Ebonyi State University

Call for scholarship application for PhDs and MSc positions in the framework of the Intra Africa GENESII project


GENES II Project:
Mobility for Plant Genomics Scholars to Accelerate Climate-Smart Adaptation Options
and Food Security in Africa II

1- Context
Extreme weather variability experienced in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa due to the
adverse impact of climate change has caused a rapid decline in food production. The
lack of a critical mass of trained graduates with knowledge in relevant areas such as
genomics and digital technologies to mitigate the effects of climate change has further
worsened the situation. To address these emerging issues, there is a need to develop
knowledge and capacity to use genomic and digital technologies to develop climate-
smart crops. Therefore, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across sub-Saharan Africa
need to work together through the mobility scheme for plant genomics scholars to
accelerate climate-smart adaptation options and food security. GENES II project is funded
by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European
Commission. It brings together six universities across three African regions, namely,
Western, Eastern and Southern Africa and one technical partner from the European region
to address knowledge in genomics technologies to develop climate smart crops. This
Project is coordinated by Ebonyi State University in Nigeria. The different partners include
University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin (West Africa); Jimma University, Ethiopia;
Egerton University, Kenya (Eastern Africa); North-West University, University of Zimbabwe
(Southern Africa), and Wageningen University of Research, The Netherlands (Technical Partner).

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