In a bid to enhance the capacity of staff in national research institutions in Ghana, the AfricaYam project successfully held a training exercise on electronic data capture at the Crops Research Institute (CRI), Kumasi between the 24th – 26th February, 2016 and immediately proceeded to Savannah Agriculture Research Institute (SARI), Tamale to deliver a similar training on the 29th February – 2nd March, 2016. A total of 15 participants were trained in both institutions which was focused on supporting the participants to develop skills mainly in electronic data collection using mobile devices and data management.
Virus scoring templates were developed for yam leaves at different stages (old & young) to ease phenotyping. Use of mobile phones as a field book and image analysis tool was of interest to participants as they were able to create a temporary local yam database to harmonize multiple trial results from Dente and Fumesua regions; thereafter, perform qualitative scoring scales to conform with yam trait ontology and identification of traits that are not clearly defined in the yam ontology.
The project aims to focus on deliver more training sessions in Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire with open access to yam data on the yambase platform.
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