A state-of-the-art research facility recently  handed over to Jomo Kenyatta university of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) by the Chinese Government will be a hub for training and knowledge transfer on biodiversity conservation. It will also focus on critical areas like agricultural science, molecular biology, remote sensing and natural products development, according to the university Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga

The facility was funded by the Chinese government to promote collaborative research with African countries in the field of agriculture and biodiversity conservation

The research center includes buildings of 4,300 square meters, and a 36-acre botanical garden. The Chinese Academy of Sciences supports its management and has donated equipment worth more than 2.2 million U.S. dollars for the facility.

The research center comprises state-of-the-art laboratories, herbarium, green houses, administration offices, and conference and accommodation facilities. A Chinese firm carried out the construction work.

Liu Xianfa, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, said the establishment of the research center marked a significant milestone in Sino-Africa cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovations.

“The aim of this project is to pursue development and environmental protection in a holistic way and build a green Africa that enjoys sustainable development,” Liu said at the ceremony.

He added that the joint research centre will provide a platform for a robust and mutually beneficial collaboration between Chinese and African scientists.