The purpose of the ABCF fellowship is to develop capacity for agricultural biosciences research in Africa, to support research for development projects that ultimately contribute towards increasing food and nutritional security and/or food safety in Africa, and to facilitate access to the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities by African researchers (and their partners). The fellowships are offered to applicants with innovative ideas for short to medium term research projects (up to 12 months) aligned with national, regional or continental agricultural development priorities, CGIAR R&D agendas, that can be undertaken at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

Areas of research
Applicants must be scientists affiliated (through employment) with an African NARS institution and conducting research in any or a combination of the following areas;

  •     Improved control of priority livestock and fish diseases including but not limited to: African Swine Fever (ASF); Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) and Contagious Caprine Pleuropneumonia (CCPP); Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR);Rift Valley Fever (RVF); East Coast Fever (ECF); Capripox Virus diseases of ruminants; Foot and Mouth Disease;
  •     Harnessing genetic diversity for conservation, resistance to disease and improving productivity of crops and livestock and fish (livestock focus: African indigenous breeds, particularly goats, chickens, alternative small livestock species);
  •     Molecular breeding for important food security crops in Africa;
  •     Plant transformation to address food insecurity in Africa;
  •     Plant-microbe interactions;
  •     Tissue culture and virus indexing for production of virus-free planting materials in Africa;
  •     Orphan/underutilized species of crops and livestock
  •     Crop pests, pathogens and weed management research, including biological control;
  •     Microbial technology for improving adaptation of staple food crops and forages to biotic and abiotic stresses;
  •     Food safety, including addressing aflatoxin and other mycotoxins contamination in food and feeds;
  •     Nutritional analysis of food and animal feeds;
  •     Rapid diagnostics for crop, livestock and fish diseases;
  •     Genomics, bioinformatics and metagenomics including microbial discovery;
  •     Studies on climate-smart forage grasses and mixed livestock-crop systems;
  •     Soil health in agricultural systems.

This list is not exhaustive and applications on other relevant topics are welcome. Special opportunities also exist to connect with leading international scientists linked with the BecA-ILRI Hub in the following areas: wheat rust, insect pests and nitrogen fixation. Other special opportunities exist to connect with CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). Such collaboration would allow the applicant’s research to contribute more directly to an impact-oriented R4D agenda, and offer additional opportunities for joint activities.

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