Thirty-two scientists, scientific officers, technicians and research scholars from Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso were trained on ‘Statistics and Statistical Computing’ using GenStat. The five-day training course held at ICRISAT Kano, Nigeria on 3 -7 March was organized to enhance the capacity of HOPE project (Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement of Sorghum and Millets in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia) partners in statistical computing.

The training program focused on several aspects of efficient experimental design and data management and included generation and analysis of replicated and non-replicated trials, data cleaning, curation, single site and GxE analysis and interpretation. GenStat 16th Edition was the software used for training.

Participants were exposed to a demo version of the software to experience hands on data analysis. The course also provided an opportunity for the participants to understand digital data collection techniques and other tablet tools. While presenting the results, the participants thanked the HOPE project and ICRISAT for the training, stating that the knowledge gained would help enhance their academic and research activities.

Dr Hakeem Ajeigbe, Country Representative, ICRISAT Nigeria, coordinated the course while Dr Abhishek Rathore, Senior Scientist and Ms Roma Rani Das, Scientific Officer, of ICRISAT’s Biometrics Unit served as resource persons. The activity was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals.

 

Photo: Participants of the training course at ICRISAT Kano. Credit: H Ajeigbe, ICRISAT

Photo: Participants of the training course at ICRISAT Kano. Credit: H Ajeigbe, ICRISAT

Adapted from ICIRSAT Happenings