Partnerships: Improving plant biosecurity in Africa

The Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership is facilitating skill transfer in designing, delivering and managing plant biosecurity to fellows working at public institutions in 10 African countries. Initial training for 15 fellows was conducted in Australian institutions for 6 weeks. A key to effective capacity building was to not only focus on the technical skills required for biosecurity monitoring but in understanding how to communicate with people and influence policy, which is critical for long-term biosecurity success. The 15 fellows trained in Australia are now mentors to 30 new fellows selected in 2016, who are being trained and mentored in Africa.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.