Nemedussa Consortium & associated partners

The Nemedussa Consortium consists of 16 partners and 36 associated partners in Europe and Sub-Sahara Africa, coordinated by Ghent University and is based on a multi-country and multi-stakeholder strategy. The selection of these partners is based on

  • their experience in capacity building projects for nematology in SSA;
  • the presence of young lecturers with a MSc or PhD degree in nematology wishing to improve nematology in the curricula of their HEI that receive support from their hosting institutions;
  • their ability to engage with students to conduct research and link with non-academic partners;
  • their strategic geographic location to ensure excellence across regions in SSA;
  • the diversity of languages that can be mastered (English, French)

The Consortium had its first pre-inception brainstorm meeting in June 2019 to prepare the Erasmus+ CBHE project, will have regular online meetings and 3-4 meetings at Icipe Campus in Nairobi.

Nemedussa Consortium

Ghent University (UGent)

https://www.imanema.ugent.be/

https://www.ugent.be/we/biology/en/research/nematology

UGent is the coordinating university and takes up the principal role in the management of the project. UGent will share its expertise and contribute to curriculum development, the evaluation and remediation of the developed and existing curricula at partner HEIs. UGent will have an important role in training partner HEI staff in Belgium and advising on laboratory equipment. UGent, and its numerous SSAn alumni of the International Master of Science in Agro- and Environmental Nematology, will contribute to the Pan-African Nematology Network and offer contents during the PANEMA Workshops. As coordinator, UGent will have a central role in the Quality Plan and Dissemination and Exploitation of NEMEDUSSA.

University of Parakou (UP)

UP will be co-leading the development of the MSc course module and in testing this module in a joint programme with the University of Abomey-Calavi, next to an active participation in the other activities of the Nemedussa project. 

Haramaya University (HU)

HU will be co-leader in promoting the Nemedussa project and disseminating the outcomes among the key stakeholders. HU will participate in the development of the nematology course modules, participate in the trial-runs and will ensure the accreditation of the BSc course module. They will be also involved in the execution of the other project activities. 

Jimma University (JU)

JU has long experience of working as a partner with different institutes from abroad and in giving a 6-week Summer Course in Nematology (2018-2021). Hence, JUs main role is co-leading the development of the BSc module, doing a trial-run of the module followed by the accreditation in its curriculum. Additionally, JU will actively participate in the other project activities.  

Kenyatta University (KU)

KU is the leading partner in the development of the BSc course module in nematology and will be responsible for assisting the partner universities in the implementation of the module. KU will trial-run the module and ensure the accreditation of the programme. KU will also play an active role in the general development, PANEMA and dissemination and exploitation of the project.

Moi University (MoiU)

https://agriculture.mu.ac.ke/

Moi University will be responsible for the co-management of the project and leading partner in the development of the MSc module in nematology through a participatory approach involving all the partner institutions and stakeholders. The university will ensure that the module is approved and accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE). Additionally, the university will actively participate in all other project activities.

Ahmadu-Bello University (ABU)

https://cropprotection.abu.edu.ng/

ABU will serve as implementing partner and co-lead in the dissemination and exploitation of the Nemedussa project. ABU can play an important role in establishing additional compulsory courses for practical and theoretical study of Nematology at B.Sc. levels and also make staff available for training for the use of new facilities as well, if the need arises, employ new staff to the unit, for academic and technical roles. This will encourage more students to take Nematology related course options.

University of Ibadan (UI)

University of Ibadan has two full nematology courses each taught at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as such it will contribute to the development of the BSc and MSc curriculum in nematology. The university also has a gown to town approach to research and innovation and can provide a platform to reach farmers, students and extension staff. Other projects like the AgImpact project and farmer outreach programme of the teaching and research farm could provide leverage to reach farmers and extension workers. UI will be co-leading in the WP on International networking & collaboration, because of its extensive experience in the Nigerian Society of Nematologists (NISON)

North West University (NWU)

NWU is the WP5 leader on developing the international network for dissemination and collaboration and will use its extended network in Africa to establish and develop the network, together with other NEMEDUSSA partners. NWU will contribute to curriculum development of the BSc and MSc modules and will also introduce the developed and remediated modules in its existing programmes, complementary to the already existing nematology content. 

Stellenbosch University (SUN)

SUN will concentrate on expanding the capacity and quality of their teaching personnel, because the university experiences a pressing need for extended teaching capacity and technical assistance in their Nematology courses to enhance assistance to student projects and research. The exceptionally high demand for training in nematology, especially in terms of securing additional expertise in working with plant-parasitic nematodes and entomopathogenic nematodes, cannot currently be satisfactorily accommodated. SUN will also be responsible for training the staff of other NEMEDUSSA-partner HEIs in taxonomic training and the mass-culturing of entomopathogenic nematodes. Finally, SUN will participate in the other activities of the project. 

Makerere University (MAK)

MAK staff will be participating in designing curriculum for nematology modules and trial-runs as it is co-leading in the WP on BSc curriculum development and will also finally implement the designed curriculum. They will try to guide curriculum implementation at national level.

Muni University (MU)

Muni University will be an implementing partner and the Nemedussa project is key for the new Bachelor of Science in Agriculture which is starting in academic year 2020/ 2021, so nematology can be given as a full independent course unit separate from entomology. MU is also responsible in co-leading the WP on networking and collaboration to get more experience in this field. 

University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

UAC will be co-leading the development of the MSc course module and in testing this module in a joint programme with the University of Parakou, next to an active participation in the activities of the Nemedussa project. For dissemination, UAC will share the experience gained during the implementation of this project with universities of neighboring countries such as Niger and Burkina-Faso in assisting them for the introduction of Nematology in their curricula and teaching.

