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Celebrating 15 years of African agricultural biosciences excellence

CelebrateBecA: Watch the short new BecA-ILRI Hub video

To get an overview of the celebrations and plenary presentations of the 15th anniversary of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, held on 3 Feb 2016 at ILRI’s headquarters, in Nairobi, Kenya, quickly click through the story pages below.

Clicking on the gray arrow on the righthand side of the box below (you might have to wait a moment for the box to appear) will take you through all the ‘pages’ of our report of the main plenary presentations given at this event. You can view all the images, posters, films, etc. ‘inline’ right here, without leaving this page (and all the links are ‘hot’—clicking on them will take you to the original material). If you’re a traditionalist, open the story on our Storify site, where you’ll be able to view the whole story at one go by scrolling down through one long page.

Watch this space for a second report coming soon that will cover discussions generated by the three lively panel sessions that followed the opening presentations.

We thank all those who participated in marking this milestone with us, In particular, we thank our co-hosts of this event, the generous aid agencies of Canada and Australia, represented by the Canadian and Australian high commissioners to Kenya, their excellencies David Angell and John Feakes, respectively; as well as the cabinet secretary for the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Willy Bett, who welcomed our guests; our keynote speaker, Ibrahim Mayaki, chief executive officer of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); and our master of ceremonies, Bruce Scott, deputy director general of Columbia Global Centers | Africa and former director for partnerships and communications at ILRI.

What’s this all about?


On 3 Feb 2016 the BecA-ILRI Hub held an event to mark its 15 years as an African centre of excellence for agricultural biosciences research.

For 15 years, the Hub’s staff, managers, scientists, fellows, capacity development experts, facilities and advanced technology platforms and partners have helped empower African scientists and science leaders and leading science institutions to address the continent’s major agricultural development challenges.

The #CelebrateBecA event brought together global, regional and local actors in agricultural biosciences research for development to mark the Hub’s achievements and deliberate on further ways to scale its programs and impacts to advance African agriculture and food and nutritional security.

Read the announcement about this event.

View this collection by scrolling down through one page on Storify: CelebrateBecA—15 years of African agricultural biosciences excellence

View the ILRI livestream footage of the event.

Watch a new 4-min video about the BecA-ILRI Hub.

Follow the hashtag #CelebrateBecA for tweets about the event.

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