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Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF)        Empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challengesRob...
BecA-ILRI Hub: Capacity building          • Research placements and individual/small            group trainees (270 indivi...
Components of ABCF • ABCF Research Fellowships • Training workshops • Creating awareness and   institutional capacity buil...
ABCF Research Fellowships      • Large demand for Hub, inadequate        funds      • Capacity building through research  ...
ABCF Research Fellowships    • Country priorities    • Pathway to impact    • Deliver new technologies    • Strengthen ong...
ABCF Research Fellowships        Research outputs, plus:        Building capacity to do research             Technical sk...
Growing numbers of ABCF Fellows                                2010-20123025                                              ...
ABCF Fellows: represented countries          BecA countries          (12)          Non-BecA countries          (3)
ABCF Fellows: Thematic groups           •   Cassava viruses in Congo           •   Trypanosomiasis epidemiology in        ...
ABCF projects: examples of outputs            •   Striga resistance in sorghum            •   Passion fruit virus diagnost...
Example of outputs: ‘Disease reports’       •   Cassava virus -CBSD (DRC)       •   Potential new races of Ug99 (Kenya)   ...
ABCF Fellows: leveraging funding           Alex Bombom (Uganda)           • Maize-Sorghum Hybrid           • Invited BMGF ...
ABCF: Annual Workshops                •       Introduction to Molecular Biology and                        Bioinformatics ...
Raising awareness in the 18 BecA countries• Country Visits: 39 institutions and  organisations visited in 2011/2012       ...
Country visit :        Burundi                              Mushroom Lab                             partner on FANS      ...
Institutional capacity building       • National Agricultural         Biotechnology         Centre, EIAR, Holetta, Ethiopi...
Partners• AusAID through the BecA-CSIRO partnership• Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs through  the Swedish Internation...
Other capacity building partnerships      • African Women in Agricultural Research        and Development (AWARD)      • A...
Partners           …and growing
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Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) : Empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challenges

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Presentation by Rob Skilton at the 'BecA-CSIRO Partnership Review meeting' held on 10-14 September 2012 at ILRI Nairobi, Kenya Campus.

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  1. 1. Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Empowering African scientists to solve Africa’s agricultural challengesRob Skilton11 Sept 2012
  2. 2. BecA-ILRI Hub: Capacity building • Research placements and individual/small group trainees (270 individuals; 21 African countries) • Training workshops (48 workshops; 1100 trainees; 21 African countries) • Institutional capacity building • Linkages, information, creating awareness • Conferences
  3. 3. Components of ABCF • ABCF Research Fellowships • Training workshops • Creating awareness and institutional capacity building
  4. 4. ABCF Research Fellowships • Large demand for Hub, inadequate funds • Capacity building through research • NARIs and universities • Up to 6 months at Hub • Competitive; targeted
  5. 5. ABCF Research Fellowships • Country priorities • Pathway to impact • Deliver new technologies • Strengthen ongoing projects • Innovative research • Attach to BecA-ILRI Hub activities • Leverage funding • Partnerships for research
  6. 6. ABCF Research Fellowships Research outputs, plus: Building capacity to do research  Technical skills  Analytical skills  Good lab practice and H&S  Science communication • Presentations • Publications  Develop partnerships  Research sustainability
  7. 7. Growing numbers of ABCF Fellows 2010-20123025 Total: 512015 Women: 33%10 Men: 67% 5 0 Sept 2010 - Mar 2011 - Sept 2011 - Mar 2012 - Feb 2011 Aug 2011 Feb 2012 Aug 2012
  8. 8. ABCF Fellows: represented countries BecA countries (12) Non-BecA countries (3)
  9. 9. ABCF Fellows: Thematic groups • Cassava viruses in Congo • Trypanosomiasis epidemiology in Uganda • Cavies, goat and chicken diversity for improvement • Taro tissue culture and disease diagnostics • Control of theileriosis in East Africa
  10. 10. ABCF projects: examples of outputs • Striga resistance in sorghum • Passion fruit virus diagnostics • Maize-Sorghum Hybrid • PPR thermostable vaccine in Sudan • New molecular tools to study theileria diversity • East Coast Fever: rapid sero-diagnostics • ‘Disease reports’
  11. 11. Example of outputs: ‘Disease reports’ • Cassava virus -CBSD (DRC) • Potential new races of Ug99 (Kenya) • Possible new Taro virus (Ethiopia) • Ndumu virus in pigs (Uganda) • ASFV diversity (Uganda) • Theileria (Sudan and South Sudan)
  12. 12. ABCF Fellows: leveraging funding Alex Bombom (Uganda) • Maize-Sorghum Hybrid • Invited BMGF proposal Felix Meutchieye (Cameroon) • Cameroon goat diversity • BecA-Sweden project Dora Kilalo (Kenya) • Passion fruit virus diagnostics • BecA-Sweden project
  13. 13. ABCF: Annual Workshops • Introduction to Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (2011, 2012) • Advanced Genomics and Bioinformatics (2011, 2012) • Scientific Research Paper Writing (2010, 2011, Nov 2012) • Laboratory Management and Equipment Operations (2012)BecA countries: 15Non-BecA countries: 2
  14. 14. Raising awareness in the 18 BecA countries• Country Visits: 39 institutions and organisations visited in 2011/2012 2011/12 Planned Burundi Equatorial Guinea Cameroon Madagascar DR Congo São Tomé and Príncipe Ethiopia Rwanda Sudan Tanzania • Mailing list • Website • Meetings/Conferences • Annual letter
  15. 15. Country visit : Burundi Mushroom Lab partner on FANS project • Burundi University; 4 workshop participants • Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du 3 ABCF Burundi (ISABU) Fellowships (Taro) BecA-Sweden plant tissue culture and diagnostics project • Agrobiotec h • Phytolabu
  16. 16. Institutional capacity building • National Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, EIAR, Holetta, Ethiopia • Gulu University, Uganda • Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania
  17. 17. Partners• AusAID through the BecA-CSIRO partnership• Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (sida)• The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation• Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  18. 18. Other capacity building partnerships • African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) • Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) • United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) • International Foundation For Science (IFS)
  19. 19. Partners …and growing
  20. 20. Thank you
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