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The National level paper presentation seminar on Early warning and food security forum

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Type: 
Workshops/Training
Start Date: 
Sat, 2016-12-03 14:27 - Thu, 2019-12-12 14:27
Location/Venue: 
Desmond Tutu Conference Centre

 

The National level paper presentation seminar was held on 23rd November 2016 at Desmond Tutu Conference Centre. The main aim of the seminar was to provide a dialogue and best practice sharing platform for state and non-state actors that can be used to guide the implementation and monitoring of Food and Nutritional programmes in vulnerable communities of Baringo and West Pokot Counties of Kenya. The seminar was opened by Prof. George Karuoya Gitau who was representing Prof. Stephen Gitahi Kiama the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. In his opening remarks, the principal highlighted the role of academia in generating and shaping knowledge through adaptive and action research. He further noted that universities had a diverse repository of evidenced based best practices that would benefit government, industry, civil society organisations and communities. Prof. Gitau observed that these partnerships were now a reality as University of Nairobi was the first to establish the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor- Research, Production and Extension. He concluded by urging state and non-state actors present, to forge partnerships with academic institutions as this would be mutually beneficial and would bridge the knowledge transfer far gap between research institutions and communities

Prof. Gitau of University of Nairobi (CAVS) officially opening the workshop at AACC Desmond Tutu Conference Centre, Nairobi

Also present was the Konrad country representative, Dr. Jan Cernicky. In his opening speech, Dr. Cernicky observed that promotion of tenets of democracy and good governance could not be fostered in citizens if people were food insecure. He further explained that this was the main reason that Konrad invited practitioners, scholars, state and non-State institutions to submit discussion papers. These papers would generate and improve on existing knowledge on early warning and early action in the area of food security at national and at the two target county levels.

A total of 8 papers were presented. Presenters and participants were drawn from state and non-state institutions at county and national levels. State actors included National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), Agricultural Sector Coordinating Unit (ASDSP), Kenya Meteorological Department (KDM), Ministry of Agriculture and Baringo and West-Pokot county governments. Non-state actors included Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Uraia, Bioenergy Research and Development Foundation (BIFORAD), Action Against Hunger, Catholic Diocese and Northern Rangeland Trust.  

Dr. Jan (country representative Konrad) and Prof. Jesse (Director UoN- ADIS)

Dr. Alice Ruto (UoN-ADIS Research affiliate of ADIS) giving her comments on a paper presented

Philemon and Ahmed – LARMAT Dryland Resource Mangament PhD Students 

Story by: Dr.Pauline Gitonga (UoN-ADIS Research Affiliate) and Hannah N Kamau, MSc. Student UoN-LARMAT).

Photos credit: Hannah Kamau (MSc. Student UoN-LARMAT).

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