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BBSRC to join Gates Foundation to host African workshop on biotic stress crops

16 February 2010

BBSRC is collaborating with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Biosciences eastern and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub to bring together scientists from sub-Saharan Africa, the USA and UK to foster scientific collaborations with the potential to create new pathways out of poverty for African farming families. The three organisations are coming together to host the Agricultural Research Connections (ARC) in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop, on biotic stress in crop plants, will be held May 2-7 2010 and aims to foster international scientific collaborations.

In addition to learning about agriculture in Kenya, participating scientists will be given the opportunity to describe their own areas of expertise and explore with other workshop participants possible collaborations that could contribute to the advancement of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa for the benefit of smallholder farmers. The goal of this workshop is to catalyze new research partnerships among world class scientists in the US, UK, and Africa who could then compete for funding through calls for proposals such as the U.S. National Science Foundation's Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program and BBSRC.

Interested participants need to complete a simple online application form by 26 February 2010.