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Enhancing international partnerships for agricultural productivity in Africa – The BecA-ILRI Hub’s research for development partnership with Sweden in focus

From 29-30 June 2015, the Director of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, Appolinaire Djikeng, visited the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) in Stockholm to discuss Sweden’s continued role in enhancing agricultural productivity in Africa.

For the past nine years, the BecA-ILRI Hub and SLU have been partnering to increase the capability of African national agricultural research systems (NARS) in bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary field which addresses biological problems using computational techniques. The BecA-ILRI Hub has also, since 2012, been implementing a suite of unique research projects focused on achieving food security and climate change mitigation with funding from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Sida.

The deliberations during the meetings focused on the key outputs of the BecA- Sweden partnership, the lessons learned and emerging areas of collaboration.  Plans for joint resource mobilization and implementation of collaborative programs were also discussed in the context of a presentation given by Djikeng on ‘The BecA-ILRI Hub and its role in enhancing agricultural productivity in Africa through regional and international collaborations for research for development.’

Read the original story here: SLU enhances the collaboration with bioscience hub in eastern and central Africa

Read a related story on the partnership with SLU here:

Building bioinformatics capacity in Africa: The BecA-ILRI Hub and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences partnership

Find out more about the BecA-Sweden partnership here.

 

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