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AgriFoSe2030 arranged meta-analysis course in Nairobi

Published: 05 December 2016

A course in meta-analysis was hosted by ICRAF in Nairobi, Kenya, November 28 - December 2. The main organiser was the AgriFoSe2030 programme.

There were 31 participants from 15 African countries and one Southeast Asian country at the course. The participants were post-doc students or senior researchers in a wide range of fields, including crop production, soil science, plant breeding, agroforestry, aquaculture and livestock production.

The participants in the course during a lunch break. Photo: Sofia Boqvist.

Meta-analysis - a powerful tool

Meta-analysis is a powerful statistical methodology for synthesizing research evidence across independent studies. The method allows quantitative analyses of the magnitude of effects and has a high degree of objectivity because it is based on a standardized set of statistical procedures.

The main teacher was Professor Julia Koricheva at the Royal Holloway University of London. She is Professor in ecology and has written a large number of scientific review papers using meta-analysis. In addition, she is lead editor of the recent book “Handbook of Meta-analysis in Ecology and Evolution", Princeton University Press.

Policy and communication

A component about policy and policy communication was also included in the course. This part was arranged by Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Nairobi.


During a lecture on meta-anaysis in Nairobi. Photo: Sofia Boqvist.




 The AgriFoSe2030 programme directly targets the SDG 2 in low-income countries through translating state-of-the-art science to be used for better practises and policies for small holders. The program is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida).

The programme is centred around:

  1. sustainable intensification of agriculture for increased production
  2. increased participation and influence for women and youth within farming and agribusinesses, and
  3. improving the access to markets and the development of value chains.
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Sofia Boqvist, Associate Professor

Programme Director of AgriFoSe2030
Theme leader of Theme 4 in AgriFoSe2030
Dept. of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, SLU
PO Box 7028, SE-750 07 Uppsala
Phone: +46 18-67 23 88
Mobile: +46 72-240 34 94






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