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Best Practice Presentation: Toward an application profile for enhancing Agri-Nutrition knowledge discovery in Kenya

Title:Toward an application profile for enhancing Agri-Nutrition knowledge discovery in Kenya
Date:2020-09-24 15:00
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	Humphrey Keah
Humphrey Keah
Kenya
Humphrey Keah is an information and knowledge management practitioner whose 20 years of research support experience spans the natural sciences and the humanities and social sciences. Recently he won the 2020 InforShare award on International Information Issues by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Humphrey was instrumental in linking African universities and the global iSchools Digital Humanities Curriculum Committee (iDHCC). Currently he is leading knowledge management initiatives at the Centre for Health Literacy and Quality-Kenya (CHLQ-K) while undertaking doctoral research with special interests in semantic web applications for research and cultural heritage institutions. Previously Humphrey worked at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), the Library of Congress field office in Nairobi, the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nairobi) and Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI). Humphrey has teaching experience as Computer Instructor at INTEL College and Assistant Lecturer at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK). He speaks fluent French and has MSc. in IT and BSc. in Information Science from Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.



	Jane Wambugu
Jane Wambugu
Kenya
Jane Wambugu has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture as an Agriculture and Home Economists for 27 years. She has mainstreamed nutrition in departments (Crops, Livestock and Fisheries) as well as forming a link between Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health through the Agri-Nutrition Linkages Technical Working Group. This link has enabled the two ministries to jointly work together on nutrition interventions. As head of unit, Jane brought several partners together, held three (3) Agri-Nutrition Regional and National Conferences and supported the development of several documents that link Agriculture and Nutrition. In response to Covid -19 pandemic she coordinated development of national guidelines and 1 million Kitchen garden initiative for all the 47 counties. Jane Holds a Bachelor degree in Agriculture and Home Economics from Egerton University and a Masters in Management of Development Specializing in Training, Rural Extension and Training from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.



	George Obanyi
George Obanyi
Kenya
George Nyairo Obanyi holds master’s degree in communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Education from Kenyatta University. Mr. Obanyi has been involved in communications for development organizations and projects for the past 20 years. He has been involved in designing, implementing and evaluating strategic communication programs across several sectors. He has facilitated knowledge management projects and communication training workshops. Currently, he is Senior Technical Officer for Communication at FHI 360, an international development agency, where he provided communication support for the Kenya country office and projects. He is also the Chairman of the Association for Development Communication Practitioners in Kenya (AFDECOP). Mr. Obanyi has worked for the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), World Agroforestry Centre, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), Nation Media Group and The Standard Newspapers. Mr. Obanyi has also attended short courses on project management, policy communication, participatory communication approaches, social media for global health, ICT for development, social and behavior change communication.

Abstract
Through the Agri-Nutrition Linkages Technical Working Group, the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture has managed to mainstream nutrition in the departments of Crops, Livestock and Fisheries as well as form linkages with the Ministry of Health. This linkage has enabled the two ministries to collaborate on nutrition interventions. The Agri-Nutrition Linkages Technical Working Group has also brought together multisectoral partners and so far held three (3) successful Agri-Nutrition Regional and National Conferences resulting into several associated documentation linking Agriculture and Nutrition which need to be subjected to online discovery. Lately, in response to the Covid -19 pandemic the Agri-Nutrition Linkages Technical Working Group coordinated development of national guidelines and the 1 million kitchen garden initiative for the country’s 47 counties. This best practice presentation showcases how interdisciplinary collaboration between the domains of Agriculture, Health and multisectoral partners contributing to a common agendum (Agri-Nutrition) can facilitate metadata development for a central online repository which can serve as a metadata harvesting proxy leading to knowledge discovery through semantic web applications such as the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s AGRIS database and the Open Metadata Registry. The intended audience of this presentation include metadata specialists, researchers and decision makers in the domains of agri-nutrition, agriculture, health, as well as librarians and knowledge management specialists.