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

Left to right(Standing): Dr.Catherine Kaluwa,Dr.Jemimah Oduma,Prof.Kiama S.G,Prof.Gathumbi P.K,

Dr.Wambugu Stanely,Dr.Gakuya Daniel,Prof.Mbaria Mucunu,Dr.Mbaabu Mathiu,Dr.Okindo Ronald,Dr.Ochwang'i Dominic,

Ms.Karambu,Dr.Rukenya,Ms.Clare Njoki,Dr.Irene Kamanja.

Left to right (Squatting) :Dr.James Kuria,Dr.Nguta Joseph,Dr.Nasimolo Johnson and Mr.Musau

Prof. Kiama Gitahi, Node Leader, RISE AFNNET
Prof Kiama is a graduate of University of Nairobi with Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine (1990) and Masters of Veterinary Anatomy (1995) and University of Bern, Switzerland with a Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Biology. Prof Kiama has served as a visiting researcher at St Andrews University Scotland, Free University of Berlin, University of Bern, Switzerland, and University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Read more



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News and events

  • Rise Afnnet Conference on 15th - 18th June 2016 at Mash park Hotel Nairobi
  • RISE Competitive Fund for Graduates : Phase II
    Call for Concept proposals for the new Competitive Fund for RISE PhD Graduates. Deadline for Application is 17th December ,2015.
  • 15th October 2015.

  • Dr. Joseph Nguta uncovers antituberculosis plants, he talks about his research  into the antituberculosis properties of varous plants traditionally used in Ghana.Read More ....

  • Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA) Partners,

  • Call for Application

    2nd call for applications to the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA).  Applications with a deadline to submit materials to IIE by October 30, 2015We have an updated FAQ sheet, application form, recommendation forms (I & II), and budget form (SEE LATEST NEWS); 

  • Dr. Irene Kamanja graduated on 29th August 2014 with PhD in Pharmocology and Toxicology  and Dr. Ronald O.Onzago and Dr. Zachary M. Rukenya Graduated on the same day with Msc in Natural Products and Bioprospecting.
  • Dr. Ronald O.Onzago and Dr. Zachary M. Rukenya  attended 48th Annual Scientific Conference on 23rd to 26th April 2014 at Boma Inn Hotel , Eldoret. The them of the conference is "Improving Veterinary Governance and Service Delivery in a Devolved system for Sustainable Development".
  • Andrea Johnson, Program officer on higher Education in Africa at Carnegie Foundation of New York visited UON node on 2nd April 2014 and held a three hour session with the RISEAFNNET students
  • Dr.Zachary  Rukenya Rise Afnnet fellow presented his paper on 'Current challanges and approaches to managment of antimicrobial drug resistance  at scientific veterinary symposium at Kampala Uganda on 13th December 2013.Read More.....
  • Dr.Johnson Nasimolo & Ms. Clare Njoki Rise Afnnet Fellows graduate in a colour ceremony at University of Nairobi on 6th December 2013.
  • Dr.Catherine Kaluwa, Dr. Dominic Ochwangi, Dr. James Kuria and Ms. Karambu Muriithi  attended the15th Symposium of the Natural Products Chemistry Research Network for Eastern and Central Africa (NAPRECA) from 3rd  -10th December, 2013  at Khartom Sudan.
  • RISE Annual Meeting was held in  Aloe Ridge Hotel Johannesburg, South Africa October 25-26, 2013.
  • Dr.Johnson Nasimolo attended the 1st OHCEA One Health Conference  on 23rd -26th September 2013, held in Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa,Ethiopia. Read More
  • Dr.Catherine Kaluwa and Dr.Johnson Nasimolo attended the 19th International Scientific Conference  on Basic and Clinical Research for inproved Health on 11th-13th 2013 in Southern Sun,Mayfair,Nairobi,Kenya.

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  • Ms.Karambu Mureithi, a Rise Afnnet Fellow graduates with MSc. from University of Nairobi.

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  • Ms. Karambu Muriithi, RISE-AFNNET fellow presented her research paper at Indigenous Plant Forum 2013 Conference

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  • RISE AFNNET PostDoc Fellow, Dr. Joseph Nguta attends the 2nd International Conference on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interphase, Brazil

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  • Dr. Johnson Nasimolo, RISE-AFNNET fellow at the 11th SONA International Conference  in Rabat Morocco.

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  • Dr Zachary Rukenya and Dr Ronald Okindo, RISE-AFNNET fellows attended and presented papers

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  • The RISE AFNNET Workshop Nairobi Node was successfully held at KCB Karen on 26th and 27th October 2012.

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