Category: General HORTINLEA, SP 1, SP 2, SP 3, SP 4, SP 5, SP 6, SP 7, SP 8, SP 9
HORTINLEA Annual Meeting 2015
How can African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) be utilized to improve the livelihoods of farmers and other people along the value chain? What chances do AIVs create and how can they enhance general food security in Kenya? In the spirit of these questions more than 80 horticultural researchers and young doctoral students assembled in Joachimsthal, near Berlin, Germany, September 14-15 for the HORTINLEA Annual Meeting (AM) 2015.
The AM offered a platform for representatives from all 14 thematic areas to come together and discuss their research and recent results as well as the way forward for the whole project. Thereby several workshops were held to discuss strategies within the thematic areas and large discussions involving all researchers allowed the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas. In a results fair each area further appointed one or more members to answer more detailed questions about their particular research so far.
Capacity building was once again an important pillar of the AM. A week prior to the AM all doctoral students had already assembled for the Summer School to receive intensive training in scientific writing, scientific presentation and other subjects. A particular highlight of the AM then were the elevator pitches the students prepared. These 2 minutes long presentations offered an interesting view on their research for all senior scientists and a particular challenge to the students as they had to synthesise their work in a brief and engaging manner. The students also visualised their research in posters for the preceding Summer School and subsequent Tropentag conference.
The AM was also followed by Dr. Lusike Wasilwa, Head of crop systems for Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization, who emphasised the importance of the ongoing research for farmers in Kenya and strongly supports the dissemination of results.