International Biotechnological Institutes are a place where different individuals, all experts in their fields, come together in an attempt to build a better future and create a self-sustainable community. One such institute is the IIBAT or the International Institute of Bio – technology and Toxicology.
This is an institute that was created during the ecology boom of the late seventies, the brain child of a couple of brainiacs who attempted to create an institute that allows for the access of international collaboration and the attempt to create a bigger awareness of the environment.
The different departments in this institute deal with all kinds of issues, like toxicity and hazard identification, or the proper control and how to combat pests without harming the environment. They give access to international collaboration and environmental information on crop care and protection. The main focus of this institute is in countries like India, and countries in Africa, where a large part of the population is a victim to starvation. The institute provides employment for many and it not only helps communities that are thousands of miles away but also has a focus on the ones that are closer.
Another international biotechnological institute is the one in Western Kenya, the ILRI is an institute that deals with the development and enlightenment of livestock growth, care and production. It’s main focus has not shifted ever since its creation in the early nineties, which is to combat the importation of GM food, to make it illegal in all regions of the country and ensure that each family has a steady supply of food.
The institute works closely with farmers and promotes the growth of livestock, under the banner of “Better lives though livestock”. They subsidize different developers in the hopes that the number of livestock will grow and that each family, better sooner than later, will have a meal on its table.
The problem with a secured nutrition for many people in Kenya has been troubling the founders of the ILRI, but their focus has also shifted to the souring countries. The institute not only works with the local residents but attempts to help and be helped by people and institutions all around the world. Such an environment opens the door to the alleviation of poverty in the country as well as all around the world. The ILRI finds it a crucial part of their mission for the better of the overall monetary situation in the African continent.