Prof. Abukutsa addressing the participants when she officiated the opening of the workshop

A workshop to enhance research capacity of African scholars was held in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, on Monday December 18, 2017 and Tuesday 19th December, 2017.

Besides enhancing research capacity of the beneficiaries, the workshop also brought  together scholars from the DAAD In-country and In-region as well as from the Horticultural Innovation and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa (HORTINLEA), the workshop was  also primed to create multidisciplinary networks that could form long term basis of scientific research collaborations. The participants were drawn from four countries namely: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and Germany

Speaking during the official opening ceremony of the workshop which focused on data processing, analysis and dissemination strategies, Deputy Vice Chancellor (DVC) in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa cautioned the participants that if data is not collected and analyzed properly then the researcher will not end up with useful results. She added that data analysis and dissemination remain problematic to a number of researchers yet the concepts are important lenses of gauging success of any research activity.

Prof. Abukutsa also argued the participants to learn of various dissemination strategies in order to improve the visibility of their research

The DVC also encouraged the participants to learn of various dissemination strategies in order to improve the visibility of their research.

Dr. Emil Gevorgyan from Humboldt Universität’s Center for Rural Development, in his presentation to the participants said that dissemination is about creating awareness, and fostering engagement about science and innovation activities in order to cement lasting impact.

Dr. Emil makes a presentation on dissemination tools and knowledge exchange strategies at the workshop

Dr. Emil added that a good dissemination strategy must take into account the stakeholders involved, how they are linked together and their respective interests, power and resource matrices.

Diana Nakobe a student at University Hohenheim, Germany said a major challenge for young researchers is in the data management and analysis. She added that Many times, researchers end up collecting data that could provide insights beyond the scope of the research they are undertaking, much of that data therefore end up underutilized. She hoped to learn more strategies and avenues beyond scientific publication outlets.