The AfricaYam project held a 3-Day Training Workshop on ‘R’ Statistic in Abuja, Nigeria from the 30th of March to the 2nd of April 2019.
The training followed an earlier one-day YamBase training of participants from IITA and partners representatives from Nigeria, Ghana, Republic of Benin and Cote d’Ivoire. A total of 15 participants were trained on the use of R Model Statistics as breeding management tool using realistic hands-on examples.
AfricaYam Project Leader, Dr. Patrick Adebola and IITA Yam Breeder, Dr. Asrat Amele anchored the training alongside a resource person, Claus-Dieter Mayer, Senior Statistician from Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland (BioSS), UK.
A cross section of participants at the Training
In his opening speech, Dr. Patrick Adebola said the training is coming at a perfect time and will assist the breeders in the analysis of phenotypic data collected over the past four years.
Participants during the ‘R’ Statistics training session
During the training, participants were engaged in some exercises and practices for the Development and Application of Qualitative Methodologies and Database data upload and analysis skills using R using BrAPI.
Dr. Mayer commended the participants for their zeal to learn and ability to stay focused throughout the sessions. “The training was a lot interactive which made the sessions easier. Solutions were proffered among the participants for questions asked and I am really impressed” he said.
Claus-Dieter Mayer, facilitator of the training during one of the sessions
In his closing remarks, Dr. Adebola and Dr. Asrat appreciated the resource person and participants for their time and dedication towards learning and also encouraged them to be a better user of the ‘R’ package by constant use of the techniques acquired during the training.