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

22/07/2021:
We are pleased to welcome Dr Joe DeVries to the Trust, who is now employed as a consultant for our seed dissemination projects. For further information about Dr DeVries’ extensive experience, please visit this page.
21/07/2021:
The Eleventh 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.
04/02/2021:
The Tenth 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.
10/11/2020:
We have amended our "Vision Statement". Please click here to read it.
02/03/2020:
We have added a new "Vision Statement" page to the website. Please click here to read it.