Some important activities that were supposed to take place face-to-face did not happen because of travel restrictions occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop / conference seeks to bring an alternative engagement process to increase the impact of the project that was undertaken by Fellows who received research funding. Future Africa in collaboration with Laikipia University, has organized a workshop as a platform for the Fellows to disseminate their research findings, identify future opportunities for new participants and consolidate leadership training for learners who may want to undertake postgraduate studies in related areas. The workshop will be conducted at Laikipia University.
On behalf of Laikipia University Fraternity, I welcome you to the PMRASAD (Promoting Multidisciplinary Research Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development) International workshop. The concepts of this workshop are in line with Laikipia University’s mission ‘To serve students and society through research, education, scholarship, training, innovation, outreach and consultancy.
The expected participants have diverse knowledge on food systems to share on the approaches for sustainable agricultural development. The workshop will enhance also the development of linkages and collaborations among young scholars globally.
Once again, I register my sincere appreciation to Future Africa and The University of Pretoria for their support to host this workshop at Laikipia University. We hope that this is the beginning of similar partnerships and collaborations.
On behalf of the organizing team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this conference / workshop for Early Career Researchers. This workshop / conference organized by University of Laikipia in partnership with Future Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa whose theme is “Promoting Multidisciplinary Research Approaches for Sustainable Agricultural Development”.
The conference / workshop will provide a platform for young scholars to interact with other established scholars in the field of agriculture and food systems from across Africa. In addition, the participants will be exposed to presentations from key speakers, senior researchers as well as presentation from a post-doctoral fellow.
The participants are drawn from diverse fields including research institution, academia, private sector, as well as government institutions. This will enrich the achievement of the theme of the conference resulting in a holistic approach to decision making in agriculture.
We sincerely thank Future Africa, University of Pretoria, through the sponsorship of CARNEGIE, for promoting Early Career Researchers Fellowship. Join one, join all!!
Professor Cheikh Mbow is the Director of Future Africa at the University of Pretoria. He served at START-International in Washington DC and Lead Scientist at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry. He worked on the development of transdisciplinary approaches to address Africa’s development challenges by establishing frameworks for thriving sustainability science to support need transformation in the continent.
Across her career over more than 40 years, Anne Roulin has worked in academia, in the private sector (for Tetra Pak and Nestlé) and as an entrepreneur, in the UK, Switzerland, the USA, Italy and France. Since 1988, she has been involved across the diverse aspects of sustainability including environmental, social, and economic considerations with applications in many countries. She is passionate about helping young entrepreneur’s startup businesses and in 2017 co-founded the Agripreneurship Alliance as a non-profit Association. The Agripreneurship Alliance has implemented a ground-breaking course Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness that enables young African entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas and create high-quality business plans to support the launch or growth of their agribusiness. The Alliance is working across Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya, Uganda, and Somaliland. Laikipia University is one of the partners implementing the Training.
Dr. John Olwande has over ten years of experience in economic and policy research in agriculture and rural sector. He has worked with the Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development, Egerton University, in building household survey databases to monitor changes in the agricultural sector from household and national perspectives and provided analyses and insights to shape policy direction in agriculture and rural sectors in Kenya. Olwande’s areas of research include agricultural technology adoption and sustainable intensification, food and nutrition security, agricultural markets and impact evaluation of policy and development projects/programs. He holds a Ph.D. in community sustainability from Michigan State University and M.Sc. in agricultural and applied economics from Egerton University.
Research priorities Conceptually: Global Value Chains, Global Production Networks, Clusters and Innovative Milieus, Institutional and Resource Economics Content: urban and regional development, information and communication technology (ICT), organization and networking of trade and production, human-environment relationships, environmental and social standards, sustainability, land use conflicts, agriculture and rural areas Regional: Sub-Saharan Africa, European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, Berlin
Dr. Oliver Kirui is a Senior Researcher and a Post Doc. fellow at the Centre for Development Research (ZEF) in University of Bonn, Germany. He earned his PhD in Development Economics from the Centre for Development Research, University of Bonn in 2016. He holds a collaborative Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics from University of Nairobi and University of Pretoria with specializations in International Agricultural Trade and Agricultural Policy Analysis. Oliver’s research interests revolve around Sustainable Development. Oliver is currently carrying out research that would contribute to sustainable agricultural growth and food and nutrition security in developing and emerging economies. This includes research on the economics of Agricultural Innovations, Natural Sustainable Resource Management and Climate Change, assessment of Use and Impacts of Digitalization, Information Communication Technologies, Technical and Vocational Training, and Food Security and Poverty analysis.
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Location: Laikipia University, Main Campus, 12 kilometres from Nyahururu town, off Nyahururu-Nakuru Highway.
Date: 6th-8th, July 2021
Time: 08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Website: website:www.laikipia.ac.ke OR http://pmrasad-lu.ke