THE VALUE OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PARTNERSHIPS AS A TOOL FOR CAPACITY BUILDING WITHIN THE KENYAN HORTICULTURE SECTOR
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are an established method of developing academic-commercial relationships to further competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills. Building on the UK model, the British Council is currently piloting AKTP (Africa Knowledge Transfer Partner¬ships) in Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. AKTP facilitates a partnership between an African commercial organisation and African higher education institution; supported by UK academic partner institutions. The commercial organisation employs a recent graduate (associate) who works in the company to implement the project by transferring knowledge between the higher education institutions and the company. The programme is designed to help businesses improve their productivity and competitiveness using the scientific knowledge, technology and skills available from the higher education Institutions. Five AKTP pilot projects have a horticultural focus [three in Kenya, one in Nigeria, and one in Ghana]; Writtle College has participated as UK academic partner for the Kenyan projects. The first case study examines the AKTP between the University of Nairobi and MEA, a fertiliser production company, in order to commercialise a legume inoculant. The product was developed by the University of Nairobi in the late 1970s but the University was able to achieve only minimal market penetration. The projected outcomes for the AKTP are reviewed against the actual achieve¬ments for the company, the associate and the academic partner. The second case study reviews the progress to date of a two-year AKTP launched in January 2010 to measure the carbon footprint of key horticultural exports from Kenya. This partnership between Sunripe Ltd, producers and exporters of fruit and vegetables to Europe, Asia and South Africa, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology seeks to build capacity in both academic and commercial sectors through knowledge transfer from the UK. The third project which is only recently started is on postharvest aspects between East Africa Growers and Egerton University.
Bishop, C.F.H., Bingley , E. and Matthews , H. (2011). THE VALUE OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER PARTNERSHIPS AS A TOOL FOR CAPACITY BUILDING WITHIN THE KENYAN HORTICULTURE SECTOR. Acta Hortic. 921, 143-149
development, knowledge transfer, mentoring