Universities in Africa have been urged to step up agricultural research and disseminate relevant new technologies to farmers around the continent in order to boost food productivity.
Delivering a presentation on the importance of Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), Mr. Martin Bwalya, CEO CAADP, stressed that agriculture is the most feasible and viable way of creating wealth in Africa.
“Adoption of sound agricultural practices is a proven method of poverty alleviation, and wealth creation”, said Mr. Bwalya.
Mr. Bwalya who was addressing JKUAT staff and students also challenged African leaders to implement institutional frameworks responsive to the agricultural needs of the continent.
‘’Agriculture goes beyond the farmer and entails institutional policies, trade regimes, and infrastructural developments including modern ICT”, reiterated Bwalya.
Speaking at the same function, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga reported that JKUAT had set up a research fund and an innovations fund for continuous research by the varsity researchers in various agricultural thematic areas.
“These measures meet the CAADP critical pillars of increasing food supply and improving agricultural research, technology dissemination and adoption”, said the VC in a speech read on her behalf by Prof. Ngamau Kamau, Dean- Faculty of Agriculture.
Mr. Bwalya was in Kenya to harness awareness on the CAADP initiative where he singled out JKUAT for its strategic position in meeting the third pillar of the initiative on research and innovation.