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  1. 1. Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) Biosciences eastern & central Africa (BecA) Hub International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya
  2. 2. BecA Hub: Core activities 1. Research Core competencies and research programs in agriculture: crop, animal health and microbial sciences 2. Capacity building and training 3. Research and Technology-related services 4. Focal point for the agricultural research community in eastern and central Africa 5. Promotion of product development and delivery
  3. 3. Laboratory facilities for the Hub Seven laboratories to provide for livestock, crop and microbial research and training. Laboratory upgrade and construction:
  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. Partnerships 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 18(+) supported countries: Universities Nat’l Ag Research Systems (NARS) 2004 Research Institutions Nodes: University of Buea, Cameroon 2003 Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania National Agricultural Research Rural Development Organization, Uganda Administration of the Republic of Korea and more… Kigali Institute of Technology, Rwanda
  6. 6. Current BecA Hub Major Funding Agreements • Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (USD 5M; 2009-14) • The BecA-CSIRO partnership is part of the Australia/Africa Food Security Initiative (AUD$ 14M; 2009-13): AusAID • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation core support to BecA Hub (USD 2M, 2011-14) • The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/SIDA (USD12M, 2012- 2015) • In addition to many other investors supporting our partners, graduate students, etc.
  7. 7. SFSA Partnership SFSA BecA Hub Staff salaries Core support Emphasis: Capacity building providing affordable Workshops access to African users, Technical support to Hub promoting African –led Institutional Support projects at Hub, and African Biosciences product development Challenge Fund (through salaries/core support)
  8. 8. BecA-CSIRO Partnership AusAID CSIRO BecA Hub Research Projects Capacity building through African Biosciences Animal health R&D PPR Aflatoxin Amaranth Challenge Fund ASF Food & Nutrition Science • Courses and workshops Mushrooms Domestic • Visiting Scientists CBPP cavies • Institutional Capacity Building CSIRO/Australian scientific collaboration, co- investment and partnership management Core support
  9. 9. BMGF Partnership BMGF BecA Hub Capacity building Key staffing/ through African Biosciences core support Challenge Fund Genomics • Courses and Bioinformatics workshops Crop Breeding • Visiting Scientists • Institutional Capacity Building
  10. 10. Swedish Partnership Ministry for Foreign Affairs SIDA BecA Hub Research Projects Capacity building through Goat improvement African Biosciences Molecular diagnostics: crop and animal diseases Challenge Fund • Courses and Plant tissue culture & virus indexing workshops • Visiting Scientists staffing • Institutional Capacity Building Bioinformatics Core support platform enhancement
  11. 11. Research
  12. 12. ILRI Biotech Research ILRI Biotech Theme Research Major foci Animal health Livestock genetics Pathogen discovery Research includes: CBPP BREAD projects ASF PPR ECF AVID
  13. 13. Hosted Institution Crop Research
  14. 14. BecA Hub Research with Partners Highlights
  15. 15. CAAREA: Activities to date Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA)
  16. 16. Aflatoxin research – critical gaps Potential Intervention Points: Pre-harvest: varieties (eg, KARI 170 to date) Insect damage/resistance Biocontrol Drying Storage Binding clay
  17. 17. Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA) CAAREA objectives 1. Establish mycotoxin diagnostics platform at BecA 2. Characterize Aspergillus flavus from around Kenya and Tanzania (maize and soil): as source of inoculum, resolve key population biology/pathosystem questions, etc. 3. Test modeling as a potential predictive tool and to contextualize findings across Kenya, Tanzania and the region. 4. Identify maize germplasm resistant to aflatoxin accumulation in specific environments (field trials and postharvest experiments), including GxE(xM). 5. National breeders leading field trials will affect subsequent changes to Kenyan and Tanzanian maize breeding programs.
