Summary of Major Achievements, 2002 -  2017

1)  Establishment of the Network

The network's establishment (through the most dedicated logistical and financial support of IPICS) has provided coordination of the human resources capacity in chemical analysis of pesticide  research within the region and created an interactive atmosphere among researchers in the region and promotion of south-south and north-south collaboration. The regional networking approach in chemical analysis of pesticides research has offered many opportunities, among them the following:
The final version of the constitution recognises the role of the network in Africa’s poverty eradication endeavours noting that “without quality/safety assurance of her agricultural and aquatic products, a key condition in international trade, the products’ competitiveness on the world market and thus Africa’s poverty eradication endeavours are greatly compromised”.

 

2. Exchange of Students

There has been an exchange of seven Ph.D students among the universities of Nairobi, Makerere, Dar es Salaam, Maseno and Addis Ababa. The Ph.D students’ seniority makes them to be very busy at their home universities as some are involved in teaching. The opportunity to go and work in another university, not too far from home, has proved to be a very effective method of enabling students to make “giant leaps” in their research projects. The students (and their supervisors) really appreciate this. As a bonus, these exchanges create close partnership among these future researchers and leaders.

3. Exchange of Researchers

This programme has enabled the exchange of areas of expertise available at one centre in the region to another. For example the novel technique of “Membrane Assisted Extraction and Trace Enrichment of Pollutants in Environmental Samples” has spread from Addis Ababa University to the Universities of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. There have been seven exchange of researchers visits sponsored by ANCAP.

 4. ANCAP Summer School

ANCAP summer schools are aimed at exposing young African scientist to modern research methodologies and techniques in pesticide research and activities. The summer schools have been found to be very useful. Besides enhancing research, skills of participants it also creates an atmosphere of interaction amongst young researchers within the sub-region, a gesture which stimulates future scientific collaboration, within the spirit of sustaining ANCAP. So far ANCAP has organized 11 summer schools involving a total of 217 participants drawn from 7 different african countries shown in the attendancy below:

Year

Country Held

No of Days

Number of Participants by Country

Total

Ethiopia

Kenya

Sudan

Tanzania

Uganda

Zimbabwe

Rwanda

2002

Uganda

23

2

2

0

3

4

0

0

11

2003

Kenya

11

2

9

0

6

2

0

0

19

2004

Tanzania

6

3

8

0

16

2

1

0

31

2005

Uganda

12

0

7

1

6

5

1

0

20

2006

Tanzania

4

0

7

3

5

3

2

0

22

2007

Botswana

3

1

3

1

4

1

3

0

13

2008

Sudan

7

1

1


1

1

1

0

23

2009

Uganda

3

0

3

2

4

13

1

0

23

2010

Tanzania

5

1

2

1

11

2

1

0

18

2013

Zambia

4

0

1

2

2

1

1

0

7

2015

Kampala

5

1

3

1

3

19

1

1

30

Total


78

9

35

7

52

30

8

1

217

5. Regional Scientific Meetings/Symposia

In its 15 years of existence, ANCAP, has had a great impact in the region by implementing, among others in organization of scientic conferences that serve as fora for dissemination of information and sharing data and ideas among peer scientists in the region and globally. This evedenced by the following events organized by ANCAP or in collaboration with other organizations and stake holders:

1.       Organised, in collaboration with SETAC Africa, a global conference on the “Use of Pesticides in Developing Countries” in October 2006 (attended by about 200 participants from 53 countries from all continents)

2.       Held ten Regional (Scientific) Symposia in Kampala (2002, 2005, 2015) Nairobi (2003, 2016) Zanzibar (2011) Dar es Salaam (2013), Lusaka (2013), Mombasa (2014, 2017)

3.       Coordinated one (special) Regional Workshop on DDT (Kampala 2004)

4.       Organised an International Inaugural Conference (Arusha, 2004)

5.    Organised and facilitating Regional Workshop on the Eco-toxicological Monitoring and Control of Agrochemicals in the West Indian Ocean Region, Zanzibar, February 2005

6.     Organised a Regional Training Workshop on Risk Assessment of Agrochemicals in the West Indian Ocean Region, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November – December, 2005

7.       Organised and held the 1st African Congress on Pesticide and Toxicology Sciences, University of Gezira, Wad Medani, Sudan (2008)

8.    Organised and held, in collaboration with SETAC Africa three  International conferences in Kampala   Uganda (2009), Buea Cameroon (2011) and Lusaka Zambia (2013)


6. Website Design and Desktop Publishing

ANCAP designs its own website which is regularly updated and maintained.It also does  desktop publishing. As for the latter, this is to ensure that the network can prepare the layouts of its mass communication publications.
 
Future Plans
(i) School of Tropical Pesticide Management (STPM).
The network has started a summer school - School of Tropical Pesticide Management (STPM). The school will be held every year and initially it will be permanently based in Kampala, at the University of Makerere where facilities will be established. For the year 2003, the summer school was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 8-20 September, In 2004 it was held in Arusha, Tanzania from 2nd to 6th August, and in 2005 it was held in Kampala, Uganda from 11th to 22nd July.
(ii) M.Sc and Ph.D Training.
This may include training of technical staff, M. Sc and Ph. D courses. Trainees' registration can be either in their home university or the cooperating university as conditions deem the same necessary. The basic focus of such training will be on new analytical techniques.
(iii) Exchange of Students.
Whenever possible, students' exposure to the experiences of other universities are highly desirable. In this connection, students exchange will be both with regional and external universities, such as European, American and Indian Universities, and will be established for the benefit of both the students and the institutions.
(iv) Researcher/Staff Exchange.
Besides the exchange of academic staff, technical staff involvement in such exchange scheme will also be effected. Staff exchange through sabbatical, research leave and external examiner will be strengthened regionally and externally.
 
Development of a joint research proposal based on a concept paper involving four countries, viz., Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, to be sent to the University of Florida. The proposal will be on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
 
  • Development of Distance Education
  • The need for distance education courses in undergraduate, graduate and in-service programs has been noted by the network.. Courses that are appropriate for the region, involving students, farmers and farm workers will be designed and delivered in cooperation with other universities in developed countries, e.g., University of Florida.