Biosciences eastern and central Africa Hub: Capacity Building    Empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultu...
Initial hosting arrangements and the creation of BecAAU/NEPAD – Africa Biosciences Initiative (ABI): Creation of four regi...
BecA Hub: Core activities1.   Research     Core competencies and research programs in agriculture: crop, animal     health...
BecA Hub Core competencies•   Genomics/Metagenomics•   Functional genomics•   Bioinformatics•   Genetic engineering•   Dia...
Capacity Building Objectives         • Strengthen capacity of individuals and           institutions to harness the latest...
Capacity building activities      • Research placements and individual/small group        trainees (275 from 21 African co...
Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF)           • Established in September 2010           • New and innovative way of b...
ABCF Research Fellowships        Research outputs, plus        Building capacity to do research             Technical ski...
ABCF fellowship projects: examples of outputs                           •   Striga resistance in sorghum                  ...
ABCF Fellows: leveraging funding          Alexander Bombom (Uganda)          • Maize-sorghum hybrids          • Invited BM...
Partners           …and many more
Thank youAustralia, Benin, Cameroon, England, Ethiopia, Italy, Kenya, USA
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  • BecA the only of the four at an international organization, which was a great plus; it is the only one not directly managed by NEPAD; the only one that evolved to be as a program of the hosting institution. BecA has benefited from the original disproportionate amount (2/3 of the total) being spent on BecA. It has also benefited from being at an organization that works better than the national programs where the remaining three were hosted. But the question is now, whether BecA should continue being part of ILRI.WABNet went bankrupt; BecA Net went bankrupt, Sanbio got support from the hosting government and the Gov. of Finland. The original intent was never for BecA to become a full program of ILRI. The original establishment agreement states that
  • For research, we support, lead and co-leadI’m focusing on research, others covered by colleagues.Leading research is critical to make BecA relevant, retain staff and attracting the best staff, users and partners; it’s essential to the sustainability of the Hub.
  • Biosciences eastern and central Africa Hub: Capacity Building: Empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challenges

    1. 1. Biosciences eastern and central Africa Hub: Capacity Building Empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challengesSegenet KelemuDirector, BecA HubNairobi, Kenya
    2. 2. Initial hosting arrangements and the creation of BecAAU/NEPAD – Africa Biosciences Initiative (ABI): Creation of four regionalnetworks: 1. BecA (Biosciences eastern and central Africa) for countries in eastern and central Africa 2. SANBio (Southern African Network for Biosciences) for southern African countries 3. WABNet (West African Biosciences Network) consisting of ECOWAS countries 4. NABNet (North African Biosciences Network) for the countries in North Africa.
    3. 3. BecA Hub: Core activities1. Research Core competencies and research programs in agriculture: crop, animal health and microbial sciences2. Capacity building and training3. Research and Technology-related services4. Focal point for the agricultural research community in eastern and central Africa5. Promotion of product development and delivery
    4. 4. BecA Hub Core competencies• Genomics/Metagenomics• Functional genomics• Bioinformatics• Genetic engineering• Diagnostics• Molecular breeding (marker development and application)• Proteomics• Vaccine technology/Immunology• Vectors (e.g. ticks)• Mycotoxins
    5. 5. Capacity Building Objectives • Strengthen capacity of individuals and institutions to harness the latest biosciences technologies to improve agriculture in Africa • Support African scientists efforts to lead and sustain biosciences research in Africa • Promote access to world-class research and training facilities at the BecA–ILRI Hub
    6. 6. Capacity building activities • Research placements and individual/small group trainees (275 from 21 African countries since 2007) • Training workshops (49 workshops; 1120 trainees from 21 African countries since 2007) • Institutional capacity building • Creating linkages and partnerships; information sharing; creating awareness of BecA-ILRI Hub • Conferences
    7. 7. Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) • Established in September 2010 • New and innovative way of building African biosciences capacity while tackling agricultural constraints • Established as part of the BecA-CSIRO partnership with funding from AusAID • Expanded with funding from BMGF and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs through Sida • Core support from Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture • Growing number of capacity building partners providing co-support (AWARD, ASARECA, UNECSO, LEAP, IFS)
    8. 8. ABCF Research Fellowships Research outputs, plus Building capacity to do research  Technical skills  Good lab practice and H&S  Research ethics  Science communication • Presentations, posters • Publications  Develop partnerships  Research sustainability
    9. 9. ABCF fellowship projects: examples of outputs • Striga resistance in sorghum • Passion fruit virus diagnostics • Maize-sorghum hybrids • PPR thermostable vaccine • East Coast fever: rapid sero-diagnostics • Disease studies - Cassava virus - CBSD - first description in DRC - Potential new races of wheat stem rust Ug99 (Kenya) - Possible new Taro virus (Ethiopia/Burundi) - New virus (Ndumu) in pigs - (Uganda) - African Swine Fever diversity (Uganda) Photo credit: A. Bombom - Northern limit of East Coast fever in South Sudan
    10. 10. ABCF Fellows: leveraging funding Alexander Bombom (Uganda) • Maize-sorghum hybrids • Invited BMGF proposal Dr Felix Meutchieye (Cameroon) • Cameroon goat diversity • BecA-Sweden project Dr Dora Kilalo (Kenya) • Passion fruit virus rapid diagnostics • BecA-Sweden project
    11. 11. Partners …and many more
    12. 12. Thank youAustralia, Benin, Cameroon, England, Ethiopia, Italy, Kenya, USA

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