SAEES Staff and students at the Poultry Knowledge Sharing Session
Prof Michael Chimonyo, Prof Ignatius Nsahlai, Dr Joyce Chitja and Dr Unathi Kolanisi of SAEES recently attended and facilitated a 3-day Poultry Knowledge Sharing Session where they presented their research and perspectives on various aspects of â€œCapacity Building for Farmers and Professionals in the Field of Agricultureâ€.
The group of academics, from the disciplines of Animal Science and Food Security, were joined at the three-day event by their postgraduate students. The four academics were also responsible for some of the facilitation of sessions during the event, which focused on poultry production and utilised the interdisciplinary perspectives of the academics in attendance to encourage discussion around solutions to food insecurity.
Organised by Further Education and Training (FET) College in Cedara, the event included participants from UKZN, FET Colleges, the governmental Departments of Agriculture and Education, research institutions and non-governmental organisations, as well as local farmers.
Chimonyo facilitated a discussion on â€œPoultry Production Systems and their Contribution to Socio-economic Livelihoodsâ€ and Chitja spoke to the attendees about market access. Kolanisi presented a research-based paper she co-authored with Dr Muthulisi Siwela entitled â€œIndigenous Chickens (ICs) - An Underutilised Resource for Food, Nutrition Security and Sustainable Livelihoodsâ€.
The Food Security students also had the opportunity to contribute by sharing their knowledge with those at the session. They presented on one of the proposed interventions to maximise the utilisation of indigenous chickens, which they are currently working on. Another aspect the group chose to focus on was the nutritional issue of vitamin A deficiency (VAD). The students demonstrated solutions to multifaceted food security challenges through their diverse presentations.