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France launches €9 m tech transfer project in Africa

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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

France launches €9 m tech transfer project in Africa

A French research initiative has been launched with the aim of transferring technology and practical knowledge to developing countries in the global South.
The scheme has a budget of €9 million (US$12 million) for a period of ten years from 2013–2023. A funding agreement was signed last month (17 December), and work on the project began this month.
According to Stéphane Raud, director of technology transfer at IRD "This initiative should facilitate the economic development of technologies stemming from French research for boosting development in southern countries”.  
It will help developing countries manage intellectual property. It will also work to build a portfolio of 800-1000 technology patents and contribute to the marketing, promotion, and pre-industrial development of products and technologies.
The initiative, known as Valorisation Sud (southern development) is spearheaded by the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the Pasteur Institute, the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) and four universities in the French overseas regions.

Source: SciDev.Net.