  18. 18. Capacity and Action for Aflatoxin Reduction in Eastern Africa (CAAREA) Projected impact: In Kenya alone, it is estimated that over 5.6 million people in drought prone areas in Eastern and coastal lowlands alone will directly benefit from maize varieties with reduced mycotoxin accumulation. In Tanzania, not only does maize provide 60% of daily dietary calories and about 50% of protein, but it is also a cash crop for 85% of the current Tanzania’s the population which is estimated at about 41 million. Platform will extend the impact by enhancing capacity to address mycotoxins in the region.
  19. 19. CAAREA partners Kenya: BecA Hub at ILRI: Jagger Harvey (Project Leader, Research Scientist); Benoit Gnonlonfin (postdoc); Samuel Mutiga (Cornell PhD student); Eric Magembe; Vincent Were KARI: James Gethi and team, National Maize Research Coordinator University of Nairobi: Sheila Okoth Tanzania: ARI: Arnold Mushongi, National Maize Breeder Open University of Tanzania: Said Massomo Australia: Ross Darnell, biometrician, CSIRO Mary Fletcher, natural product organic chemist, QAAFI/Univ. Queensland Glen Fox, NIR expert, QAAFI/Univ. Queensland Darren Kriticos, ecological modeler, affiliated with CSIRO and Harvest Choice USA: Rebecca Nelson, Cornell University Michael Milgroom, Cornell University Phil Pardey, University of Minnesota, Harvest Choice Other linked scientists: Yash Chauhan, DEEDI (APSIM modeling for predicting aflatoxin risk) Stephen Trowell, CSIRO (electronic nose development as a potential aflatoxin detection method)
  20. 20. Harnessing husbandry of domestic cavies for alternative and rapid access to food and income (Cameroon and Eastern DRC) Justification: Domestic cavies and other short cycle alternative livestock have great potential to contribute to addressing food security challenges in developing countries. Objectives: 1. Characterize current production systems & establish cavies production innovation platforms. 2. Generate and integrate genetic diversity data with other breeding information to design a sustainable cavies production system. 3. Improved feed system for higher cavies productivity. 4. Information dissemination and capacity building. Partners: ILRI/BecA Hub: Appolinaire Djikeng (PI), Mwai Okeyo, Francis Wamonje CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) Cameroon: University of Dschang and Min of Livestock, Heifer Prog International, Farmers’ Voice DRC: Universite Evangelique en Afrique, Women for women Australia: CSIRO Pathway to impact: Improved husbandry practices will be disseminated for a sustainable cavies production linked to market and consumption.
  21. 21. Domestication of wild edible mushrooms in E. Africa (Nat’l Program-Led) Justification: Income generation. Objectives: 1. Collect and characterize wild edible mushrooms. 2. Domesticate them on agro-wastes (eg, sisal, rice straw). 3. Nutritionally profile domesticated varieties. 4. Farmer training. Partners: University of Dar es Salaam Prof. Amelia Kivaisi (PI) Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) University of Burundi CSIRO BecA Hub at ILRI Pathway to impact: Existing mushroom domestication and training programs at each institution will be expanded to include these indigenous varieties.
  22. 22. Amaranth (Nat’l Program Led) Justification: Amaranth is popular (vegetable & grain) in many African countries. Objective: Reduce food and nutrition insecurity in rural communities of SSA by increasing amaranth production & transforming its leaves and grain products into a variety of shelf stable, nutritious, highly acceptable and marketable products. Partners: Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Dr Daniel Sila (PI) Sokoine University of AVRDC (Tanzania) CSIRO BecA Hub at ILRI Pathway to impact: Stakeholder consultations & training through established extension activities at the African institutions will be used. Amaranth is very popular in these countries.
  23. 23. PPR Development of Improved Control Interventions for Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) Justification: PPR is an important disease of small ruminants with challenges in vaccine delivery (cold chain,…). Objectives: 1: To thermostabilize existing PPR vaccine Nigeria 75/1 strain - OIE recommended Widely used in Africa 2: To pilot vaccine delivery models Partners: BecA-ILRI Biotech Au-IBAR Australia Pathway to impact: Research embedded in development (ILRI and AU-IBAR) and piloting of vaccination/new institutional models will help ensure delivery of an improved vaccine.
