On Wednesday September 6th, the West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) Headquarters in Bingerville Côte d’Ivoire hosted the visit of a BecA-ILRI Hub delegation.

Touring the facilities

Composed of Dr. Jacob Mignouna (Director), Dr. Nasser Yao (Post-Doctoral Scientist) and Ms. Ethel Makila (Communications Officer), the BecA-ILRI Hub delegation was offered a tour of the Scientific and Innovation Pole, home to the WAVE headquarters and to other major international and national programs which are the pride of Africa.

Laying the foundations for future collaboration

After touring the WAVE headquarters and its state of the art molecular biology and biotechnology laboratories, the BecA-ILRI Hub delegation and WAVE’s team led by its Principal Investigator Dr Justin Pita met/sat down to create the foundations of a partnership between the two institutions.

Emphasizing the fact that BecA-ILRI Hub and WAVE share a common vision of science being at the forefront of the battle for food security and the need for African Agriculture research synergies, the two delegations agreed upon the necessity to build a broad and complementary partnership in order to deliver more impact together.

Contemplating the interrelated goals of the two institutions, Dr. Mignouna and Dr. Pita ensured the scaling up of their strategic partnership by November 2017 with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding at the BecA –ILRI headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

(stayed tuned for more news on the BecA-ILRI Hub and WAVE partnership)

The Scientific and Innovation Pole

WAVE’s headquarters is in The Scientific and Innovation Pole of the Université Félix Houphouët Boigny. It is also home to other centers of excellence among which:


The doctoral Program on climate change and biodiversity contributes to the education of the next generation of African scientists and policy makers in the field of climate change and land management

Regional Innovation and Incubation Center

The Center’s goal is to transform innovative ideas and research results into marketable products and services that can spur/enhance economic growth.

The National Computing and Simulation Center

The Center aims to be the biggest African calculating and modelisation center dedicated to research