New curriculum on neglected and underutilized species in the offing

new curriculum in offingANAFE in partnership with Bioversity International, the International Foundation for Science, the University of Nairobi, Africa University of Zimbabwe and the Laboratory of Agricultural Biodiversity and Tropical Plant Breeding (LAAPT), Benin, convened an international workshop in Nairobi to develop a new curriculum on neglected and underutilized crops, trees and animals.

The participants were drawn from various African universities including Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), University of Nairobi, JomoKenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Federal University of Nigeria. Apart from universities, research institutions were also represented including ICIPE, IVRDC and Global Hort. The private sector was represented by Excel Hort, Uganda.

The workshop was held under the umbrella of strengthening capacities and informing policies for developing value chains of neglected and underutilized crops in Africa’ supported by the ACP-EU Science& Technology Programme and its partners. Two draft curricula have been developed and will be finalized for publication in early 2016.

Caption: A cross-section of participants during one of the sessions on developing a curriculum on neglected and underutilized species.