Poverty, hunger and disease are scourges on the human race – and of course, they are experienced particularly intensely in the developing world. In addition to moral imperatives to improve quality of life for our species, and help realise human potential more generally, these problems are a contributing factor to - as well as a result of - risks such as environmental degradation, political instability, and the spread of new epidemics globally.
More than one person in five subsists on less than $1 day in developing countries and it is estimated that there are 1.1 billion people living in extreme poverty. Despite technological advances, hunger and disease rates continue to increase in some countries, presenting a huge challenge to the international community.
It is against this background that the INNOGRIPS project team, supported by the European Commission organised a high level Innovation Policy Workshop, the aim of which was to address the most important issues and engage in debate about the roles of innovation in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease.
The meeting was attended by 15 participants comprising invited experts from universities and research institutions, members of major international development organizations, INNOGRIPS project team members and representatives from the European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry.
From , published on 31-01-2008
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