The BecA-ILRI Hub strengthens agricultural bioscience research support to Côte d’Ivoire

A delegation from the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub visited the University Peleforo Gon Coulibaly of Korhogo (UPGC) Abidjan office on 5 September 2017. The meeting was called to enable the university and the BecA-ILRI Hub develop strategies to activate an existing memorandum of understanding.

The BecA-ILRI Hub team comprising director Jacob Mignouna, crop breeder Nasser Yao and communications officer Ethel Makila were in Côte d'Ivoire in the context of the 7th African Green Revolution Forum whose theme was Accelerating Africa’s Path to Prosperity: Growing Inclusive Economies and Jobs through Agriculture. They were met by the university’s president Prof Adama Coulibaly; vice president, Prof Ferdinand Adja Vanga; director of agro-pastoral management institute, Prof René Yadé Soro; lecturer/researcher in agro-economy and chief of the president’s staff, Guy Romaric Balle; and zootechnician-geneticist and technical advisor to the president Parfait Kouakou.

The meeting between the two teams was a follow up to a visit by UPGC senior officials to ILRI in 2014 organized by Parfait Kouakou, an alumnus of the BecA-ILRI Hub’s Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellowship program and steward of the BecA-supported community of practice on domestic cavy research.

The growing partnership between the BecA-ILRI Hub and UPGC that was initiated by Kouakou is testament to the mentorship in science leadership provided to researchers from national agricultural research systems through the ABCF program.


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  • Guest (Anique Gbotto)

    Such kind of patnerships are needed in our francophone University in order to strengthen their capacity.

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