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26 November, 2015 - 10:29 By Kate Sweeney

Alliance to tackle African food security challenges

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng at the John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre in Norwich and Nairobi’s Biosciences east and central Africa (BecA) research hub have announced advances in their collaboration which aims to find scientific solutions to African food security challenges.

The BecA-John Innes Centre (JIC) alliance works on collaborative research projects and, in doing so, builds agricultural research capacity in the BecA hub and more widely in eastern and central Africa. 

Professor Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of BecA visited his JIC counterpart 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.

JIC 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.

• PHOTOGRAPH: Professor Appolinaire Djikeng, Director of Biosciences east and central Africa (standing on the right) visited the John Innes Centre and agreed a ten-point programme to strengthen the BecA-JIC alliance.

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