Australia-Kenya partnerships work towards a food secure Kenya
7 November 2013
The Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture representative, Phineas Nyaga and Australia's Head of Mission to Kenya, H.E. Mr. Geoff Tooth attended the Australia-Kenya post harvest symposium on 29 October 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was jointly hosted by the University of Nairobi and University of Sydney.
Post harvest management of food has been a major challenge in Kenya's agricultural sector with an estimated losses of 20 to 30% of harvested crops.
The Australian government supports post harvest training through providing scholarships, both short and long term study opportunities, as part of its broader agenda of maintaining a food secure Africa.
Speaking while opening the symposium, the Head of Crop Reservists in the Ministry of Agriculture Phineas Nyaga, said research and training will help realise maximise productivity from the farming sector.
The event was also attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Nairobi, Heads of relevant Agriculture departments and agencies in Kenya, scholars from University of Sydney, Kenyan academic community as well as 16 Australia Awards recipients from seven different African countries who are in Kenya attending the final phase of agriculture post-harvest training.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (FAE) has been providing post-harvest education in grains to over 50 Africans from 22 countries over the past 2 years. Improvements implemented by the awardees have been in better storage at village level, minimising aflatoxins in grains through improved cultural management and linking farmers to markets.
The FAE team managing the postharvest program consists of A/Professor Robyn McConchie, Emma Walters and Dr Peter Ampt.
Contact: Ms Emma Walters
Phone: +61 2 86271045 or +61 2 9565 5179