BecA-ILRI hub

Objective

The Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA)-ILRI Hub is a strategic biosciences platform that, through increased use of bioscience-based technologies, aims to improve the livelihoods of millions of resource poor people in Africa. The program’s portfolio comprises research projects on crop and livestock improvement, nutrition and food safety, technology platforms and capacity building.

Recent accomplishments

Over 1,000 scientists from more than 20 countries benefited from short skill-enhancement training courses between 2015 and 2017.

Establishment of 13 communities of practice, linking African scientists of different disciplines with similar interests. Support to grant writing has resulted in proposals worth about USD13 million.

Over 6,000 dairy farmers in Kenya and Rwanda received seeds of a climate-smart Brachiaria forage. Due to the resulting extra forage, they reported increases in milk production of up to 40% and 50% higher live-weight gains in young cattle.

Youtube videos

BecA has a key role for Africa to drive its own agricultural research agenda

Photos from Flickr

Aug/2010 - Women working in the advanced animal health laboratories of ILRI, in Nairobi, Kenya (photo credit: ILRI/David White).Nov/2010 - His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, president of Kenya, with Carlos Seré, ILRI director general, during the official opening of the BecA Hub on 5 Nov 2010 
(photo credit: ILRI/Njuguna).Nov/2010 - 5 Nov 2010
(photo credit: ILRI/MacMillan).Nov/2009 - An Australian delegation on food security, led by the Hon. Bob McMullan, the Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, visited ILRI and BecA on Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 (photo credit: ILRI/Adhoch).Nov/2010 - 5 Nov 2010
(photo credit: ILRI/MacMillan).Nov/2010 - 5 Nov 2010
(photo credit: ILRI/MacMillan).Nov/2010 - Bruce Scott advising the head usher on logistical matters.
5 Nov 2010
(photo credit: ILRI/MacMillan).Oct/2009 - Participants of the BIO-EARN/BecA Hub/CIMMYT workshop on Molecular Marker-assisted breeding and data analysis that concluded on 16 Oct 2009 (photo credit: ILRI/Ibutari).
Nov/2010 - Anne Muhato waits patiently to be addressed by the president of Kenya.
5 Nov 2010
(photo credit: ILRI/MacMillan).