  24. 24. The BecA Hub: A key driver for Agricultural transformation LOCATION: well positioned to co-operate with regional and international partners. CAPACITY: build a critical mass of scientists by training and engaging them in a wide range of research activities. SCIENCE: focused on research that can address pressing constraints for Africa’s smallholder farmers.
  25. 25. Research-related services at the BecA Hub and their impact on research and capacity building
  26. 26. BecA Hub: Core activities 1. Research 2. Research-related services 3. Capacity building and training 4. Focal point for the agricultural research community in eastern and central Africa 5. Promotion of product development and delivery
  27. 27. Presentation outline I. The Central Core Unit II. The SEGOLIP Unit III. The Genomics platform IV. The Bioinformatics platform V. Other platforms
  28. 28. I. Central Core Unit Staff (10) • 01 Manager • 03 Tech Lab Ass • 06 Lab cleaners Current services • Laboratory cleaning and waste management • Glassware cleaning and sterilization services • Preparation of culture media and buffers • Mol Biol grade water, custom made solutions
  29. 29. I. Central Core Unit (Cont’d) Users/customers • BecA Hub staff and all African researchers using the Hub • ILRI Biotech (media/buffers and packaging of the ITM vaccine) • Hosted institutions (IITA, CIMMYT, CIP) • Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) • Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) • Institute for Primate Research (IPR) • Universities (Univ of Nairobi, JKUAT, KU, MMU, Egerton Univ) • icipe • Other CG centers based in Nairobi • Syngenta Flowers • Makerere University, Uganda • MARI, Tanzania
  30. 30. I. Central Core Unit (outlook) Expansion to other users/customers) • Other institutions in the region (Hub activities’ expansion) Other services under consideration (include) • Molecular biology reagents (nucleic acids extraction reagents, DNA size standards) • Enzymes (i.e. Taq DNA polymerase)
  31. 31. II. SEGOLIP Unit Staff 04 technical staff Extensive lab experience Current Services a. DNA sequencing Sanger sequencing (capillary – low to medium throughput) Pyrosequencing (next generation – high throughput) b. Genotyping Full genotyping 01 (DNA extraction, PCR, fragment analysis) Full genotyping 02 (PCR, fragment analysis) Partial genotyping (fragment analysis)
  32. 32. II. SEGOLIP Unit (Cont’d) Supporting a wide range of research projects Banana Beans Arthropod Cassava vectors Cowpea Buffalo Eucalyptus Chicken Maize Cow Millets Goat Napier grass Pigs Ocimum Sheep Passion fruit Mice Pigeon pea Wildlife Rice Sorghum Striga Bacteria Sugar cane Fungi Sweet potato Parasites Tef Viruses Yam
  33. 33. II. SEGOLIP Unit (Cont’d) Supporting a wide range of programs 1. Generation Challenge Program (GCP): 2011 Work Order • 09 countries (South Africa, The Philippines, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, India, Burkina Faso, Mexico) • 10 crops (maize, rice, sorghum, cowpea, chickpeas, cassava, sweet potatoes, beans, finger millet, pearl millet) 2. Projects at the Hub facilities • Support (services and training) to all ABCF fellows, AWARD fellows, graduates students and other visiting scientists projects • ILRI Biotech Theme • Hosted CGIAR crop centers 3. Other users (African NARS, universities, international research institutes and regional programs, USA, Latin America, Middle East and Asia)
  34. 34. II. SEGOLIP Unit (Cont’d) supporting various breeding programs in Africa 1. Characterization of sorghum germplasm collection focusing on biotic and abiotic stresses (Kassahun Bante – Jimma University, Ethiopia) 2. Stress Tolerant Rice for Africa and South Asia (STRASA) project: Development and delivery of improved rice varieties that are tolerant to five major abiotic stresses; drought, submergence, salinity, iron toxicity and low temperature (Negussie Zena – Africa Rice Center) 3. Cassava breeding in Uganda (Robert Kawuki, NARO, Uganda) 4. Genotyping of sorghum BC4F1 population associated with striga resistance (Rasha Ali – University of Khartoum, Sudan) 5. Genetic diversity to support a goat breeding program in Cameroon (Felix Meutchieye – University of Dschang, Cameroon) 6. Genetic characterization of Senegalese trypanotolerant N’Dama cattle (Mame Diouf – ISRA, Senegal)
