On June 28 2019, the InnovAfrica project organized a KIPUS training session for the Brachiaria forage-Livestock system at BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi, Kenya. The training was facilitated by Mr. Simon Striegel from KIAG, who is the InnovAfrica ICT framework provider..

The InnovAfrica participants were drawn from KALRO and KENAFF – both organizations will be involved in the trial data collection. The knowledge and skills gained from the training will be applied by the scientists to collect digital data in the field using KIPUS as a much more efficient data collection system than previous analogue methods.

KIPUS is a browser-based web-application and is designed to be used on android devices such as tablets and smartphones. The application will be used in documenting, monitoring and analysing the SAI trial data.

The key benefits of using KIPUS include improved real-time data for monitoring and analysis, matching of SAI trial data with HHQ for time-series analyses, the creation of a joint, digital data base accessible to all InnovAfrica partners and, thus, improved potential for data analysis for all stakeholders.

Adoption of KIPUS will also demonstrate the benefits of ICT-based data management and expose researchers in various Sub-Saharan African countries to state-of-the-art data management technology in agricultural value chains.

The training covered; login in, navigation, installation of the application, uploading data to the KIPUS servers and linking HHQ and SAI data. The scientists were also guided on entering existing analogous data into KIPUS and were given an opportunity to practice and evaluate the KIPUS application using dummy variables. A few areas that needed to be adjusted on the KIPUS were pointed out and subsequently adapted.

On the way forward, it was agreed that all data collected by analogous methods should be transferred into KIPUS and synchronized by end of June 2019.

Subsequent data will be collected from at least 30 farmers using KIPUS following the frequency as detailed in the Brachiaria forage protocol in both Kirinyaga County and Kangundo sub-County.

Participants were advised to synchronize the data every time a data entry for a farm was completed to avoid loss of data. It was emphasised on the need to collect good quality data and checking precisely for completeness of data collected before synchronizing to KIPUS.

The other case countries will also start SAI trial data collection with KIPUS in the course of June 2019.