BecA-ILRI Hub: Building science leadership in Africa


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BecA-ILRI Hub: Building science leadership in Africa

  1. 1. Our vision To contribute towards improving the livelihoods of millions of resource poor people in Africa through the use of bioscience based technologies. Our mission Mobilizing bioscience for Africa’s development by providing a center for excellence in agricultural biosciences. BecA Countries Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Republic of the Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda Core activities Research to improve food and nutritional security in Africa Research at the Hub is conducted under the priority themes of: • Food and nutritional safety and security • Income generation for small scale producers • Environmental sustainability, including the conservation and utilization of biodiversity • Increasing regional and international trade Capacity building to empower African scientists and institutions The Hub engages early career African scientists in a wide range of activities which include annual training workshops, institutional capacity development, the Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellowship program. Technologies and research related services to support regional, national and international research institutes The Hub ensures the continued availability of an up to date suite of biosciences technologies and offer support services to researchers, scientists, students and partners from national and international agricultural research institutions, universities and the private sector. Product development and delivery of tools for improved agricultural diagnostics The Hub is strengthening existing partnerships with the private sector and other stakeholders including research fellows and visiting scientists for the development of products such as crop and animal disease diagnostic tools and their delivery by the private sector. Building strategic partnerships with national and international research institutions The BecA-ILRI Hub is successfully helping build linkages in the region through partnering with national and international agricultural research institutions on various activities. Mobilizing biosciences for Africa’s development This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License May 2013 What is the BecA-ILRI Hub? The BecA-ILRI Hub is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform located at and managed by ILRI in Nairobi. It exists to increase access to affordable, world-class research facilities and technologies that will accelerate agricultural research and innovations by African and international scientists conducting research on agricultural challenges on the continent. Who are our donors? The BecA-ILRI Hub receives substantial financial support from Australian Agency for International Development through the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canadian International Development Agency, the McKnight Foundation, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. A number of other governments, and international and regional foundations and organizations also provide invaluable support to our partners and scientists.