Improving lives through
sustainable bioinnovations


International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (

The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the only research institution in Africa working primarily on insects and other arthropods. icipe’s mission is to ensure better food security, health and livelihoods, by producing world-class knowledge and then developing solutions that are environmentally friendly, accessible, affordable and easy-to-use by communities. These objectives are delivered through four thematic areas — Human Health, Animal Health, Plant Health and Environmental Health, providing a platform to build the capacity and leadership of African scientists; enable collaboration with hundreds of researchers and partners across Africa and the world; as well as the effective transfer of technologies and strategies to end-users. icipe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the following core donors: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); UK Aid, from the government of the United Kingdom; the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya; and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. In addition, icipe receives restricted project funding from a range of institutions from across the world, among them, governments, private foundations and United Nations agencies. icipe also benefits from extensive partnerships with research collaborators (including universities and research institutes in Africa and beyond), private sector partners, and communities across Africa. A comprehensive list of icipe donors and partners is available at:

BioInnovate Africa Programme

BioInnovate Africa ( is a regional innovation-driven bioeconomy initiative in eastern Africa, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). BioInnovate Africa enables scientists and innovators in eastern Africa universities, research institutes and firms to translate innovative biological-based research ideas and technologies into practical uses for the benefit of society. BioInnovate Africa is based at and managed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently operates in eight Eastern Africa countries namely: Burundi, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Kelah Kathure Kaimenyi

Kelah Kathure Kaimenyi is Communications Officer for the BioInnovate Africa
Programme. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the United
States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa), with a major in Print
journalism and a minor in Broadcast journalism. With over seven years
experience in publishing and development communications, Kelah is expected
to create and implement effective editorial and communications strategies for
the Programme, including online and offline content management, publication
design, media relations, and branding oversight.

Before joining BioInnovate in November 2017, Kelah was Communications Assistant
at the Kenya Community Development Foundation – KCDF (2010-2011),
Communications Specialist at CHIESA Project/ ICIPE (2012-2014), and recently,
Communications Officer at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center –
CIMMYT (2015-2017).

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