The African Nutritional Sciences Research Consortium (ANSRC) brings together academic and research institutions from across the East African region, with the goal of building a PhD training program in basic laboratory research in nutritional and agricultural sciences.
ANSRC was founded in 2012 as a consortium following successful visits by consortium facilitators to multiple institutions in East Africa. The consortium is registered as a Society with the Republic of Kenya. The elected officials are: Chair, Dr. Gordon Nguka (Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology); Vice Chair, Dr. John Msuya (Sokoine University of Agriculture); Secretary, Prof. Bonnie Dunbar (University of Nairobi); Treasurer, Mr. James Wariero (Center for Public Health and Development and ANSRC East African Coordinator).
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In the effort to end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture-Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2), and feed it's growing population, the Kenya government launched the ‘Big 4 Agenda’. The five-year program seeks to achieve rapid results in the four identified development sectors, namely: manufacturing, universal health coverage, affordable housing, and food security and nutrition.
The rare opportunity – the first in Africa – is a major collaboration with Columbia University. The ANSRC is a partnership that brings together academic and research institutions across the East African region with the goal of building a PhD training programme in basic research in nutritional and agriculture science. The main aim is to address food insecurity in the region and raise the number of trained manpower in the selected fields of study across East African universities.