New Crop Variety with Potential to end Hunger in the Tropics Introduced

New Crop Variety with Potential to end Hunger in the Tropics Introduced

Breadfruit, a staple crop grown in the Pacific Islands that has a permanent potential of being a solution to hunger in tropical regions such as Kenya, has been introduced at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The crop, a tree of economic value, grows better on hot and wet weather and is capable of producing about 900kg of fruits per tree. It produces fruits two years after planting and thrice annually after it starts  production. Breadfruit is a primary component of traditional agro-forestry systems in the Pacific where numerous varieties are grown. In… Continue reading →

Researchers Share Findings on Tomato Soil Pathogens with Kiambu Farmers

Researchers Share Findings on Tomato Soil Pathogens with Kiambu Farmers

Farmer practices have been identified as the greatest drivers of the severity and management of bacterial wilt and root knot nematodes, which pose the biggest threat to tomato production in high tunnel (popularly known as ‘greenhouses’) tomato farming in Kiambu County. According to a survey conducted by researchers from JKUAT and collaborators led by Dr. Lucy Kananu Murungi from the Department of Horticulture, in six sub-counties of Kiambu County (Gatundu North, Gatundu South, Juja, Thika, Ruiru and Kiambu), established that most farmers lacked training on proper practices that reduce the impact of root knot nematodes… Continue reading →

Prof. Bahemuka: Universities are the Developers of the Community

Prof. Bahemuka: Universities are the Developers of the Community

Professor Judith Bahemuka has challenged the world of academia in Africa to demystify the paradigm of gender parity in education. According to the Professor of Sociology, the 21st Century is defined by its drive to push the boundaries of knowledge, and characterised by progress and enlightenment in the world of academia, and not an individual’s gender.   Prof. Bahemuka, the Chancellor, University of Eldoret, made the remarks during the JKUAT’s Annual 2017 Professorial Luncheon when she addressed over 60 professors on the State of African Scholars in the 21st century. Citing some of the great… Continue reading →

Maritime Players in a mission to cut Carbon Footprint

Maritime Players in a mission to cut Carbon Footprint

Over 60 Stakeholders in the shipping and maritime sector in Kenya converged Monday June 19, 2017 in Mombasa for a two-day workshop aimed at sensitization and capacity building for climate change mitigation in the country. The event was organized under the auspices of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Center – Africa (MTTC-Africa) which seeks to leverage on modern technology and global partnerships to cushion the continent from the vagaries of climate change through reduction of harmful gases in the atmosphere. MTCC – Africa which is hosted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, is one… Continue reading →

Elected Student Leaders under New Dispensation Sworn in

Elected Student Leaders under New Dispensation Sworn in

The new Student Council and Congress of the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) have taken a solemn oath of office, June 16, 2017 under the University (Amendment) Act 2016. The students swore to uphold, defend and protect the rights of the University students as stipulated in the JKUSA Constitution. The newly elected Chairman, Asman Omondi, assured the University Management that he will lead his comrades without fear or favor and with the utmost transparency. He urged his fellow leaders to take this opportunity and make a difference in students’ affairs. “I hope the University… Continue reading →

JKUAT Alumni Continue to Impact the World

JKUAT Alumni Continue to Impact the World

Prof. Calestous Juma, JKUAT Alumnus and a scientist at Harvard University in the United States, has been named among the most reputable people in the world. He becomes the only Kenyan to be listed in the inaugural list of “2017 Most Reputable People on Earth.” He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree of JKUAT in June 2012, the only degree awarded to him by a Kenyan University. Prof. Juma follows in the foot-steps of yet another alumnus and former Chancellor of JKUAT, the late Prof. Ali Al’Amin Mazrui who in 2005, was ranked… Continue reading →

Kebati and Awour Land the Prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship

Kebati and Awour Land the Prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship

Calvin Kebati, Deputy Director, JKUAT Industrial and Technology Park and Sheila Awour, a fourth year student of Food Science and Technology will jet out of the country, June 15, for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. They are among the 1000 participants drawn from a pool of 64,000 applicants in 49 Sub-Saharan countries who will take part in a six-week Academic and Leadership programme in the fields of Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management. Sheila Awour At the age of 22 years, Awour is set to arguably become the youngest… Continue reading →

JKUAT Hosts NCIP Capacity Building Validation Workshop

JKUAT Hosts NCIP Capacity Building Validation Workshop

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held a two-day Northern Corridor Integrated Projects (NCIP) Human Resource Capacity Building (HRCB) strategy validation workshop that attracted over 60 participants from the government, industry and academia, drawn from Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya, June 8-9, 2017. In 2015, JKUAT was designated as one of the Centres of Excellence in ICT Human Resource Capacity Building in the region for Northern Corridor Integration Project as well as the lead in a consortium of four universities namely; Makerere University, University of Rwanda, University of Juba and JKUAT. The consortium… Continue reading →

IT Department Marks 2nd Junior Architecture Excellence Challenge

IT Department Marks 2nd Junior Architecture Excellence Challenge

The Junior Architecture Excellence Challenge that is aimed at developing young talent as future transformation practitioners in the IT industry marked its second edition of the awards, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The challenge saw IT students compete for top honours in four categories. The awards, borne out of a collaborative initiative that brings together JKUAT, Pearl Touch International (PTI) Consulting and Archangel Interactive Agency, provides a vibrant platform for students to share industry knowledge, geared towards channeling them to become world class professionals in the ever dynamic ICT industry. The Excellence Challenge attracted 62 contestants… Continue reading →

SOFTAN Hosts Inaugural Dinner

SOFTAN Hosts Inaugural Dinner

The Department of Food Science and Technology, through the Society of Food Technologists and Nutritionists (SOFTAN) held its inaugural dinner for its  outgoing fourth year students, June 2, 2017. The dinner themed: “Networking for Successful Careers in the Food and Nutrition Industry,” saw over 40 students from the Department of Food Science and Technology interact with their lecturers and leading food and nutrition industry players. Speaking during the dinner, Chief Guest, Gladys Mugambi, Head, Nutrition and Dietetics in the Ministry of Health, said such a forum will aid tackle the conundrum of shortage of job… Continue reading →