The African Center of Excellence on Avian Sciences (CERSA) has signed a partnership agreement with Hendrix Genetics to conduct experiments on genetic strains of poultry (layers). Hendrix Genetics is a multi-national company that specializes in multi species animal breeding, genetics and technology. It is based in the Netherlands.

The agreement is part of the cooperative partnership between the University of Lomé through CERSA and Hendrix Genetics. The agreement states that “the results of the experiments will become property of CERSA, which will give Hendrix Genetics the right to use the results for a mutually agreed period of time”. For the start of these experiments, Hendrix Genetics will make available to CERSA a total of 3600 day-old chicks.

This initiative falls in line with the Project’s objective to promote partnerships between the African Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) institutions and industries.

The African Center of Excellence on Avian Sciences (CERSA) hosted by the University of Lomé, Togo is one of six African Centers of Excellence in the thematic discipline of Agriculture. The Center trains students of different nationalities for the development and promotion of poultry production in Africa.