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Community Talk: 29 November at 11 am

Capacity building for directed breeding programs and bioinformatics research at the JKUAT university and KALRO institute in Kenya

In the context of two VLIR-UOS projects, Hasselt University together with JKUAT and KALRO are working on building bioinformatics capacity with the aim of developing directed breeding programs for staple food crops and economically important livestock. These breeding programs are key in protecting the Kenyan socio economic stability as well as safeguarding food production under threat of competing economic conditions and climate change. During these projects, Hasselt University together with the South partners has invested in computing infrastructure, but also in networking and education. This educational part consisted of workshops for students, but also train the trainer events and international mobility from Kenya to Belgium for specialised training. Our aim is to provide a nourishing basis for long term scientific and educational collaboration, e.g. with our international master in statistics. We hope that through this capacity building, we can create a self sustainable research group in Kenya that, together with Hasselt University, will work towards a more sustainable future for Kenyan rural communities.


Hasselt University, D. Valkenborg & S. Appeltans
JKUAT University and KALRO Institute, Hudson Lubabali & Johnstone O. Neondo

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