not generally put to the service of the millions of poor who lack access to technology.

This project aims to stimulate research on bio-innovation for poverty alleviation, sustainable employment and income generation in four Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam). It will do so through the mechanism of a competitive grants scheme.

The project is expected to identify policies, institutional arrangements and practices conducive to pro-poor bio-innovation in the region. A core team of experts at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, will manage the project with the assistance of an international advisory committee.

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Start Date

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

End Date

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


36 months

IDRC Officer

Osir, Ellie Onyango

Total funding

CA$ 556,000


Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Philippines, Thailand


Networked Economies

Project Leader

E Sajor


Asian Institute of Technology

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