Ivar Virgin is a Senior Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute. He is one of the main architects and the initiator of the two largest bioscience innovation programs in Africa, the BIO-EARN (1999-2010) and BioInnovate Africa (2010-ongoing) programmes focusing on resource efficient, climate smart agricultural production, biowaste recovery and biobased value chains in East Africa. He is currently active in and part of the Steering Committee in the programme Agriculture for Food Security Post2030 (AgriFoSe2030). He is also engaged and active in the SEI Initiative on Governing Bioeconomy Pathways.
Publications and activities
Creating Sustainable Bioeconomies: The bioscience revolution in Europe and Africa. (2017). Virgin, I, and Morris J. (eds). Routledge Publishers, London and New York: Routledge, 276. https://www.routledge.com/Creating-Sustainable-Bioeconomies-The-bioscience-revolution-in-Europe/Virgin-Morris/p/book/9781138818538
Agricultural research: Bring your knowledge to policy and practice. Ran, Y. , Virgin, I. and Sundin, A. (2019). AgriFoSe Brief, Stockholm Environment Institute. https://www.sei.org/publications/agricultural-research-bring-your-knowledge-to-policy-and-practice/
Supporting Bioscience Innovation Systems in Eastern Africa; An assessment of key processes in four bio-innovate technology systems.(2016)Ivar Virgin, Julius Ecuru, Mans Nilsson, John Komen, Abebe Alemu, Pantaleon Chuwa, Christine Gasingirwa, Margaret Karembu, Nicholas Nyange, Linda Opati, Jane Omari, Nicholas Ozor, and Haileselassie Teklehaimanot (2016) Stockholm Environment Institute, Working Paper 2016-06 Stockholm (44p). https://www.sei.org/publications/bioscience-innovation-e-africa-2/