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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.


Latest News & Events

We are recruiting two graduate level or equivalent administrators to join our small office, based in North Oxfordshire. Please visit our recruitment page for further information.
The Trust has uploaded a new training video, demonstrating how to use a horizontal polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (hPAGE) system which has been developed in collaboration with Cleaver Scientific ( The video can be viewed by clicking here.
Dr Mutsa Takundwa, who the Trust support through her PhD studies has now graduated from the University of Namibia. more...
Dolichos breeder, Professor Miriam Kinyua, University of Eldoret, released four new varieties on 4th February 2015. more...
New information regarding training grants and travel / medical insurance has been added to the website. Potential grantees are encouraged to read this information before contacting the Trust.