• 05 Dec

      Extension of Deadline – Symposium at Egerton University 27th – 28th of February 2019

      Call for AbstractsSymposium at Egerton University Kenya

      EXTENSION of DEADLINE: 30th December 2018

      Date: 27th and 28th February 2019

      Egerton University

      ICT and Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture

      New Deadline for submission: 30th December 2018

      Topic 1: Socio-cultural and gender aspects of sustainable technology adoption at farm level.

      Topic 2: ICT4Ag – Innovative knowledge sharing and learning approaches for  technology adoption in agriculture – Opportunities and Barriers

      Topic 3: Youth and Agriculture – the way forward

      Topic 4: Participatory and learning centered methods for research and development – a critical review

    • 07 Nov

      Kick-Off of Mobile ICT4Ag App Usability Test Event in Kenya

      Today marked the day of one of SCARA projects most interesting activities, the usability testing of mobile agricultural apps. 7 computer science students from Egerton University in Kenya gathered to develop an testing setting. This procedure supports the usability evaluation of common Kenyan mobile agri-apps. The students get test their own apps tested by the actual users, the farmers. The students develop a testing procedure under supervision and conduct the usability testing themselves. This provides a great opportunity for them to learn and develop these skills hands-on.

      Even in Europe females in tech, computer science, programming and app development is an important topic. The SCARA project is happy that out of 7 students, involved in this activity, 4 are female computer science students. They themselves are developing mobile apps for ICT4Ag scenarios.

      The SCARA project partners Egerton University and BOKU Vienna and the APPEAR program supports “Girls for a change“.

    • 30 Oct

      Call for Abstracts – International Symposium Egerton University 27th – 28th February 2019

      Call for AbstractsSymposium at Egerton University Kenya

      Date: 27th and 28th February 2019

      Egerton University

      ICT and Innovation for Sustainable Agriculture

      Deadline for submission: 30th November 2018

      Topic 1: Socio-cultural and gender aspects of sustainable technology adoption at farm level.

      Topic 2: ICT4Ag – Innovative knowledge sharing and learning approaches for  technology adoption in agriculture – Opportunities and Barriers

      Topic 3: Youth and Agriculture – the way forward

      Topic 4: Participatory and learning centered methods for research and development – a critical review

    • 27 Mar

      Training on Participation, Transformation and Ownership

      26 Students were invited to participate in a highly interactive training on participative research and participation. The training was hosted by Egerton University and facilitated by Beverly Achieng (EgU)and Dominik Ruffeis (BOKU). The students were highly motivated to learn about participation, participative research approaches, transformation, community ownership and research ethics. Main goal of the training was to learn how to integrate the methodologies of participation into research and field work.

      Participation is getting involved, sharing ideas and discussion and participation is allowing all community members to take part and to own the activities. (Students voice)

      A hot debate was going on on the levels of participation and how participation is reflected in common institutions.

      Lowest level of participation is just sharing information with communities and the highest level is purely self-motivated community actions including assets and identifying the needs and ideas for change through the communities themselves.

      Participation is empowering people to learn, develop, change values, take action and improve. It can lead to sustainability transition or even transformation processes. Changing values and views through learning will eventually lead to changed behavior and innovations.

      • Engage people emotionally
      • Development of resilience
      • Engage people at scale
      • Work towards well being
      • Choose your facilitators carefully

      Participation is also about collaboration and working together:

      Research should rather focus on solutions and not on problems. Communities always look for solutions and not for problems.

      Participants of the Training: