A launchpad to research impact in Africa

From 5–10 February, the BecA-ILRI Hub hosted scientists from top UK research institutions seeking strategic partnerships for collaborative research and transfer of technologies to increase the impact of their work on agricultural development in Africa.

From the University of Cambridge, research group leader John Carr and PhD fellow Francis Wamonje, who have been collaborating with the BecA-ILRI Hub in the BBSRC funded project on common bean improvement, gave seminars to expound on their findings in the project and held discussions on possible future avenues of collaboration in the context of bean research.

Director, Neil Hall; head of plant genomics, Anthony Hall; and Robert Davey who heads the data infrastructure and algorithms group of the Earlham Institute gave seminars to demonstrate the bioinformatics and genomics capacity of their institution. They also participated in discussions with BecA-ILRI HubILRI and ICRAF staff on possible joint resource mobilization to leverage their institution’s advanced research capabilities.

From Rothamsted Research, a team of 16 researchers led by Head of Grants and International Programmes Simon Vaughan, co-hosted a two-day workshop with the BecA-ILRI Hub to build new research partnerships with national agricultural research systems (NARS), CG centers and other advanced research institutions.  The workshop explored future opportunities for substantive collaborations in livestock, crop and climate change research.

The BecA-ILRI Hub continues to act as a magnet to facilitate high-end biosciences research in Africa owing to its positioning at ILRI within the CGIAR system, its well-developed research network with NARS and its advanced capacity building, technological and research for development, capabilities.

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