Swedish funding to boost bioscience research and capacity building in eastern and central Africa

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub has received USD 5.5 million to support the increased application of biosciences to boost agricultural productivity in the eastern and central Africa.

The grant to the BecA-ILRI Hub has been awarded by the Swedish government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), for a period of five years starting from 1 July 2017.

The support of the Government of Sweden to the BecA-ILRI Hub started in 2011. The resources were targeted to the development of a comprehensive mix of innovative research for development and capacity building activities under the food security program. 

Building on the successes of the food security program, Sida funded another program on Climate-smart Brachiaria grasses to increase livestock production in East Africa in 2012. This program is aimed at enhancing availability of quality forage for dry semi-arid lands and other agro-ecological zones of Kenya and Rwanda. 

Sida senior policy specialist Claes Kjellström said that so far, the BecA-ILRI Hub has had excellent performance and attained all agreed objectives with very few risks. He added:

‘The BecA-ILRI Hub’s approach to research for development is consistent with the Swedish government’s strategy of creating synergies between research across different programs and with other development investments’.

Agreeing with Kjellström, BecA-ILRI Hub director Jacob Mignounga said:

‘The BecA-ILRI Hub is the right program for the region and such funding will help ensure that we maintain our course in achieving agricultural transformation and a great future for Africa.’  

Jimmy Smith, ILRI director general appreciated Sweden’s decision to fund agricultural research amid a general shift in priorities for development funding saying:

‘We realise that the enormous pressure to give precedence for overseas development funding to education, healthcare, national security, climate change and emergency assistance compared to agriculture. This funding is therefore a testament to the significance placed by Sweden in the development  outcomes of the BecA-ILRI Hub’s interventions.’

In 2013, Sida awarded a supplementary grant to the BecA-ILRI Hub that provided additional resources for research, capacity building and strengthening technology platforms of the BecA-ILRI Hub and three NARS institutions. 

This new support to BecA-ILRI Hub’s research, capacity building and technology platforms will facilitate the strengthening of existing partnerships with national agricultural research systems and other donor funded initiatives that are visibly contributing to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) agenda. 

 

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  • Guest (habiballa)

    (sida) really doing good jobs to fill the gap between the rich and poor community
    here in our country Sudan we suffer a lot from sanction and now it`s raised we hope sida to give a hand to our country we still lagging behind in every thing capacity building will makes a difference so we need a hand in all renewable energies (wind ,biofuel,solar,hydropower technology specially in micro hydro and all incentives mechanism( feed-in-tariff...etc) hope to see you and a big projects thanx you a lot for all you are done and you shall do

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