CEBIB postgraduates participate in seminars at ILRI

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Vercoe Auditorium, ILRI - Nairobi Campus

Three (3) CEBIB graduate students, Ms. Sonia Achieng, Mr. Nehemiah Ongeso, and Mr. John Gitau participated in seminars conducted at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Nairobi campus on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. In the first of the two seminars titled, ‘The Controversy in Statistical Significance’, the students received insights to take into account when justifying research findings. The trainer, Jane Poole, a Senior Statistician and the Head of the Research Methods Group at ILRI, emphasized on the importance of focusing on the methods of data generation rather than the statistical significance values.

The second seminar was titled ‘Transforming Aflatoxin Killer Fields to Safe Fields by the use of Aflasafe KE01 Technology’. The seminar organized by ILRI-based International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), exposed the students to the innovative technology, Aflasafe™, used in controlling carcinogenic aflatoxins produced by fungi (mainly Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus) found in various agricultural crops. IITA’s key priority is to ensure a food secure future for sub-Saharan Africa. Food safety is important in ensuring food security. The trainer, Dr. Charity Mutegi, Country (Kenya) Coordinator - Aflasafe™ project, emphasized the application of Aflasafe™ Technology to ensure that food and feeds are safe for human and livestock consumption. It was observed that food security stakeholders focus on food availability, accessibility, and nutrition while overlooking food safety. In 2018, 77% of maize fields in Meru County were contaminated with aflatoxin; the application of Aflasafe™ reduced the contamination to 15%. The technology can be applied to maize, sorghum, peanuts, cereals and animal feed production.

Postgraduate students were encouraged to engage in such fora that link theoretical knowledge, practical skills, and to package into industry applications that address problems facing the society. The students transiting from academia to research used the opportunity to interact and create a network of potential mentors, and research supervisors in the industry.

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