The BecA-ILRI Hub - A vibrant, dynamic center of bioscience excellence

Partnerships between scientists in and outside Africa are an integral part of research geared towards achieving food security on the continent.

In Kenya, the Arbovirus Incidence and Diversity Project (AVID ) brought together (icipe), Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI ); Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS); Department of Veterinary Services; Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation; and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI ) to improve the prediction and prevention of rift valley fever (RVF) and other emerging arboviruses that have serious health and economic implications on animal husbandry in Africa.

In 2008 as Program Director of Google’s philanthropic team, Frank Rijsberman played a major role in the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment that enabled the processing of large amounts of samples from wildlife, livestock, insects and people as part of AVID, and which now forms a part of the BecA-ILRI Hub genomics and bioinformatics platform. In January 2013, Rijsberman visited the BecA-ILRI Hub as the Chief Executive Officer of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium and had the opportunity to see first-hand, how the initial investment by Google has contributed to vibrant livestock and crop research by scientists from all over eastern and central Africa together with their regional and international partners.

Frank Rijsberman has referred to his tour of the BecA-ILRI Hub as being the highlight of his day at ILRI. Read more about his visit from his blog - The BecA-ILRI Hub: an African life science center of excellence.

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