CONNECTED has funded novel innovative multidisciplinary research in plant vector-borne disease.

To date, CONNECTED has run two pump-prime funding calls to encourage and support collaborations between the UK and Africa, resulting in 20 research projects. Check out some highlights from the many real-world applications and outputs from these projects.

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New research translating six of these into real-world applications

In 2022-23 we are funding six of our original research teams to take their work further: exploiting, disseminating and translating it into practical applications.

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Watch short films about the 20 pump-prime funded projects

Improving disease resistance in Kenyan crops: cabbage and kale

Maize: a film about two CONNECTED pump-prime funded projects in Kenya, aimed at addressing maize disease

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Funded projects deliver impact in Africa in the field of plant vector-borne diseases, directly contributing to the UK Government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment which focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list, and is administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective.

As such, all CONNECTED pump-prime funding proposals included a main objective that promotes the economic development and welfare of a developing country or countries.

The full list of 20 funding awards resulting from CONNECTED pump-prime funding (PPF) call is shown below.

Amongst CONNECTED’s objectives is enabling our members to successfully apply for research funding. The PPF projects provide an opportunity to generate pilot data or proof of concept work that can be used as the basis for future larger-scale funding applications by our members.

Pump-prime funding call 1

Developing eco-friendly insecticides

Low-cost surveillance for Sub-Saharan Africa

Understanding the spread of maize disease 

Developing biopesticides against whitefly

Correlating disease symptoms with virus levels

Which insects transmit cassava viruses?

Improving disease resistance in Kenyan crops

Identifying insect vectors

Unifying Cassava Brown Streak Disease surveillance

Pump-prime funding call 2

Mechanisms of transmission of cocoa swollen shoot virus by two species of mealybug vectors

Identification of mealybug vectors involved in the transmission of Dioscorea bacilliform viruses infecting yam in northern Nigeria

Formal identification and characterisation of the viral pathogen causing a new aphid-associated disease of cabbage in Ghana

Cucurbit viruses and their control in the small-scale farming communities of Zimbabwe

Modelling of cassava brown streak virus spread by the insect vector Bemisia tabaci

Occurrence, distribution and molecular diversity of viruses on groundnut crops in Kenya

Identification of vectors transmitting viruses in tomato in Uganda

Characterising viral diversity in vegetable crops to enable targeted resistance breeding

Rapid and inexpensive diagnostic tools for virus disease surveillance in sub-Saharan Africa

The prevalence of ‘plant-vectored’ insect-pathogenic viruses in Kenya and their potential for bio‐control of plant virus vectors

Tracking genetic diversity and development of diagnostic tools for maize lethal necrosis viruses in Uganda

The institutions involved are:

  • African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science, University of Ghana
  • Bindura University of Science Education, Zimbabwe
  • Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, Kenya
  • Centre National de Recherche Agronomique, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Chinhoyi University of Technology, Zimbabwe
  • East-West Seed, Thailand
  • Fera Science, UK
  • ICRAF (World Agroforestry Center), Cote d’Ivoire
  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria & Tanzania
  • International Potato Center, Peru
  • Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria
  • Keele University, UK
  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Mars Cocoa, USA
  • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute, Uganda
  • Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, UK
  • Newcastle University, UK
  • Russell IPM Integrated Pest Management, UK
  • Rwanda Agriculture Board
  • Syngenta Seeds BV, Netherlands
  • The James Hutton Institute, UK
  • University of Aberdeen, UK
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Ghana, Soil and Irrigation Research Centre, Ghana
  • University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • University of Warwick, UK
  • University of the West of England, UK
  • Wesley University Ondo, Nigeria
  • World Vegetable Center, Mali

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Pump-prime funding summary

The full list of funding awards resulting from the first CONNECTED pump-prime funding call:

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