Université Côte d’ Azur (UCA)

http://web.univ-cotedazur.fr//en/idex/formations-idex/boost/ 

UCA will share its expertise and contribute to curriculum development and evaluation and remediation of the developed and existing curricula at partner HEIs. UCA will have an important role in training partner HEI staff in France and advising on laboratory equipment. UCA will exploit its African network and will contribute to the Pan-African Nematology Network and offer contents during the PANEMA Workshops.

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

https://www.iita.org
https://twitter.com/nemafrica

IITAhas a long-standing tradition of providing capacity building support to national programmes and universities and has contributed to the creation of awareness among extension services and farmers’ organisations in the region. Within the NEMEDUSSA project, IITA will provide nematology expertise related the development of new MSc and BSc modules and will help on the evaluation of the same in the trial-runs. IITA shall play also a mentoring role to the lectures/staff of the HEIs to build their capacity and facilitate access to its research facilities. IITA will also establish research collaborations between HEIs, private industry and IITA that could further sponsor MSc and PhD students and the acquisition of research equipment. Also, IITA together with icipe (NemAfrica) is leading on the implementation and facilitation of the Basic Crash Course Nematology, where all the technical staff of involved Nemedussa HEIs were and will be trained.

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Icipe has a long-standing tradition of providing capacity building support to national programs and universities and has contributed to the creation of awareness among extension services and farmers’ organizations in the region. Within the NEMEDUSSA project, icipe will provide nematology expertise related the development of new MSc and BSc modules and will help on the evaluation of there success.  icipe shall also play a mentoring and supervisory role to the lectures /staffs of the HEIs to build their capacity and facilitate access to its research facilities. icipe will also establish research collaborations between HEIs, private industry and potential donors that could further sponsor MSc and PhD students and the acquisition of research equipment. Also, icipe together with IITA (NemAfrica) is leading on the implementation and facilitation of the Basic Crash Course Nematology, where all the technical staff of involved Nemedussa HEIs were and will be trained.

Associated partners

Name of organisationType of institutionCountry
Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (Obafemi Awolowo University)Research CentreNigeria
Agricultural Development ProgrammeGovernmental extension agencyNigeria
National Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS)Governmental agencyNigeria
National Horticultural Research Institute (NHRI)National Research InstituteNigeria
Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN)National Research InstituteNigeria
Bayer Middle Africa LtdPrivate CompanyNigeria
Corteva AgrisciencePrivate Company (seed & crop protection)Nigeria
Green Eagles Agribusiness SolutionsPrivate company (arable crop production and marketing)Nigeria
Elephant Vert (EV)Private Company Kenya, Morocc, Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural ResearchGovernmental Research InstituteEthiopia
Real IPM/Biobest KenyaPrivate Company (biological control)Kenya/ Belgium
DudutechPrivate Company (biological control)Kenya
Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO)National Research ProgrammeKenya
Koppert Biological System Ltd.Private Company (biological control)Kenya
Kenyan Organic Agriculture NetworkNational Membership for Organic AgricultureKenya
CABIInternational NGOKenya, Regional centre for Africa
Syngenta KenyaPrivate Company (biotechnology solutions for sustainable agriculture)Kenya
Syngenta FoundationNon-for-Profit FoundationKenya, Regional East Africa
Crop Nutrition Laboratory ServicesPrivate Company (diagnostic laboratory)Kenya
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) National Plant Protection OrganisationKenya
Cheplaskei Boys High SchoolSecondary School PublicKenya
Moi Girls High SchoolSecondary School PublicKenya
Bayer (Proprietary) LtdPrivate Company (biotechnology solutions for agriculture)South Africa
NemlabPrivate Company (diagnostic laboratory)South Africa
HortgroFarmers’ Cooperative (deciduous fruit)South Africa
WinetechFarmers’ Cooperative (wine grapes)South Africa
South African Table Grape Industry (SATI)Association of Growers and Industry (table grapes)South Africa
Cooperative ECO-LEGUMEFarmers’ Cooperative (vegetable growers)Benin
Commune of BohiconMunicipality, Local Governmental Administrative OrganisationBenin
Development Leaders ONGNGOBenin
Institut National des Recherches Agricoles du Bénin (INRAB)Public Research InstituteBenin
Direction de l’AgriculturePublic Service (quarantaine)Benin
National Agriculture Research Organisation (NARO)National Research ProgrammeUganda
International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC)International NGOUganda
Wageningen University & Research, Plant Research InternationalHigher Education Institute and research centerThe Netherlands

WP

  • WP1: Management (Management and Coordination of the NEMEDUSSA project)

    WP Leader: UG (Belgium)
    Co-leader: MoIU (Kenya)
  • WP2: General Development: Building nematological capacity at HEIs

    WP leader: UCA (France)
    Co-leaders: SU (South Africa), IITA, icipe
  • WP3: Development building nematological capacity in SSA at BSc level

    WP Leader: KU (Kenya)
    Co-leaders: MAK (Uganda) & JU (Ethiopia)
  • WP4: Development Building nematological capacity in SSA at MSc level

    WP Leader: MoiU (Kenya)
    Co-leaders: UP (Benin) & UAC (Benin)
  • WP5: Development International network & collaboration

    WP Leader: NWU (South Africa)
    Co-leaders: UI (Nigeria) & MuniU (Uganda)
  • WP6: Monitoring and evaluation for quality control

    WP Leader: UG (Belgium)
  • WP7: Dissemination & Explotation (Awareness creation of project activities & outscomes)

    WP Leader: ABU (Nigeria)
    Co-leaders: HU (Ethiopia) & UG (Belgium)
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