Sustainability Research Institute

Africa College Partnership

Africa college logo
Africa college logo

Sponsor: University of Leeds Transformation Fund

Amount: c. £2.9 million

Duration: 2008 - 2013

Involved staff: Andy Dougill, Luuk Fleskens, Claire Quinn, Susannah Sallu, Lindsay Stringer, Anne Tallontire

Africa College, a partnership between the University of Leeds, African and international research organisations, is working to translate research results from biological, health, nutritional, ecological, climate and social sciences into impact on food security, nutrition and health in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa College partners are the Faculties of Biological Sciences, Environment and Medicine and Health at the University of Leeds, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE). The College partners are applying scientific research to tackle the challenges of food security and human health in order to provide solutions for improving the lives of millions. We believe that by building new and innovative partnerships we will help translate research into solutions that will benefit people in Africa. To achieve this we are:

  • Applying our bioscience expertise to generate technologies that help farmers and their communities;
  • Developing interdisciplinary research on sustainable agriculture, health and nutrition focused on the problems of food security and health;
  • Increasing uptake of new solutions by combining basic and applied research outputs with capacity-building activities;
  • Using our research to inform evidence-based policies on sustainable agriculture and food security;
  • Helping build the research capacity of African research organisations.

Website: www.africacollege.leeds.ac.uk