BecA-ILRI Hub director visits AfriqueOne- African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence program in Abidjan

The recently appointed director of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, Jacob Mignounga visited the AfriqueOne-African Science Partnership for Intervention Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program office at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques (CSRS) in Côte d'Ivoire on 7 September 2017.

The visit was an opportunity for the AfriqueOne-ASPIRE team to meet with the new BecA-ILRI Hub director, Jacob Mignouna and apprise him of the activities of the partnership which is building a world-leading pan-African research capacity in One Health science—ensuring better human and animal health and well-being, greater financial efficiencies and the development of environmental services through closer cooperation between human and animal health, and related disciplines and sectors. 

AfriqueOne-ASPIRE program manager Kathrin Tokpa, communication officer Emmanuel Dabo, and the head of CSRS research group on biodiversity ethology and conservation (BEC) Karim Ouattara, received the BecA-ILRI Hub director. BecA-ILRI Hub communication officer Ethel Makila, plant molecular breeder Nasser Yao and alumnus of the Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellowship program Parfait Kouakou, who is the technical adviser to the president of University Peleforo Gon Coulibaly in Korhogo, Côte d'Ivoire were part of the visit that included a tour of the research facilities at CSRS.

Ouattara gave a presentation on the work of CSRS while Tokpa’s presentation on the AfriqueOne-ASPIRE program highlighted the BecA-ILRI Hub’s main role as: the provision of laboratory and bioinformatics training; hosting of research fellows through the Africa Bioscience Challenge Fund (ABCF) fellowship program; access to the biobank at ILRI’s Azizi biorepository; postdoctoral scientist training opportunities; mentorship; and collaborative resource mobilization. The BecA-ILRI Hub’s senior scientist Wellington Ekaya is also a member of the board committee on communications and policy for the Afrique One-ASPIRE. 

Following both presentations, Ouattara emphasized the need for strengthened partnerships that would leverage expertise in various African research centres of excellence, for example genomics expertise at the BecA-ILRI Hub.

Mignouna concluded that the BecA-ILRI Hub and AfriqueOne-ASPIRE have a strong partnership on which to base joint resource mobilization activities, going forward.


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