Alliance to tackle African food security challenges strengthened

The John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich and the Biosciences east and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi have announced advances in their collaboration which aims to find scientific solutions to African food security challenges.

The BecA-JIC alliance works on collaborative research projects and, in doing so, builds agricultural research capacity in the BecA-ILRI Hub and more widely in eastern and central Africa.

The BecA-ILRI Hub Director Dr Appolinaire Djikeng, visited JIC Director of International Strategy and Liaison Support Serviceshis Dr Christopher Darby earlier this week to thrash out a ten-point programme of collaboration over the next two years. Projects include improving food crops using modern breeding techniques, reducing the levels of toxins found in certain African crops and transferring key technology platforms from the UK to Africa.

The John Innes Centre has already posted a full-time research scientist to Nairobi as a concrete expression of the alliance’s goal to strengthen research through the mobility of scientists.

Original post by Kate Sweeney on BusinessWeekly

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  • Guest (Dr Wilfred Abia)

    Great job, keep it up and tomorrow we would have move current continental challenges to a more bearable level.

    As such, I will be delighted to be part/make contributions towards your recently announced advances in your collaboration which aims to find scientific solutions to African food security challenges.
    I have taken so much interest scientifically and with involvement of community in the domain of food security and safety issues and so will be very willing to collaborate and share my experiences/expertise.

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