Celebrating outgoing BecA-Sweden partnership leader, Gity Behravan

Wednesday 5 August 2015 - The BecA-ILRI Hub staff and Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellows held a celebration in honour of Dr Gity Behravan, First Secretary – Regional Research Cooperation, at the Embassy of Sweden in Kenya.

Through her oversight role in the BecA-Sweden partnership, Berhavan has been instrumental in the growth of the BecA-ILRI Hub’s capacity to empower African scientists and national agricultural research systems (NARS) to solve Africa’s agricultural challenges by strengthening research for development capacity in biosciences.

'Having engaged with BecA since the very beginning, I am impressed with how it has grown into a vibrant program that is relevant to the wider African science agenda,' said Behravan. 'I am not leaving you behind, but will continue to support this program in my new role in Stockholm.'

The partnership which is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) brings together partners from African NARS, private sector, international research institutes, foreign universities and the CGIAR to conduct research  aimed at achieving food security and climate change mitigation. The partnership also provides financial support for the BecA-ILRI Hub annual training workshops and avails technical advice and enhanced capacity from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) to the bioinformatics platform.

Berhavan who has been with the partnership since its inception in 2011 will be relocating to Stockholm Sweden.

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

Read a related story on the partnership with SLU: Building bioinformatics capacity in Africa - The BecA-ILRI Hub and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences partnership

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