Create Jobs to Reverse Rising Unemployment

Create Jobs to Reverse Rising Unemployment

The burden of unemployment that is currently facing the country was one of the concerns raised by the guest speakers during this year’s JKUAT Career Fair, with statistics indicating that unemployment in Kenya has been on the rise with 61% of employable Kenyan unable to find jobs. Chief Guest, Mr. Linus Kaikai, Managing Editor and General Manager for Television, Nation Media Group, while addressing students at JKUAT Main Campus, Juja, Tuesday, September 27, said, the economy, growing at the rate of 5.8%,  has not produced opportunities to match the number of graduates being released into… Continue reading →

China hands over a Kshs 3 Billion Research Centre to JKUAT

China hands over a Kshs 3 Billion Research Centre to JKUAT

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Liu Xianfa has hailed the existing bilateral relationship between his country and Kenya stressing that there was a lot to benefit from the collaboration. Addressing a well-attended handing over ceremony of the Kshs 3 Billion JKUAT Botanical Garden and Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC), a project supported by his government on September 26, 2016, Dr. Xianfa lauded JKUAT’s research prowess which he said had distinct it from most institutions in the region. The initiative, the Ambassador noted, was the first, unique and most compressive research project ever supported by the… Continue reading →

Varsity Clinches Best University Trophy at Nyeri Show

Varsity Clinches Best University Trophy at Nyeri Show

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has once again lived to its leadership mantra of “Setting Trends in Training, Research and Innovation” by clinching the six (6) top honours in six trade classes including the coveted “Best University Trophy” at the just concluded Central Kenya National Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Show. JKUAT beat other exhibitors to be declared: “The Best University Stand” during the Show, which opened its doors to the public Wednesday, September 14, at Kabiruini grounds, Nyeri County. The University also won: “The Best Engineering Based Institution of Higher Learning,”… Continue reading →

Varsity Marks the 7th Open Day

Varsity Marks the 7th Open Day

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held its 7th Annual Open Day, Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  The epitome of this annual event was to showcase the various innovations at JKUAT. The Open Day themed ‘Agriculture, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development and Food Security’ was opened by the Women Representative, Kiambu County, Ms. Annah Nyokabi Gathecha who lauded JKUAT for its research and innovation prowess evident by the assembling of the Taifa laptop, mechanisation of agricultural product among other research initiatives. “With innovations like the ones being showcased here today will not only empower… Continue reading →

KEPHIS Releases Indigenous Vegetables for Commercialization

KEPHIS Releases Indigenous Vegetables for Commercialization

Consumers and producers of African indigenous vegetables, commonly known as mboga za kienyeji, have a reason to smile following release of nine varieties by the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) in July 2016. It is the first time the agricultural inputs and produce quality regulator is releasing pure seeds of indigenous vegetables to the Kenyan market. The licenced vegetables are Night shade (Managu), Vine spinach (Nderma), Jute mallow (mrenda), and Spider plant (Sagaa). Speaking on the release, Prof. Mary Abukutsa who has been licenced to commercialize the vegetable varieties said it was a huge… Continue reading →

Nairobi and Environs Staring at More Water Stress

Nairobi and Environs Staring at More Water Stress

Nearly all urban centres in Kenya including Nairobi, have a water shortage. But the water supplies to Kenya’s towns and households could be further strained due to sedimentation of water sources such as dams and reservoirs. Nairobi in particular, is predicted to suffer this predicament, a new study has revealed. The study conducted at Ruiru dam indicates that the dam’s volume has reduced by 10% to 2,564,590 cubic metres, most of this loss happening over the last 20 years. This revelation comes in the wake of continued water stress in urban dwellings with only 40%… Continue reading →

Kenyans Turn to Cricket for Food & Nutrition Security

Kenyans Turn to Cricket for Food & Nutrition Security

A new research project at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology aims to upscale crickets farming in Kenya to foster food and nutrition security. The mass production of the insects that are commonly available is also primed to produce animal feeds. The cricket farm at JKUAT will equally serve as a centre for resource and training for farmers and investors as well as enlightening Kenyans who are not aware about the value of edible insects as resource that is available around us. Dr. John Kinyuru, a Lecturer in Food Science Department, Faculty of Agriculture,… Continue reading →

Fostering Sustainable Development by Delivering Housing

Fostering Sustainable Development by Delivering Housing

The persistence of poverty, growing inequalities and environmental degradation are major obstacles to achieving sustainable housing worldwide. This was the narrative during the Sustainable Futures Conference 2016 co-hosted by JKUAT, Augsburg University of Applied Science, Germany and UN Habitat at the UN Headquarters Nairobi, August 31, 2016. The conference brought together over 70 delegates from academia, industry and government to discuss pertinent issues in built environment and come up come up with action plans for joint development of courses for energy efficient and sustainable housing in the region. Over the years, energy has become the… Continue reading →

Hope in Tapping Underground Water in Makueni

Hope in Tapping Underground Water in Makueni

Residents of the County of Makueni have a reason to smile following promising results of a study fronted by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) that has revealed existence of sufficient reservoir of underground water that could be tapped to alleviate the acute water shortage in the County. The study spearheaded by lead researcher, Stanley Kibe Nganga of JKUAT Department Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering and titled Groundwater mapping, quality Assessment and Hydrogeophysical  modelling   in Makueni County, Eastern Kenya set to map out underground water potential zones, a project  hoped to locate correct… Continue reading →

Make Integrity, Your Face: Imbuga Urges New Students

Make Integrity, Your Face: Imbuga Urges New Students

Newly admitted first year students at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology have been urged to “Uphold high standards of integrity and avoid examination related infractions such as cheating.” Addressing the fresh men and women who reported at JKUAT to begin their academic journey, Thursday, August 25, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Imbuga urged them to “make integrity, their face, maintain high moral standards and desist from enticing excesses of life such as irresponsible drinking, drug abuse and sexual immorality,” vices that she noted, “were detrimental to their career aspirations.” She reminded them that success… Continue reading →