  35. 35. II. SEGOLIP Unit (Cont’d) A steadily increasing demand DNA SEQUENCING SERVICE PER YEAR 8000 7000 6000 5000 No of Samples 4000 * 3000 2000 1000 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Year
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  37. 37. IV. The Genomics platform Opportunities for genomics and metagenomics research ABI 3130-xl ABI 3730-xl ABI 3500-xl Capillary sequencing 1 sample = 1 library = 1 plate Next generation 500 mb/run sequencing: 1/2 cassava genome 1/8 human genome 454 GS pyrosequencer
  38. 38. IV. The Genomics platform (Cont’d) Highlights of applications Genomics (microbial and other organisms) 1. Large genomes re-sequencing (Cassava) 2. Viral genomics (African Swine Fever, Rift Valley Fever, blue tongue virus, equine encephalitis virus) 3. Functional genomics (small viral RNAs in cassava) Metagenomics 1. Pathogen discovery, tracking and surveillance of zoonotic diseases (e.g. RVF) 2. Microbiome analysis; environmental metagenomics (e.g. aquatic environment)
  39. 39. IV. The Genomics platform (Cont’d) Major outputs Completed and ongoing projects 1. Re-sequencing of the cassava genome # 06 next gen sequencing runs => 1.4 billions bases => ~ 1.5x coverage of the cassava genome # Ongoing data analysis (BecA Hub/IITA, Univ Arizona) 2. Deep sequencing to support a study on soil management (Study on the interaction between resident and inoculated mycorrhizal communities) – TSBF-CIAT # ¼ next gen sequencing run with 36 multiplexed samples # Ongoing data analysis (BecA Hub, TSBF-CIAT)
  40. 40. IV. The Genomics platform (Cont’d) Major outputs 3. Pathogens genomes sequencing projects (61 viral genomes sequenced so far with 14 deposited @ Genbank) # Rift valley fever virus (16 sequenced and ongoing analysis) # New castle disease virus (03 sequenced and deposited @ Genbank) # African swine fever virus (02 sequenced and ongoing analysis) # Equine encephalitis virus (05 sequenced and ongoing analysis) # Blue tongue virus; collection 1970 – now (24; ongoing sequencing) # Ndumu Virus (07 partially sequenced) // also found in pigs (discovery !!) # Other viruses: Dugbe virus (01), semliki virus (02), bunyamwera (01); deposited @ Genbank
  41. 41. V. The Genomics platform (Cont’d) Highlights of forthcoming projects Genomics: # Genome sequencing of napier stunt disease pathogen, phytoplasma (icipe, ILRI) # Genomics of Novel Respiratory Adenovirus isolates (CDC, Kenya) # Genomic characterization of hMPV isolates in of Kenya (Walter Reed, Kenya) # Heredity and Human Health in Africa (H3 Africa – sequencing and genotyping support), Wellcome Trust and NIH # Development of new markers (Enset, etc..) Metagenomics: # Microbial community in selected environments of Nairobi city district (Univ Notre Dame, ILRI) # “Viromes” of selected African farming systems; assessing food security risks (BecA, KARI, FERA) # Heredity and Human Health in Africa (H3 Africa – sequencing support)
  42. 42. IV. The Bioinformatics platform • Linux cluster • 32 CPUs (AMD 64-bit) • 128 Gigabyte RAM • >10 terabytes disk storage • Grid computing • Parallel applications: > Genome assembly (Newbler, MIRA, Celera, velvet, CAP3. …) > Genome annotation (glimmer, …) > Phylogenetic analysis (Beast, Mr IRRI – Philippines BecA/ILRI Bayes) ICRISAT – India > Other sequence analysis tools CIP – Peru (BLAST, clustalw, HMMER, R) Bioinformatics Group Leader Dr Etienne de Villiers
