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Colombias Vice Minister for Agriculture visiting ATB

In der Pilotanlage des ATB. Von links: Joachim Venus und Kai Reineke (ATB), Vize-Agrarminister Hernán Román, Botschafter Juan Mayr, Camilo Villa, Wissenschaft und Technologie, Sandra Córdoba, Umwelt, und Jose Alzate, Wirtschaft und Handel. (Foto: ATB)

In ATB's pilot plant. From the left: Joachim Venus and Kai Reineke (ATB), Vice Minister Hernán Román, Ambassador Juan Mayr, Camilo Villa, Science and Technology, Sandra Córdoba, Environment, and Jose Alzate, Economy and Trade. (Photo: ATB)

ATB-Wissenschaftler Joachim Venus erläutert das biotechnologische Verfahren zur Gewinnung von Milchsäure aus Reststoffen der Kaffeeverarbeitung (Foto: ATB)

ATB scientist Joachim Venus explains the biotechnological processing of coffee waste to lactic acid (Photo: ATB)

17th January 2014: Colombias Vice Minister for Agriculture, Hernán Román Calderón, visited the ATB. With him was the Colombian Ambassador in Germany, Juan Mayr Maldonado, and a small group of experts. 

The visit aimed at evaluating the possibilities for strengthening the research cooperation between ATB and Colombian institutes. Since 2012 ATB is successfully engaged in a joint research project with Cenicafé, the largest Colombian coffee association. Research targets the potential utilization of residues from coffee industry for the biotechnological production of bioplastics.

In the near future, the visit of a mission of the authorities of the Ministry of Agricultural Innovation and the director of Corpoica, Juan Lucas Restrepo, is planned to formalize a cooperation agreement.

The visit took place in the context of the Summit of Agriculture Ministers organized by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, held each year as part of the Global Forum of Food and Agriculture (GFFA: Global Forum of Food and Agriculture).