Advocating for Smallholder Agriculture Development: Profiling Dr Yolisa Pakela-Jezile

Dr Yolisa Pakela-Jezile

As part of the activities related to the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, SANBio is profiling female bioscientists and bioentrepreneurs working in the innovation space.

Dr Yolisa Pakela-Jezile is a Senior Manager at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), and she is responsible for Smallholder Agricultural Development. She is a former teacher and holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Pretoria.

A Foot and Mouth Disease Diagnostic Kit for Southern Africa

A Foot and Mouth Disease Diagnostic Kit for Southern Africa

SUMMARY
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, South Africa) in partnership with the Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) in Zambia and the Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM), are developing and conducting field trials of a new antibody-based diagnostic kit specific for the detection of African strains of Foot-and-mouth Disease (FMD). The kit enables viral identification several months past the initial two-week active outbreak period.