African Natural Products Network

In the face of rapid population growth, loss of agricultural lands, and insufficient human capacity, RISE-AFNNET works to develop Africa’s rich biodiversity into a natural products industry of social and economic significance. Building on an already active research network of 10 member countries called NAPRECA, RISE-AFNNET expands existing research programs and formalizes educational activities in such natural products (NP) fields as engineering, biochemistry, environmental science, pharmacology, economic development and nutrition. Students work on natural products research projects in the context of poverty alleviation, gender equity, and the Millennium Development Goals.
Updates on Recent Network Activities
Dr. Irene Thiguku Kamanja graduated with her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology in a colorful ceremony at the University of Nairobi on August 29, 2014.
Drs. Zachary Rukenya and Ronald Okindo (L to R) graduated with MScs in Natural Products and Bioprospecting from the University of Nairobi on August 29, 2014.

PhD student Joelia Nasaka is currently a visiting researcher at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. Her training began on September 1st and will run for 3 months. She is undergoing laboratory training and conducting sample analysis for her PhD research under the supervision of Professor Margaret L. Khaitsa. RISE-AFNNET has partnered with the USAID Higher Education for Development (HED) Program, which is providing support and funding for this collaborative research visit.

RISE-AFNNET advisor Prof. Mkumbukwa Madundo Angelo Mtambo was appointed Director General of the Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization (TIRDO). Prof. Mtambo was insturmental in supervising natural products students at the Sokoine University of Agriculture node of RISE-AFNNET and in developing the MSc in Natural Products curriculum. Between SUA and TIRDO, Mtambo served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. Read more here.

RISE-AFNNET intends to continue working with Prof. Mtambo while he is at TIRDO to bridge the lab and the market.
PhD student Christine Mugumya Kyarimpa recently published her research in the journal Industrial Crops and Products:
Academic Director and Secretariat
Prof. John David Kabasa
Head of RISE-AFNNET Secretariat
Prof. Stevens Kisaka
Prof. Robinson Mdegela
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
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