Two post-harvest academics, Chris Bishop and Henry Matthews, along with PhD students Seoleseng Tshwenyane and Elsbeth Bingley, are working on African Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (AKTP).
Matthews visited Nairobi and Nakuru in Kenya last month as an academic adviser, offering advice to fertiliser company MEA and the University of Nairobi.
Bishop presented the Nairobi conference Innovation through Collaboration - Adding Value to African Economies through Knowledge Transfer. He said: "It was encouraging to meet bright young African graduates who are keen to bridge the gap between the commercial world and African universities."
Tshwenyane and Bingley are visiting Kenya this month on projects examining the Kenyan carbon footprint for horticultural exports and the post-harvest performance of cut flowers. Both students have close links with commercial Kenyan horticultural exporters.
AKTP is being piloted in Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya with Writtle College an active UK higher education institution partner. The programme is designed to help businesses improve their productivity and competitiveness using the scientific knowledge, technology and skills available from higher education institutions.