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...
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.
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