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French research activities in Kenya

Three French research institutes in Kenya

French research is well represented in Kenya with three institutes operating in East and Southern Africa. These are the Institute for Research and Development (IRD), the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA), and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD).

Around twelve expatriate researchers work on social sciences and natural sciences (agronomy, geology, ecology). Long-term and short-term assignments are carried out by numerous researchers from these institutions or others: the National Center for Scientific Research-CNRS (palaeontology, geology, osteology), the National Museum of Natural History in Paris-MNHN (palaeontology), the National Institute for Health and Medical Research-INSERM (on the Rift Valley fever), and Universities (Lyon 2, Paris 6 among others).

The research programmes carried out in Kenya by French researchers are undertaken in collaboration with Kenyan scientists. Quite a lot of research programmes involve other European or African partners. Funding is mainly done by research bodies themselves, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the National Research Agency (ANR, France) and by the European Union.

Numerous and diversified partnerships

PNG ( scientific collaboration is mainly established with the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) and Kenyan universities (University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University, The Catholic University of Eastern Africa). Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is also involved in some programmes. Significant links exist with two international centres based in Nairobi: the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF).

PNG ( has developed co-operation links with several national research centres, namely Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). In addition, public universities are involved in some scientific projects. These include Kenyatta University, Moi University, University of Nairobi, and Egerton University.

PNG ( collaborates with six out of the seven Kenyan public universities (especially with the University of Nairobi) and with some international organisations on research programmes, PhD tutoring and consultancy.

Dernière modification : 22/01/2018

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