Final Dissemination Conference - Mainbiosys

Date: 28 April 2017

Related Project: Mainstreaming the Biofarming System in Ethiopian and Ugandan Higher Education Institutions

The activities in Ethiopia of the project "Mainstreaming the Ethiopian and Ugandan Biofarming System in Higher Education Institutions" ended with the Final Dissemination Conference and the trainings organized in the Hawassa and Debre Markos Universities, in the period February 23 - March 6, 2017.

The topics covered by University of Molise experts during the training covered, among others, statistical applications in agricultural experiments, biodiversity of domestic animals, adaptive management of ecological systems, vermiculture, sustainable plant disease management, biocultural heritage between tradition and innovation, for a total of 40 hours lectures.

On the same occasion, participants visited the demonstration site set up by the Hawassa University, concerning the production of biocompost by using nitrogen-fixing bacteria, and the demonstration site set up by Addis Ababa University, in a biofarm run by a disadvantaged women's cooperative, in order to improve the sustainability of the horticulture and poultry production.

During the Mainbiosys project, more than 330 hours of training were organized which saw a total of 200 participants from African universities, with the aim to strengthen the skills of Ethiopia and Uganda partner staff to apply efficiently the advanced research methodologies and promoting new sustainable development processes in agriculture.

In the same period, 20 young researchers have visited University of Molise, Italy to attend courses, training and seminars. The experience held in Italy represented a unique opportunity for participants to have higher quality education, acquire specific skills and practice in equipped laboratories, allowing three of them to join with a scholarship the International PhD in Agriculture Technology and Biotechnology.