What is Africa College?

Africa College is an international research partnership working to improve the lives of the millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa by the sustainable enhancement of their food and nutritional security. Lead partners include the University of Leeds, IITA and ICIPE.

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The Partners

University of Leeds

Faculties of Biological Sciences, Environment and Medicine and Health, are the main University of Leeds partners. Further members come from four other faculties working on research in Africa. www.leeds.ac.uk


The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) enhances food security and improves livelihoods in Africa. Its programme addresses major development problems in Africa rather than simply contributing to scientific knowledge. www.iita.org


The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) works to help alleviate poverty, ensure food security and improve the health of peoples of the tropics by developing tools and strategies for harmful and useful insects. www.icipe.org/

News & Events

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission briefing & reception at University of Leeds

Gorm Shackelford exhibits portrait in the National Portrait Gallery

Gorm Shackelford is currently exhibiting a portrait, taken during his PhD fieldwork, in the National Portrait Gallery, London, as part of the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. This photograph and many more can be seen at www.gormshackelford.com and National Portrait Gallery

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"The effective application of basic science can improve the lives of millions"

Harnessing the potential: ICTs and Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture Report

The recent All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report: 'Harnessing the potential: ICTs and Knowledge Sharing in Agriculture' was supported by Africa College.