Sino-Africa Joint Research Center (SAJOREC) is a talent cultivation and scientific research institute aided by the Chinese government on the basis of the exchange of official letters between Chinese and Kenyan Governments. The headquarters of SAJOREC covers a land area of 40 acres on Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) main campus in Juja, Kiambu County in Kenya, and with total building area of 4,300 m2.
The infrastructure in SAJOREC comprises of expert accommodation apartment, laboratory building, training and conference center, a modern herbarium. The center also has a 37-acre botanical garden (JKUAT Botanical Garden). SAJOREC has been equipped with modern research equipments purchased by Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SAJOREC-CAS). JKUAT is responsible for day-to-day management while SAJOREC-CAS plays a key technical and advisory role in the running of SAJOREC. The implementing agencies of SAJOREC on China and Kenya sides are Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, respectively.
First of its kind in Africa, SAJOREC serves as the platform and bridge of scientific cooperation between the Chinese and the African scientists in a wide range of fields. It is a hub of Sino-Africa collaboration on biodiversity-related research, it also focuses on areas such as wildlife protection, prevention and treatment of desertification, climate change monitoring, and modern agriculture demonstration.
Since its establishment in 2013, SAJOREC have put forward more than 45 joint research programs focusing on biodiversity investigation, pathogenic microorganism detection, geographic science and remote sensing, high-yield and high-quality crop cultivation demonstration, and land and water resources management. SAJOREC scientists have led more than 50 times of joint field survey. The center has already supported the publishing of 6 academic monographs, 162 peer-reviewed journal articles. So far, SAJOREC has provided scholarships to over 149 students from Africa to pursue both master degrees and Ph.D., most of them are from Kenya. Over 160 scientists and senior technicians from 13 African countries have been trained through the organization of 15 training courses and seminars.