On 16 November 2016, the second annual Joint AAUN Australia Awards Agricultural Research Symposium was held at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Symposium was co-hosted by AAUN, the Australia Awards, the University of Nairobi and the University of Sydney.

Symposium attendees broadened their understanding of Australia and Africa agricultural research links, and developed new collaborations, including identifying a new project around improving post-harvest management of fruit and vegetables in Nigeria and Kenya.

The event attracted over 65 participants from both Australia and Africa, including the 26 Awardees participating in the Australia Awards Africa short course ‘Increasing the Development Impact of Agricultural Research’ (IDIAR). In addition, Symposium participants included agricultural academics presenting in the IDIAR program from Australia and Africa, along with representatives from Nairobi-based agricultural research institutions and the private sector.

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– Dr Bruce Pengelly, Tropical Agriculture Consultant at Pengelly Consultancy Pty Ltd – Pulses in Systems: SIMLESA Sustainable intensification of maize-legume systems for Food Security in eastern and southern Africa

– Professor Kolawole Falade, University of Ibadan – Value chain analysis:improved nutrition & health of children under 5 years and pregnant & lactating others through the production of high quality extruded foods supplemented with leaf and legume proteins 

– Professor Robyn McConchie, University of Sydney – Gender, Agriculture and Innovation Platforms: Nutrition–sensitive agricultural intervention for women in rural Tanzania

– Dr Robert Marchant, University of York – Past, present and future social-ecological-environmental system interactions in East Africa: changing environments = changing values 

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