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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

16/01/2014:
The Trust upgraded its website in 2014. The structure has been altered to allow an increased number of resources to be added to the site over time.
13/01/2014:
The Trust has suspended its conference grant scheme until further notice. Please see this page for further information.
09/01/2014:
The first issue of the new KT Newsletter; "Kirkhouse Times" is now available for download from this page.
07/01/2014:
A new Battery Backup video has been created to assist grantees in the set up and use of the UPS device supplied by the Trust. Please click here to view the video.
27/11/2013:
The Trust is recruiting. Please visit our careers page for further details and how to apply.