Capacity Building Projects
Currently we are active in several programs that strengthen the collaboration between African and German scientists. Main aim is the transfer of horticultural knowledge, methods and know-how for practical application under local conditions in Africa:
SVePiT is a collaborative project between the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, and the Department of Horticulture of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya. The aim is to support the sustainability of horticultural production in the tropics.
The project is sponsored by the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service - Alumni Programme
We coordinate the Junior Fellows program in the Natural Resources framework of Volkswagen Foundation´s Africa Initiative. Postdoctoral fellows from African countries were awarded research grants for their projects.
HORTINLEA is an interdisciplinary research project addressing food security in East Africa, particularly in Kenya. The overall goal is to improve the livelihood and nutritional situation of the rural and urban poor.
Subproject14 "Sustainable Capacity Building in Research" activities are followed under the umbrella of the HORTINLEA Graduate School, which is coordinated at our insitute.
The perception on the paradigm of sustainability varies between people of different cultural and professional background. African and European scientists aim at clarifying these perspectives and their implications to define concrete action and future collaboration.
Concepts for the three main areas, namely economic, ecological and social will be discussed in two Summer Schools to be held in 2016 and 2017.
The Summer School in 2016 will offer insights into different perspectives regarding the sustainability paradigm itself as well as in respect to the environment and natural resources.