Next HAK Workshop

We are pleased to announce the 19th Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics. In this workshop original research and reviews of all topics regarding horticultural production shall be presented, including marketing, socio-economic and environmental issues among others.

Besides, there will be a special topic on: Methods to analyze the effects of climate change on plant growth – Simulation modelling. Systems analysis refers to “a general methodology that applies a holistic perspective by taking all aspects of the situation into account, and by concentrating on the interactions between its different elements”. This approach provides a superior way of analysing problems and formulating research. The principles of systems and case studies will be covered during dedicated sessions during the workshop.

The workshop is organized into the following subthemes:

  1. Capacity Builidng

    • Modelling Techniques
  2. Original Research and Reviews
    • Agronomy
    • Crop Protection and Plant Breeding
    • Socio-economic and Environmental Issues
    • Postharvest handling and Quality


The workshop will take place at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization-Tea Research Institute (KALRO-TRI). The Institute (TRI), is one the research institutes created under the KALR Act of 2013. It was established to replace the former Tea Research Foundation of Kenya (TRFK) to contribute to the overall production, processing and marketing of tea. TRI is located in Kericho County about 11.5 Km from Kericho town. To access the institute, branch off Kericho/Nakuru highway at Brooke shopping Centre for a distance of 5 km through Kimugu Tea Factory Road. The TRI occupies over 210 ha of land to the West of Mau forest. It lies in a serene environment bordering the famous Mau Forest, James Finlay’s and Unilever Tea Kenya Limited.


The workshop shall be accomplished through oral presentations, panel discussions and posters. There will also be excursions to selected horticultural production and scenic sites within Taita Taveta County.

Facilities and space for exhibiting technologies and products from the horticultural sector will be provided. Workshop participants will therefore have an opportunity to interact with private sector industry players for information exchange.

Application Procedure

Stakeholders are encouraged to participate in this critical event through: Presentation, Exhibition or Attendance. Applications may be made online at: Where applicants are unable to use the system, applicants may send their abstracts to the organisers by e-mail to

The deadline for receiving applications is August 30th, 2019. The abstracts should be in English language. They should not be more than 300 words and in MS Word (.doc) or rich text format (.rtf). The abstract should contain the aim(s), methodology, results, discussion and conclusion. They should include the title, the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number(s). Authors should also state the sub-theme and indicate their preference for oral or poster presentation. The closing date for receiving revised abstracts shall be October 11th, 2019.

African Journal of Horticultural Sciences

Papers submitted for the workshop shall be considered for publication in the African Journal of Horticultural Science. This journal is available online:

For enquiries, email secretariat: