Nic Hailey meets John Innes Centre team in Kenya

Nic Hailey John Innes Centre
Nic Hailey met a team from the John Innes Centre in Kenya

UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, yesterday (4 February) met with a team from the John Innes Centre with a view to boosting science collaboration between the United Kingdom and Kenya.

The day before (Wednesday 3 February), the John Innes Centre (JIC) team attended the 15th anniversary of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research (BecA-ILRI) Hub’s existence as a center for excellence in agricultural bioscience research.

The event brought together global, regional and local actors in agricultural biosciences research for development at the ILRI’s headquarters in Nairobi to celebrate the role played by the BecA-ILRI Hub and its many national agricultural research system partners in advancing African agriculture and food and nutritional security.

The event was officially opened by the cabinet secretary for the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, the honourable Willy Bett and featured speakers and panelists from organizations such as the African Union/New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU/NEPAD), the Australian and Canadian high commissions in Kenya, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) and the JIC.


The JIC is located in Norwich, England, and is an independent centre for research and training in plant and microbial science.

Its parent company, The John Innes Horticultural Institution was founded in 1910 at Merton Park, Surrey (now the London Borough of Merton), with funds bequeathed by John Innes, a merchant and philanthropist.

John Innes Compost was developed by the institution in the 1930s.

The JIC is a registered charity, grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the European Research Council (ERC) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.