University of St Andrews

Laure Kuhfuss attends workshop in Nairobi, Kenya

Wednesday 14 February 2018

On the 6th of February, Laure Kuhfuss, SGSD research fellow in Environmental Economics, attended the “2nd Kenya-British potato workshop: Knowledge exchange for technical innovation in potato”.

The workshop was organised by Profs. Lesley Torrance and John Jones, both from the school of Biology, University of St Andrews, and Prof. Hassan Were, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya. The workshop was attended by scientists, representatives of the Kenyan government agricultural institutions, NGOs and potato farmers themselves. It was funded by a £40,000 BBSCR-GCRF-IAA Extension award. 

Potato is the second most important crop in Kenya but its production is particularly challenging in this context. The solutions proposed by the scientific community could significantly increase the yields reached by small holder farmers in Kenya, thereby contributing to Kenyan food security and poverty alleviation goals. However, in order to better tailor the innovations offered to local farmers and provide them with the appropriate support, a better understanding of the socio-economic context in which the adoption of such solutions is made is still required. This workshop was an opportunity to gain a first understanding of the barriers to the adoption of innovations by Kenyan farmers in the potato farming industry and create a network of potential partners for the development of future research projects on this topic.

Feel free to get in touch with Laure if you want to know more.

Photo of Kenya meeting delegates