  43. 43. IV. The Bioinformatics platform (Cont’d) Selected outputs 1. Research support # Genomics approach to the identification of virulence genes of CBPP # Genomics approach to the development of vaccines and diagnostics of camel Streptococcus agalactiae (to support camel milk marketing through improved control of mastitis) # Cassava genome project # Molecular markers development # Diagnostic development (ex. Passion fruit) 2. Capacity building # Since 2006: 15 bioinformatics courses (~ 391 participants from African institutions) # Established a Regional Student Group (RSG) affiliated with The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) in 2007
  44. 44. VI. Other platforms Expanding our research and capacity building and services opportunities 1. Diagnostics platform (from sequence to impact): exploiting genomic data Animal and zoonotic diseases Crop pathogens: Viral diseases Bacteria Ralstonia solanacearum (Endemic disease - keep this out of local seed) Dickeya solani (European disease - keep this out of the region)
  45. 45. VI. Other platforms Expanding our research and capacity building and services opportunities 2. Mycotoxin and nutrition analysis platform Infrastructure: Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer Gas chromatograph – Mass Spectrophotometer (GC-MS) HPLC system comprising UHPLC solvent system Fourier Transform Near Infrared (FT-NIR) spectrometer Applications/measurements: Mycotoxins, sugars, vitamins, carotenoids, phenolics, fatty acids and amino acids, trait analysis (crops and animals)
  46. 46. VI. Other platforms (Cont’d) Expanding our research, capacity building and service opportunities 3. Online data integration and analysis platforms iPlant Collaborative (Cyberinfrastructure to support plant biology research. # Sustainable access to high performance computing, interoperable software analysis, and large data sets ibp (Integrated breeding platform: public web-based one-stop shop for information, analytical tools and related services to design and efficiently conduct molecular-assisted breeding experiments)
  47. 47. Strategies for new equipment and technologies acquisition
  48. 48. Strategies for new equipment and technologies acquisition (Some challenges!!!) BecA Hub Lab asset distribution >100K (30%) 5OK-100K (10%) 10K - 50K (30%) < 10K (30%) Equipment replacement plan # < 100 000 USD (Grants) # > 100 000 USD (special donations) # Capital expenditure ???
  49. 49. Thank you Biosciences eastern & central Africa (BecA) Hub International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya
  50. 50. The BecA Hub Capacity Building Programme
  51. 51. “Biosciences are seen as one of the major engines of growth in the world in fields such as …. agriculture. Africa lags behind in biosciences. The two key problems are lack of sufficient funding from governments and shortage of skilled expertise.” NEPAD
  52. 52. 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 Hub
  53. 53. Building biosciences capacity for improving African agriculture 1. Research placements • Graduate students • Visiting scientists 2. Individual/small group training 3. Training workshops 4. Conferences 5. Institutional capacity building 6. Linkages, information, creating awareness of BecA Hub
  54. 54. Growing numbers using the Hub Graduate students, visiting scientists and short term trainees
  55. 55. Individual/small group training • 1-5 trainees • 1-4 weeks • Customised training • One or more technologies
  56. 56. Training workshops • Hosted by the BecA Hub – 2007-2011: 42 training workshops – Examples (2011): • Basic Laboratory Health and Safety (ILRI, BecA) • Marker Assisted Breeding (ICRISAT) • Annual practical training workshops organised by BecA Hub, under ABCF 1. Science paper writing 2. Introduction to molecular biology and bioinformatics 3. Advanced bioinformatics 4. New for 2012: Laboratory management & equipment maintenance
  57. 57. Science Writing Workshops: 2009 - 2011 • Applications: 703 (2009), 560 (2011) • 64 participants from 15 African countries (27 women, 37 men) • Outputs (2009, 2010): 24 papers submitted, 15 published • 2009: BMGF funding; training by Scriptoria • 2010, 2011: AusAID funding; training led by CSIRO “I had been struggling for one year with my introduction, but I finished it in one afternoon.” Anne Akol, Senior Lecturer, Makerere University, Uganda
