Knowledge for Development

National S&T organizations

African S&T organizations at country level.

Botswana: Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC)

Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) is an R&D organization based in Gaborone promoting the adaptation and development of technologies. BOTEC provides specialized S&T information to government, institutions and individuals, and promotes S&T in Botswana.


Burkina Faso : Institut de l'environnement et des recherches agricoles (INERA)

INERA is one of the four research institutes of the National Centre for Science and Technology. This is a public body, officially mandated with the formulation, the implementation and the coordination of environmental and agricultural research in Burkina Faso.


Burundi : Agricultural Research Institute of Burundi

The Agricultural Research Institute of Burundi (L' Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi, ISABU), is a gouvernmental agency under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and promotes and coordinates agricultural research in Burundi.


Côte d’Ivoire : Réseau Technique de la Francophonie (ISYSPHYT)

ISYSPHYT est au service des centres de recherche qui le souhaitent, pour la promotion de leurs activités. Notez que, dans leur rubrique, les centres et stations de recherche, peuvent publier également des protocoles d'essais et tous autres documents (articles scientifiques, rapports d'activité, etc.) utiles dans le cadre de leurs relations avec les autres scientifiques et le public.


Dem. Rep. Congo: Hanns Seidel Foundation (Mampu Project)

The Hanns Seidel foundation, in collaboration with its partner CADIM, has been managing an agroforestry project for the past 10 years in Mampu, on the Bateke plateau in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The objective of this project, financed by the European Commission, is to help boost local agricultural production to improve the living conditions of rural populations. The project’s main innovation is to incorporate Acacia auriculiformis into the crop rotation. Indeed, the acacia has the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere at its roots thus returning it to the soil. This maintenance of soil fertility is, in addition, strengthened by the dispersion of residues from the work of transforming acacia trees felled at maturity into charcoal. Once buried, these small pieces of charcoal become a source of potash fertilizer, essential to tubers such as cassava, and organic matter for the soil. Additional information on the Mampu project is available on its website.


Gabon : Institut de Recherches Agronomiques et Forestières (IRAF)

L'IRAF a été créé à la suite de la nationalisation de la recherche scientifique gabonaise. Il fait partie des cinq instituts regroupés au sein du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CENAREST). L'Institut de Recherches Agronomiques et Forestières est une institution publique, placée sous la triple tutelle du Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique, du Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et du Développement Rural et du Ministère des Eaux et Forêts.


Ghana: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) coordinates scientific R&D at eight agricultural research institutes to generate and apply innovative technologies for agriculture, industry, health and the environment.


Ghana: Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI)

Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (STEPRI) provides research support for the formulation of policies to promote innovation and create the enabling conditions for the effective use of S&T for socio-economic development. STEPRI carries out S&T policy studies, technology evaluation, transfer and diffusion; commercialisation of technological innovation, and human resource development.


Guinée : L'Institut de recherche agronomique de Guinée (IRAG)

L'Institut de recherche agronomique de Guinée (IRAG) est un établissement public à caractère scientifique qui jouit de l'autonomie administrative, financière et de gestion. L'IRAG a pour mandat de mettre en ?uvre la politique nationale de recherche agronomique. Sa mission est de contribuer au développement rural de la Guinée en entreprenant des recherches sur : les productions végétales, animales, forestières et leur transformation agro-alimentaire ; la préservation et l'amélioration des ressources naturelles concernées par ces productions ; les exportations agricoles et leur environnement socio-économique.


Ivory Coast: National Agricultural Research Centre

The National Agricultural Research Centre (Le Centre national de recherche agrcicole, CNRA) is a company ltd. in which the State participates with 40% of the share capital. Farmers and agro-business firms own the other 60% of the shares. The participation of the private sector on CNRA ensures that the policies and programmes meet the needs of farmers and their organizations and the agro-industry.


Kenya: Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) develops and disseminates technologies to increase productivity, the post-harvest value of agricultural and livestock products, while conserving the environment. With 29 research centres, KARI aims to be an institute of excellence in agricultural research and technology transfer, contributing to an improved quality of life for all citizens of Kenya. KARI?s Maize Programme has supplied germplasm to produce 80% of the maize seed in the principal maize growing areas. A biotechnology page is currently under construction.


