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Spirit Newsletter nº17 / April 2017

Dear Spirit Forum member,

Last month we launched new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal. Especially, the document Comparative performance of True Potato Seed (TPS) propagated through nursery transplants, tubers and mini-tubers, which is aimed at helping Kenyan farmers in their efforts to overcome the lack of quality and affordable potato seed.

Moreover, this month armyworm has reached Rwanda making it the third east African country afflicted by the plant-eating pest also recently spotted in Kenya and Uganda.

New topics were added to our LinkedIn group this month. Check out and join at East Africa Potato Value Chain!

Next 22nd-27th May, the The Annual SARIMA (Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association) Conference will be held in Windhoek, Namibia. The congress is hosted to allow the opportunity to network with colleagues in the fields of Research Management (RM) and Innovation and Technology Transfer (ITT) and to share experiences.

Finally, we are working on the assessment of the outcomes and impacts of the Spirit and we would be happy to have your testimonials. If you wish to contribute please reply to this email with a few lines explaining the benefits reaped from the Spirit Project and which have been its major impacts in your particular case.


Kind regards,

The Spirit Project Coordination Group

RESOURCES

Comparative performance of True Potato Seed (TPS) propagated through nursery transplants, tubers and minitubers
April 26 2017 by INKOA

One of the major constraints to potato production amongst resource poor farmers in Kenya is lack of quality and affordable potato seed. Potato seed programmes have been effective in producing only small quantity of quality seed below the demand and repeated use of seed tubers have led to accumulation of pathogens and physiological degeneration resulting to low yields and high cost of production. Providing farmers with access to true potato seed technology provide the farmers with an opportunity to produce quality ware and seed potato at low cost. This experiment was carried out at Njabini Agricultural Training Centre (Njabini ATC) during the period from June 2012 to March 2013 to compare method of propagation of true potato seed.

Harnessing the potential of diverse intensification pathways for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture
April 28 2017 by INKOA

The PROIntensAfrica project identified four different pathways leading to sustainable intensification. These pathways demonstrate the richness and variety of options that are open to farmers. The pathways differ in vision and mission, in organization and governance, in dimensionality, in technology and in the use of resources. They range from conventional agriculture to organic farming, and were studied both through a literature survey and by in-situ case studies. Results shows a trade-off in aspects of impacts and gains between different dimensions

The Role of Non-traditional Funding Partners in Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture
April 21 2017 by INKOA

This report summarizes the results of the workshop on the role of non-traditional funding partners in food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA), organised on the occasion of the Academy of Science of South Africa’s (ASSAf) Science Business Society Dialogue Conference in December 2016. South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) organizsed this workshop as part of the Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA) project. More than 40 representatives from the private sector, research community, non-governmental organisations, philanthropy and policy-making institutions discussed how to create linkages in addressing matters related to research and development in FNSSA.

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NEWS

EVENTS

Armyworm Caterpillar Invasion: Crop-Killing Bugs Reaches Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda

April 28 2017

Rwanda's government announced on April 17 it had discovered fall armyworm on its crops, making it the third east African country afflicted by the plant-eating pest also recently spotted in Kenya.

Uganda confirmed last month that fall armyworm had entered its borders after devastating crops in several southern African nations in what the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation said was a "huge threat to food security."

Reviewed guidelines for seed certification activities in Kenya

April 19 2017

KEPHIS (Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service) has been reviewing the guidelines for authorization of seed certification activities where NPCK (National Potato Council of Kenya) and other seed stakeholders participated. The major objective of this review is to complement KEPHIS efforts in enhancing efficiency in seed certification process and to create enabling environment for effective participation of both public and private sector actors in the production, inspection and testing of quality planting material and promote sustainable access of affordable seed.

The 1st all African post-harvest congress and exhibition

April 19 2017

The 1st all African post-harvest congress and exhibition was held from the 28th to 31st March 2017 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi Kenya. The conference brought together participants from more than 20 countries from African and the world at large. 

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20th EAPR Triennial Conference

From 09/07/2017 to 14/07/2017 — Versailles, France

For the third time since the creation of the EAPR, France is honoured to welcome the 20th Triennial Conference of the European Association for Potato Research.

After Brest in 1969, Paris in 1993, we have chosen a place of exception to celebrate the 60th birthday of our Association that is Versailles.

IST-Africa 2017 Conference

From 31/05/2017 to 02/06/2017 — Windhoek, Namibia

Hosted by the Government of Namibia through the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology, and Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa Week 2017 (30 May - 02 June) is the twelfth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research Conferences. Focused on ICT-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology related policy dialogues, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building, each conference brings together senior representatives of leading public, private, education and research organisations from 50 countries to discuss policy, share insight and identify collaboration opportunities. IST-Africa Week is the flagship event of the IST-Africa initiative, co-funded under the European Framework Programme since 2005 - current Contract No. 723240. 

SARIMA Conference 2017

From 22/05/2017 to 27/05/2017 — Windhoek, Namibia

The Annual SARIMA (Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association Conference) is hosted to allow the opportunity to network with colleagues in the fields of Research Management (RM) and Innovation and Technology Transfer (ITT) and to share experiences. In 2017 SARIMA will celebrate its 15th year. 

 

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