Australia sharing fruit fly expertise with Africa

13 November 2015

Three plant biosecurity managers from Africa are working with leading Australian fruit fly researchers to take up the fight against the invasive pest in Burundi, Mozambique and Tanzania.

“These countries are highly dependent on agriculture, making fruit fly very damaging not only for trade but also for food security,” said Dr Michael Robinson, CEO of Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) which is leading the project.

The new Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Network supports increased agricultural production, improved food security and better market access for farmers in ten African countries. Fifteen Network Senior Fellows are currently in Australia, with Epitace Bizimungu, Armando Marcos Come and Katemani Mdili spending three weeks studying the key aspects of fruit fly research and management; biology, market access, monitoring and control. Read more...

Australia Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership


Meet the Plant Biosecurity Senior Fellows from Africa

5 November 2015

Meet the fifteen Plant Biosecurity Senior Fellows who are training in Australia as part of the Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership (AAPBP). AAPBP is a capacity development program using Australian expertise to strengthen biosecurity skills and planning in Africa. This will support increased production, market access for African farmers and improve food security. The Fellows will spend much of their time in Australia undertaking industry placements with leading biosecuity agencies and universities around Australia. Find out more about the Fellows and watch their video interviews.

Africa Plant Biosecurity Fellows




Early Warning
Early Warning

Program 01

Tools and techniques for the identification of new and emerging plant pest threats as well as decision-making tools to improve planning for pest threats.
Effective Detection and Response
Effective Detection and Response

Program 02

New technologies for surveillance and monitoring of plant pests, including faster, cheaper, more accurate identification and sharper responses to incursions.
Safeguarding Trade
Safeguarding Trade

Program 03

Tools, technologies and strategies to safeguard international markets for grain and horticultural exports and better management of established pests.
Secure Future
Secure Future

Program 04

Working with community, governments and industry to build engagement and developing a new national plant biosecurity structure to safeguard Australia well into the future.

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