Kenya: The SCINNOVENT Centre

The centre is a Kenyan based research and training centre on science, innovation and enterprise. Its objective is to respond to the needs of the end-user (including farmers, entrepreneurs, innovators) on the one hand; and decision-makers (including policymakers, technocrats, business leaders and industry practitioners) on the other hand, by providing the knowledge, information, tools and skills that enhance their capabilities for innovation, decision-making and wealth creation. The Centre will support research, promote dialogue and facilitate training. They will also target Africa’s young professionals.


Kenya: University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya and the region. It's mission is "to provide quality university education and training and to embody the aspirations of the Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration, transmission and utilization of knowledge". The university offers innovative , relevant and market driven academic programmes , both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels with inbuilt quality control systems. The university also provides an environment and policy framework for undertaking high quality and relevant research in various fields, most of it concentrated in the Colleges of Biological And Physical Sciences, Agriculture And Veterinary Sciences, Health Sciences, and Humanities And Social Sciences.


Madagascar : Centre National de Recherche Appliquée au Développement Rural

"FOFIFA" ou Centre National de Recherche Appliquée au Développement Rural", crée en 1974, est le plus importante institution de recherche agricole pour Madagascar. FOFIFA est un Etablissement Public à caractère industriel et Commercial doté de la personnalité morale et de l'autonomie administrative et financière.


Mali : Institut d'économie rurale (IER)

L'Institut d'Economie Rurale comporte, dans son organisation territoriale, six centres de recherches qui opérent à travers un réseau de huit stations et 12 sous stations. L'expertise technique de l'institut d'Economie Rurale s'exprime à travers : Les études techniques dans tous les domaines du secteur rural : agronomie, productions animales, rssources forestières et halieutiques, agro-économie et systèmes de production rurale, aménagement ; Le conseil rural, par le transfert des technologies (fiches techniques, demonstrations, fourniture de semences de prébase et base ; La formation du personnel de recherche et d'encadrement.


Mauritius: Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute (MSIRI)

The mission of the Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute is to carry out high quality research and development on sugar cane and other crops that meet the agricultural, commercial, and societal needs of Mauritius. The Institute seeks to enhance its role as a centre of excellence. Today, technologies developed at the Institute have helped the industry reach an average annual production of about 600 000 tons of sugar from around 72 000 hectares of cane. The Mauritius Sugar Industry Research Institute includes also a training centre since 2000. Trainees are Professionals/Technicians from local and international Institutions and Organizations. The MSIRI Training Centre offers the following courses: Techniques of Irrigation Pathology of Sugarcane and other crops Mechanization in Cane Fields Extension and Communication Techniques Entomology Techniques Cultural Operations and Weed Agronomy Biotechnology Methods Cane Breeding Techniques Biometry and Statistics Agricultural Chemistry Sugar Technology including Training of Sugar Factory Laboratory Analysis


Namibia: Namibian Biotechnology Alliance (NABA)

Namibian Biotechnology Alliance (NABA) is a non-profit, interdisciplinary interest group on biotechnology and biosafety issues. Its members are government, university, NGOs and private sector specialists in biological, agricultural, conservation and legal fields, who aim to establish a framework for the sound use and control of biotechnology applications in Namibia.


New biosafety facility in Tanzania

A new biosafety facility was opened at the College of Natural and Applied Science, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania under the Danish Bilateral Programme for Enhancement of Research Capacity in Developing Countries (ENRECA) of the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). During the opening, Dr. Hassan Mshinda, Director General of the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (Costech), said that the genetic techniques to be used in the facility would enhance both the qualitative and quantitative traits of the crops. On the other hand, Bjarne Sørensen, Danish ambassador to Tanzania, expressed his hope for the improvement of agriculture through modern biotechnology: ‘We expect the facility to give students, academic staff and relevant person’s knowledge on genetically modified plants through specialist training as well as generating local knowledge on the subject.’ (Source: ISAAA taken from The Citizen (Newspaper, Tanzania), 2 September 2010)


Nigeria: Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST)

Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) coordinates efforts to utilize technology for development in sectors such as education, medicine, agriculture, and communications.


Nigeria: National Centre for Genetic Resources & Biotechnology (NACGRAB)

National Centre for Genetic Resources & Biotechnology (NACGRAB) is the focus for research, data gathering and dissemination of information on matters relating to plant genetic resources, genetic engineering and biotechnology. The Centre services the activities of National Committee on registration and release of new crop varieties and livestock breeds.