African Natural Products Research and Training Network (RISE-AFFNET)
Natural products (NP) value chain and technology is a multi- and interdisciplinary sciences that addresses the problems and issues associated it. NPs have an immence potential to poverty eradication and sustainable livelihoods. However, the existing systems for their development as a resource and livelihood option are weak and fragmented. There are many NP related pressures facing the region, including knowledge gaps, biodiversity loss, insufficient human capacity, overexploitation, and the very real possibility of resource loss associated with climate change and population pressure. The development of African solutions to the problem of its natural industry is hindered by shortage of trained personnel, competent human capital and facilities, especially at high levels of academic and professional expertise, resulting into insufficient grass-root trickledown effect. RISE- AFFNET was established by the Makerere University (Prof. Kabasa J. D.), University of Nairobi (Prof. S. G. Kiama), and Soikoine University of Agriculture (Prof. Mdegere R.) in 2008 to bridge this gap. Currently the program has provided scholarships to six (6) PhD student, six (6) Masters of Science Students in Natural products and two (2) post doctoral research fellows . All the students have had opportunities to present their work in local and international conferences. In addition, the program has also developed a Master’s of Science curriculum on Natural products and bioprospecting.
The project is supported by Carnege Corporation of New York through-Regional Initiative in Science.
RISE-AFNNET Nairobi Node Team
Ms.Karambu,Dr.Rukenya,Ms.Clare Njoki,Dr.Irene Kamanja.