In 2009, Dr. Saidu Oseni received a post-doctoral fellowship opportunity from START to participate in our African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP). Oseni was based at Egerton University in Kenya, and through the fellowship, he was able to travel to Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria to work with other researchers on issues of climate change, genetics of adaptation and livestock production under low-input systems.
In his blog piece below, Dr. Oseni describes the START's lasting impacts in his career and the continued collaborations he's had with researchers across Africa thanks to ACCFP.
Collaborations among African Climate Change Fellows
This is a quick update about events and collaborations after my African Climate Change Fellowship Program (ACCFP) at Egerton University (EGU), Kenya, between May, 2009 and June 2010. I can proudly say that the ACCFP opened the door for so many inter-institutional collaborations between Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria (my home institution) and EGU, Njoro, Kenya (my ACCFP host institution).
These collaborations included the recently completed DairyLearn project, funded by the DFID (UK), under the Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) programme which was conducted between 2010 and 2013. More recently, two collaborative projects including (i) iLINOVA project and (ii) DairyChain were initiated with Lilongue University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi, and University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, respectively, with OAU and EGU as partners.
These collaborations have expanded to cover other institutions across Africa, including the University of Khartoum, Sudan (for the recently completed DairyLearn project). We have benefited immensely from the contacts and collaborations established by Prof. A. K. Kahi, the current Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture at EGU, who is also the Principal Investigator for these studies. The iLINOVA project, in particular, focuses on conservation and sustainable utilization of indigenous breeds of livestock in the face of a changing climate and associated uncertainties about the future.
These projects are to run till the beginning of 2017.
Consequently, since 2010, my colleagues (from OAU) and I have been regular visitors at EGU. Professors Bebe and Kahi and their colleagues have been to Nigeria for various academic exchange programmes including distinguished Faculty Lecture by Prof. A. K. Kahi in April, 2012, and the DairyLearn Summer School in June, 2012 at OAU. In addition, teams from EGU and OAU have attended Workshops and Summer Schools in Khartoum, Sudan (March, 2013) and Winneba, Ghana (November, 2013).
Our graduate students are not left out of these academic exchanges. These students have visited EGU (August, 2012) and toured livestock units across Kenya, as part of a learning process. During my stay at EGU, I co-supervised a MSc thesis and consequently, became a registered examiner with the EGU Postgraduate School.
In a nutshell, our relationships have blossomed over time.
The ACCFP served as a spring-board for further R&D engagements between my host (EGU) and home (OAU) institutions.