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.
Call for Abstracts – Symposium at Egerton University Kenya
Date: 27th and 28th February 2019
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
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:
SCARA project is announcing the 5 winners of the Research Competition. Four female and one male students will participate in the SCARA mentorship program. The Master students receive additional support for their research activities. This involves write up of their Master thesis and publishing of scientific papers through international supervision and an innovative scientific creative writing course. The mentorship program is facilitated through an e-learning collaboration platform hosted by BOKU. An innovative joint students supervision and ToT (Training of Trainers) approach is used. Students are guided through the process of proposal development and publication of their research output. Additionally they will have the opportunity to present their findings during an international Symposium hosted by Egerton University and SCARA project in the first quarter of 2019.
Research Competition Winners – Egerton University Master Students
- Daisy Lelgut Lanoi
- Sally Mukami Kimathi
- Cosmas Kweyu Lutomia
- Julia Akhabere
- Anne Wamaitha Kamande
The topics selected include research on dairy farm intensification and impact on land resources, food processing of Mango, sustainable technology adoption, use of farm videos and mobile application for advisory services in Kenya. The students from Egerton University will collaborate with BOKU students on selected topics. This supports and enhances peer2peer learning process and integrates the students into an international science network.
SCARA project is happy to welcome the students and the team is looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.