STAARS workshop to discuss policy implications of gender and adoption of agricultural technology in East Africa to be held in Kenya

March 17, 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya

PEP and icipe are hosting a special STAARS workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the policy implications of agricultural technology adoption in East Africa, with a special focus on gender.

PEP and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) are hosting a special STAARS workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 17, 2017, on the theme of “Gender and Adoption of Agricultural Technologies in East Africa”.

The workshop has been organized as part of the STAARS initiative. The Structural Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAARS) initiative is a major African initiative aimed at promoting high quality research and capacity building for agricultural transformation as a key pathway to reducing poverty, and promoting inclusive growth and sustainable development in the region. Find out more about STAARS.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for early-career researchers from the region to create better links with stakeholders, while also increasing the visibility of their work. Through discussions and exchanges, the event aims to help address local and regional agricultural-sector issues using research and policy. This is particularly important in sub-Saharan Africa where agriculture is a major source of both income and employment. Agricultural productivity growth has also been shown to accelerate poverty reduction in Africa.

During the workshop, evidence from four studies looking at different facets of agricultural technology adoption in Kenya and Tanzania will be presented by the researchers who conducted these studies. There will also be the opportunity for an open discussion and a question and answer session following the presentations.

The presentations will discuss evidence from research work conducted under the PEP-STAARS initiative - led with the scientific and technical support of Cornell Universityicipe, and PEP, and with the financial support of the IDRC.

Scientists from icipe will also present complementary research on women’s empowerment and agricultural productivity and the impacts of technology adoption.

The half-day workshop will take place at the ICIPE Duduville Campus, Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, March 17, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. For any questions, please contact Eunice Kariuki ( at PEP, or Sarah Kingori ( at icipe.


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