CGIAR Fund Council members visit the BecA-ILRI Hub

Appolinaire Djikeng with CGIAR Fund Council Members at the BecA-ILRI Hub 8 November 2013Members of the CGIAR Fund Council had an opportunity to see firsthand how high end biosciences are enhancing agricultural research for development in Africa.

As part of their visit to the ILRI Campus in Nairobi on November 8 2013, the Fund Council members were led on a tour of the BecA-ILRI Hub by Director, Appolinaire Djikeng. The BecA-ILRI Hub facilities have been made available to visiting scientists from different National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) all over Africa through a strong capacity building program and through collaborative research projects.

As they toured the facilities which include a range of advanced molecular biology, immunology, diagnostics, crop research laboratories, genomics and bioinformatics platforms, and a bio-repository, the Fund Council Members interacted with some of the visiting African scientists and learnt about the increased opportunities for CGIAR Research programs to complement Africa’s agriculture development plans and priority research initiatives.


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