  58. 58. Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Workshop 2011 • 21 participants (6 women, 15 men) • 10 African countries • Research discovery process Tissue DNA PCR Cloning Sequencing BLAST Sequence analysis
  59. 59. Advanced bioinformatics workshop 2011: Next Generation Sequencing for Africa • 24 participants (18 men, 6 women) from Africa • 13 tutors from Kenya, Europe, USA • EMBO Global Exchange Lecture Course: Next Generation Sequencing data analysis • 4 collaborations initiated - RVFV (VRI-Sudan, ILRI-BecA) - Finger millet SNPs (KU-Ke, U Liverpool) - Trypanosome MDR (SUA-Tz, U Liverpool) - Drought stress in banana (Makerere U-Ug, BecA)
  60. 60. Building capacity through research • Major focus – Post graduate research projects (up to 3-4 yrs) – Students registered at many universities – Visiting scientist placements (up to 6 months) – Employees from NARIs and Universities ABCF: African Biosciences Challenge Fund
  61. 61. Making the ABCF possible • Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) • BecA-CSIRO partnership funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) • Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
  62. 62. ABCF Research Fellowships • Large demand for use of BecA Hub: inadequate funds • Enable African scientists access Hub facilities and services, for high quality research addressing African agricultural problems • Researchers from national research institutes and African universities • 3-6 months at the Hub • Competitive basis or targeted ‘fast track’
  63. 63. ABCF Research Fellows Charles Masembe Department of Zoology, Makerere University, Uganda Pig diseases and food security: Next-generation DNA sequencing of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in Uganda Selamawit Bedane (Haramaya University, Ethiopia) Sisay Alemu (Holetta Agricultural Research Center, EIAR, Ethiopia) Molecular characterization of enset from Ethiopia using banana microsatellite markers
  64. 64. ABCF Research Fellows Dia Hassan Central Veterinary Research Laboratories, Khartoum, Sudan Theileria parva genotyping to support control of East Coast fever, an emerging disease in South Sudan Dora Kilalo Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi Passion fruit woodiness disease diagnostics
  65. 65. ABCF Research Fellows Alexander Bombom Department of Agricultural Production, Makerere University Molecular characterization of maize-sorghum hybrids Félix Meutchieye University of Dschang, Cameroon Molecular characterization of Cameroon indigenous goats and sheep
  66. 66. Building capacity of African institutes • National Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Holetta, Ethiopia • Gulu University, Uganda • Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania
  67. 67. Raising awareness 38 institutes and organisations in 8 countries visited in 2011 • Burundi • Cameroon • Ethiopia • Rwanda • Sudan • Tanzania • Uganda • Nigeria • Conferences in many countries • BecA workshops • Website • Printed materials • We host over 1500 visitors per year
  68. 68. BecA alumni: Where are they now? IRRI
  69. 69. Integration of research, capacity building and research- related services For a better delivery of the BecA mission Research Research Capacity related building services
  70. 70. Acknowledgements • Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)/CSIRO • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) • Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) • Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) • NEPAD/AU • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) • Google Foundation • Rockefeller Foundation • Gatsby Charitable Foundation • Doyle Foundation • The Kenyan Government • and many others
  71. 71. Thank you IRRI

Editor's Notes

  • These projects were identified through a series of workshops including African and Australian and other partners, focused on food and nut sec