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BecA-Sweden partnership

Partnership on food security

The partnership on food security is a funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs through Sida. This partnership supports a portfolio of research projects on crop and livestock improvement; provides core funding to bolster management of the Hub facilities and supports the development of new technology platforms and the Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund fellowship program to provide fellowships, training courses and mentoring to visiting scientists and post-graduate students.

The research component brings together scientists from 16 institutions across five African countries, the United States of America and France working on projects to improve the productivity of a range of underutilized plant species, and of livestock through improved health and breeding practices.

Through the partnership, the BecA-ILRI Hub bioinformatics platform has access to technical advice and enhanced capacity from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), including an infrastructure upgrade.

Projects under this partnership include:

  • Clean and resistant planting materials: plant tissue culture and transformation projects
  • Development of enset with resistance to bacterial wilt:
  • Tissue culture methods for in vitro multiplication of the indigenous tree species baobab (Adansonia digitata) and rose apple (Syzygium jambos)
  • Tissue culture methods for the production of virus-free garlic
  • Tissue culture for the production of quality yam planting material
  • Tissue culture methods for the production of quality passion fruit planting material


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