2013 Agricultural Research Connections Workshop

The PEARL Program

2013 Agricultural Research Connections Workshop

Agricultural Research Connections Workshops:  Encouraging Scientific Research Collaborations to Benefit African Farmers

These unique workshops will bring together scientists based within and outside of sub-Saharan Africa to foster scientific collaborations with the potential to create new pathways out of poverty for African farming families by addressing issues related to the crops and livestock on which they depend. 

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. The goal of these workshops is to catalyze new research partnerships among high-caliber scientists who could then compete for funding through calls for proposals such as the upcoming Program for Emerging Agricultural Research Leaders (PEARLs), with projects led by scientists in African national programs. The call for this program is now open, and more information on this program is be available on the Gates Foundation website at: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/General-Information/Grant-Opportunities/Program-for-Emerging-Agricultural-Research-Leaders

Workshop participants will tour regional laboratories and facilities, visit local farmers, and engage in discussion sessions in Nairobi and the surrounding area. Sessions will include presentations on agricultural challenges in Africa. We expect participants to play an active role in seeking and developing new research partnerships, including developing proposal outline ideas for future competitive funding opportunities.

We will be hosting three ARC workshops this summer:

July 21st – 26th (This workshop will be focused on livestock.)

July 28th – August 2nd 

August 25th – August 30th

Participants will be selected based on criteria including scientific excellence (for career stage), and potential for developing collaborative projects relevant to Africa. Prior international experience is not required and first-time visitors to Africa and early career scientists are especially encouraged to apply. We hope to include scientists from a range of disciplines related to crop, soil and livestock sciences, with varying levels of experience, transformative ideas, and a shared passion for the potential of science to alleviate poverty among smallholder farming families. Childcare options will be provided for mothers with nursing infants who are selected to attend.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the online application by May 15th, 2013.

The workshops will be co-hosted by the Biosciences for east and central Africa (BecA) Hub at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The BecA-ILRI Hub is located on the ILRI campus in Nairobi, Kenya. The Hub is a modern biosciences research and training facility that supports eastern and central African countries to address agriculture-related problems of the highest priority for alleviating poverty and promoting development. http://hub.africabiosciences.org/

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. 
See more about our Agricultural Development strategy at: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Agricultural-Development

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