STAFF PARTICIPATION IN GLOBE PAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE
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Date and time: 
Fri, 2019-01-11 10:09
Location / Venue: 

Sawela Lodges, Naivasha

Dr Oliver V. Wasonga, a Senior lecturer in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural technology participated in the conference. It was held at Sawela Lodges in Naivasha from 3rd – 5th December, 2018

From 2013 to 2018, the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have been funding German – African Research Networks to address possible ways and develop promising strategies and practical solutions to strive for global food security within the funding initiative GlobE. The GlobE research networks have been operating in different regions in Africa and each coordinated by a German lead organization. Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains (RELOAD) is one of the GlobEresearch consortia. The project brings together partners from Germany, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda, and is led by the Institute for Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kassel in Germany. In Kenya, one focus of RELOAD is on pastoral meat value chain (sub-project 6), which is led by the University of Nairobi. Dr. Oliver Wasonga is the principal investigator of workpackages 4 and 5 under RELOAD’s sub-project 6.

In order to achieve a greater visibility of this successful funding initiative, BMBF and BMZ funded a GlobE Pan-African Conference in East Africa as one of the GlobE target regions. The Conference was co-hosted by the German Institute for Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture (DITSL), University of Nairobi and Egerton University. Itsobjective was to disseminateresearch outputs widely in the target regions and beyond the immediate GlobE consortia. The conference targeted the GlobE network partners including the wider African research for development community (NARS and African Universities), African research and development networks, the international agricultural research system partners (CGIAR, AIRCA), representatives of the ultimate beneficiaries of the research, local and regional policy makers, multipliers, private sector representatives and media. The GlobE funding bodies BMBF and BMZ saw this as a unique opportunity to bring all stakeholders along the research for development (R4D) continuum on board in a joint effort to put research results into practice and thus make a visible contribution to the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDG).

 

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2020-01-31 10:09
Contact Person: 

Dr. Oliver Wasonga