2023 Annual Feed the Future Innovational Labs Regional Partners Meeting
When: May 22–26, 2023
Where: Trademark Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
The Innovation Lab for Horticulture gathered its International Advisory Board, consortium partners, regional hub managers, management entity team from University of California, Davis and Principal Investigators (PI) in Nairobi, Kenya, for its 2023 annual meeting. The meeting was hosted by the International Center for Evaluation and Development (ICED), the host organization for the East Africa Horticulture Regional Hub
Monday & Tuesday, May 22-23rd, were internal meeting days dedicated to learning about newly funded research projects and finding synergies between the projects. The group also visited the Food Processing Hub and Innovative Cold Storage Technologies at the University of Nairobi, Upper Kabete Campus as well as the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Kabete Station.
Wednesday, May 24th, was a public conference day with more than 120 participants in attendance, including key stakeholders and experts from academic, government, non-profit and private sectors of horticulture, nutrition, gender equity, youth engagement, and agri-entrepreneurship. The conference was themed: Resilient Fruit and Vegetable Value Chains: Nourishing Our Lives, Empowering local communities and cottage industries. The Public conference Day program is available here
The chief guest was the Principal Secretary, state department for crop Development; Honorable Phillip Kello Harsama. Find his opening speech here
Thursday, May 25th was a dedicated for onboarding of PIs of the newly funded projects and Discussion on collaborative Project Development among PIs. A parallel International Advisory Board meeting was held and follow-up from the meeting will be delivered directly to board members.
Friday, May 26th focused on Capacity Strengthening of the internal team on Evidence Informed Policy and practices (EIPP) and GenderUp.
Media Coverage for the Public Conference Day
Feed the Future commit Ksh 205M to improve horticulture value chain.
Highlights of the events and interviews
ICED Annual conference – Afternoon