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10.08.2015 12:13 Age: 5 yrs
Category: General HORTINLEA, SP 13

HORTINLEA connects with partners for a new Knowledge Exchange Initiative (KExIn)


SP13 Coordinator Dr. Emil Gevorgyan with the representatives from KAPAP

Following the successful completion of its first phase, Sub-Project 13 - Promoting the dissemination and communication of research results - announces the second phase of its activities: Aiming to launch a Knowledge Exchange Initiative (KExIn) with selected actors.

The second phase aims to define knowledge exchange objectives and expected outcomes with the strong participation of potential partners. These partners, best placed in the innovation ecology of AIVs, were identified in the SLE study 2014.

During the upcoming three months the SP13 team aims to create a strong sense of knowledge exchange objectives and expected outcomes through an active participation with all selected actors. To start the second phase of activities the SP13 team is currently based in Kenya, consulting with policy, value chain and linking actors about:

  • The changes these actors aim to achieve in the field of food and nutrition security at the local, county and national level in Kenya
  • The changes HORTINLEA and these actors expect as a result of the planed KExIn
  • How KExIn can contribute to food and nutrition security objectives of HORTINLEA and these actors

 

As a result of the ongoing consultations a KExIn-strategy shall be developed, including concrete activities, sequence and tools of knowledge sharing, as well as operating constrains for a comprehensive cooperation between HORTINLEA and the selected actors.

The SP13 team had its first consultation on August 7th and met with KAPAP (Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project) National Coordinator Francis Muthami and his team (research, outreach, farmer empowerment and markets). Both sides expressed their great wish to engage in a close cooperation. More specifically, KAPAP is ready to share its documents and results, as well as to provide important contact information to partner organizations like KENAFF (Kenya National Farmers Federation).

Further, both KAPAP and HORTINLEA see the necessity to start a common KExIn. Immediately actors from both projects shall be brought in touch with one another. For instance, it is proposed that KAPAP is involved in the conduction of the second stage of the main household survey in the frame of HORTINLEA’s SP9 – Reducing poverty and vulnerability. HORTINLEA and SP13 are looking forward to working with a new partner to ensure the sustainability of research results.