Africa needs skilled researchers in the biosciences who can contribute towards the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These scientists need access to state-of-the-art laboratories. With limited resources, a collaborative approach is needed to address issues affecting agricultural productivity in the continent and ensure greater impact.
The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) has already provided research opportunities to over 250 scientists. It catalyses deployment of bioscience to deliver food security, biosecurity and human health outcomes. Operating at the intersection between agricultural research for development, food security and individual and institutional capacity building, ABCF provides pipelines for accelerating the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) innovations towards impact, while also strengthening their human resources and institutional systems.
The ABCF makes the BecA-ILRI Hub facilities available to African scientists. It offers competitive, fully-funded research placements of 3–12 months, training and workshops, enabling NARS scientists to undertake research that has the potential to improve food security on the continent. Training courses contribute towards strengthening the capacities of NARS scientists and their institutions by improving their research environments. Our overall goal is that relevant and high-quality research is put into use.