Nurturing science leadership in Africa


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Nurturing science leadership in Africa

  1. 1. Nurturing science leadership in Africa Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub Capacity building activities Annual hands-on training workshops The BecA-ILRI Hub conducts four annual workshops in key skills areas:  Introduction to molecular biology and bioinformatics (May)  Introduction to principles in lab management (June)  Advanced bioinformatics (August)  Scientific writing (November) The BecA-ILRI Hub has a strong program in capacity building and training focused on increasing the capability of African scientists to use tools of modern biology in addressing food insecurity on the continent. In order to achieve this important mission, the BecA-ILRI Hub has a core capacity building team who are greatly supported by staff from the faculty organizations within our fraternity. Fellowships The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellowship program was designed to facilitate access to the state-of-the-art facilities at the BecA-ILRI Hub for early career African scientists from National Agricultural Research institutions and universities.Through this program, the scientists are able to spend up to six months at the Hub working on their own projects or strengthening ongoing projects within ILRI. 2011-2014 Capacity Building budget: USD 4,870,756 Project Principal Investigator Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA) Jagger Harvey Nutritional characterization and value addition of amaranth vegetable and grain by low cost sustainable processing: towards poverty reduction, food and nutrition security in Kenya and Tanzania (Amaranth) Daniel Sila Domestication of wild edible mushroom species in Eastern Africa (Mushrooms) Amelia Kivaisi Harnessing husbandry of domestic cavy for alternative and rapid access to food and income in Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Cavies) Felix Meutchieye Understanding the epidemiology of African swine fever: as a prerequisite for mitigation of disease impact on pig keeping in East Africa (African Swine fever) Richard Bishop Development of Improved Control Interventions for Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) Jeff Mariner Providing proof of concept for the development of an inactivated vaccine for contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) Joerg Jores Harnessing genetic diversity for improving livestock productivity: goats Morris Agaba Molecular diagnosis of crop and livestock disease Timothy Holton Tissue culture and virus indexing for production of virus-free planting materials in Africa Timothy Holton BecA-Swedish University of agriculture sciences bioinformatics capacity building partnership Appolinaire Djikeng Safe food fair food Delia Grace 2010: 4 2011:9 2012: 62 Increase in number of fellowships Institutional support The BecA-ILRI Hub reaches out to institutions in the region to raise awareness of the facilities at the Hub while identifying key laboratories and individuals who are strategically placed to benefit from its support. Hub scientists work with researchers from visited countries to develop plans for research and capacity building.The visits also help identify priority research areas in which the Hub should expand, based on the needs of researchers and institutions in the region. For further information email: Dawit Beyene, a researcher at the Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture during his six-month placement at the BecA-ILRI Hub. Research assistant Moses Njahira (standing)) takes Prime Gahunga through a protocol at the bench. Prime is a researcher at the Rwanda Agricultural Board on a six-month placement through a co-funding with ASARECA. BecA-ILRI Hub Projects hosting Research Fellows Benoit Gnonlonfin participates in a radio broadcast in Gabon that highlights the BecA-ILRI Hub Research technician Immaculate Wanjuki training Joel Erasto, a laboratory technician from the Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI),Tanzania on fungal evaluation and identification Participants at an Introduction to bioinformatics and genomics workshop conducted at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar by BecA-ILRI Hub post doctoral scientist Francesca Stomeo and bioinformatician, Joyce Nzioki Mobilizing biosciences for Africa’s development This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License July 2013