Our Projects


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Since 2002 Trust research grants have been provided to universities and national agricultural institutions in West Africa, East Africa and India. Please click on the markers in the map above or visit our "Projects" page for further information.

Success Stories

  • Molecular biology and pathology labs have been established in Africa in conjunction with research projects.
  • Resistance to the parasitic weed Striga gesneroides has been successfully introduced into several varieties of cowpea now being distributed to farmers in Burkina Faso and Nigeria.

What We Do

The Kirkhouse Trust is a charity which funds agricultural research projects linked to the training of scientists.
All projects supported by the Trust focus on crop improvement research using modern molecular methods, such as marker assisted selection. The Trust focuses its support on improving locally important legume crops such as cowpea, and common bean.

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Latest News & Events

06/02/2020:
The Kirkhouse Trust is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Dr Claudia Canales Holzeis as its first Chief Executive. Claudia holds a DPhil in Plant Sciences from the University in Oxford. She has a near-decade experience in plant genetics research, and eleven years’ experience in projects related to rural development in Asian, African and Latin American countries.
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06/01/2020:
New Safety Data Sheets have been added to the website, many of which are now available in both English and French. Please visit this page for further information.
01/07/2019:
The nineth issue of the KT Newsletter; "Kirkhouse Times" is now available for download from this page. If you have already signed up to our mailing list, a copy will be automatically mailed to you. If you have not yet signed up, you can do so by clicking here, and submitting the short online form.
10/06/2019:
New profiles have been added for Philip Pinheiro and Helen Holt-Davies.

Two new Safety Data Sheets have been added / updated on the Safety Data Sheets page - Potassium Phosphate - Dibasic and Potassium Phosphate - Monobasic.