Horticultural Association of Kenya (HAK). The Association was established in 1999 and registered in 2001 in Kenya. The association seeks to provide a fora for horticultural professionals to meet and exchange ideas. Therefore the Association organizes annual workshops where members and other scientists in horticulture meet and discuss topical.
HAK is non-political and non-profit making organization whose objectives are:
- To promote horticultural science in Kenya, through the generation, dissemination, and exchange of horticultural information and technology among members.
- To promote sustainable and environment friendly horticultural production in Kenya.
- To promote exchange of scientific information and technology among members through seminars, workshops, symposia, conferences and congresses.
- To promote capacity building through study, research, training and teaching.
- To publish or cause to be published: proceedings of workshops, seminars, symposia, congresses and conferences; horticultural periodicals including journals, newsletters and reports; commentaries and reviews on topical issues in horticulture; brochures, posters etc.; books, summaries or bibliographies of relevant horticultural research.
- To promote professionalism in horticulture
- To promote the formation of branches for the furtherance of horticulture at local levels
- To promote affiliation to regional and international professional societies, and organizations interested in horticultural marketing and environmental issues.
- To promote co-operation with national institutions, societies non-governmental and other organizations with vested interests in plant science, horticultural production, marketing and environmental conservation.
- To promote utilization of local expertise and resources in horticulture.
- To solicit funds for promoting the Association’s activities.
There are three categories of membership: Ordinary, Student and Corporate. Ordinary membership is open to individuals engaged in any aspect of horticulture. Ordinary members have voting rights and may be elected to office in the Association. Student membership is open to students enrolled in horticulture or related courses at institutions of higher learning. Corporate membership is open to organizations and institutions involved in any aspect of horticulture. Student and corporate members have no right to vote and may not be elected to office in the Association.
All memberships are subject to approval by the Association. In all cases, registration is by payment of a non refundable fee of Ksh. 500.
(I) Scientific meetings
A key objective of HAK is to promote exchange of scientific information and technology among members. In line with this objective the Association has held six workshops on the theme ‘Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics’. The workshops usually take four days. The first two days involve presentation in the form of oral papers, posters and group discussions. The last two days involve field expeditions to horticultural sites around the country. This gives participants insights into the practical aspects of horticultural production in the country and may lead to identification of issues to be followed by scientists.
In 2009, thw Association coorganized the First All Africa Horticulture Congress under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS). In 2013, The Association organized the first International Symposium on ornamentals in Africa under the auspices of ISHS.
The proceedings of the workshops some workshops (2001-2005) were published in hard copy and posted on the internet. Currently presenters of at the workshop are encouraged to prepare high qulity papers which are published in the African Journal of Horticultural Science online. An online newsletter (SVePiT) is hosted by the Institute of Biological Production Systems, Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Germany.
(III) Linkages and Collaborations
The Association works closely with public universities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. There are also close ties with the Institute of Vegetables and Fruit Science and the Institute of Plant Diseases and Plant Protection at the University of Hannover in Germany. Over time the Association has received a lot of financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Other research and statutory organizations like Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), CABI, Tropical Pesticide Research Institute (TPRI) and HCDA also participate in the Association’s activities.
(IV) Future Outlook
The Association developed a 5-year strategic plan to guide its activities.