From October 25 to October 28 2022 the EWA-BELT WP 3 Capacity building workshop was organized in Kenya. Associate Vice Chancellor Research Innovation and Enterprise UoN,  Professor Margaret  Hutchinson gave the opening speech on the first day of the Capacity Building workshop. Some of the Partners of the EWA-BELT project had the opportunity to meet each other for the first time in presence since the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020 (when the project started). Partners and stakeholders from Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Italy, United Kingdom had the opportunity to participate in different workshop days as well as Field visits.

Field visit organized by the University of Nairobi

The visits were organized in Kendu Bay, WEST NYAKACH WARD and Kakamega. The EWA-BELT Project had the opportunity to listen to some of the farmers’ witnesses involved in the project. With the University of Nairobi, the experimentations are focused on Peanuts, improvement of peanut varieties, how to process them and how to improve their distribution on the market.

The technologies tested by the UoN with the farmers of West Nyakach Ward are: planting in row with a right distance (so to use natural fertilizers in a more efficient way), and use of Bone manure to increase field productivity. Friday was Kakamega day, here KALRO shown the field activity on other farmer’s yield. In this yields intercropping is one of the technology/practice tested; Planting in row; use of organic manure; Use of AFLASAFE. The farmers in both demonstration fields witness the firsthand improvement they experienced and experiment from the activities organized by UoN and Kalro in the context of the EWA-BELT Project.

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