Agriculture / Burundi / Directorate / East Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya / Rwanda / Tanzania / Uganda

New program to provide grants to East Africa’s bioscientists

Bio-Innovate launch: Bio-Innovate's Seyoum Leta

Seyoum Leta, manager of the Bio-Innovate Program, speaks at the program’s official launch this week at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in Nairobi (photo credit: ILRI/MacMillan).

‘A Bioresources Innovation Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) programme has been launched to provide grants to bioscientists working to improve food production and environmental management in East Africa.

‘The programme launched at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi Kenya recently, provides grants to African researchers working with the private sector and non-governmental organisations to find ways to improve food security, boost resilience to climate change and identify environmentally sustainable ways of producing food.

‘The ILRI managed five-year programme, to be implemented in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia is funded with a $12 million grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

‘In its first three-year phase, the programme will support five research-based projects working to improve the productivity of sorghum, millet, cassava, sweet potato, irish potato and bean farmers.

‘It will also help smallholder farmers adapt to climate change, improve the processing of wastes in the production of sisal and coffee and to better treat waste water generated in leather processing and slaughterhouse operations. . . .’

Read the whole article at Project to spur farm science innovation in East Africa launched, 18 Mar 2011.

For more about the launch, read the Top Story about it posted on ILRI’s News Blog yesterday.

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