Varsities can help Africa realize Sustainable Development Goals

Varsities can help Africa realize Sustainable Development Goals

Universities and other research institutions in Africa have been challenged to pioneer quality, reliable and affordable innovations that could be deployed to help the continent achieve Sustainable Development Goals (DSGs). The Director General of the Sustainable Development Goal Center for Africa (SDGCA), Dr. Belay Begashaw decried the fact that African counties were importing cheap and below par products from developed economies; a situation, he added, was impeding industrialization in the continent. Dr. Belay said sustainable innovations should meet three tenets namely: promote social inclusion, be environmentally friendly and have the potential to foster economic growth…. Continue reading →

Facilities to support African innovation handed over to JKUAT

Facilities to support African innovation handed over to JKUAT

The research and innovation capacity of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has received a major boost following the establishment of two modern research facilities by JICA, under the auspices of the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project. The buildings: innovation Prototyping and Invention Centre (iPIC) and the Small Animal Facility for Research and Innovation (SAFARI); are slated to stimulate research and innovation in a number  of scientific disciplines such as engineering, agriculture, biotechnology, and molecular biology. AFRICA ai-JAPAN Project is a tripartite agreement between Government of Japan, African Union Commission (AUC) and Government of Kenya, initiated in… Continue reading →

Workshop on Quality Research Proposal Writing Staged at JKUAT

Workshop on Quality Research Proposal Writing Staged at JKUAT

Over 40 participants converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for a three-day workshop which aimed at helping researchers in East Africa develop high quality research proposals.  The forum which was organized under the auspices of the East African Network of Learning of Administrators (EANLA), also aimed at streamlining working relationship between researchers and their respective university research fund managers. In a keynote presentation on research experience, JKUAT prolific researcher, Professor Daniel Sila informed the participants that: excellence, integrity and proven track record, were essential ingredients for proposal funding applicants. Professor Sila… Continue reading →

4,131 Crowned as JKUAT Marks 30th Graduation

4,131 Crowned as JKUAT Marks 30th Graduation

Kenya’s labour market got a shot in the arm following the graduation of 4,131 students who were conferred with various degrees and awarded diplomas during the 30th Graduation Ceremony of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The event staged Friday November 17, 2017, saw JKUAT Chancellor, Prof. Geoffrey Ole Maloiy confer a total of 55 doctorate degrees, 16 to female recipients. This was a major feat, considering that Kenyan universities produce under 200 PhDs combined, annually. Among the doctorate recipients was Hon. Pamela Awuor Odhiambo, Migori County Women Representative; crowned following her novel… Continue reading →

Female Graduands Debunk Stereotype

Female Graduands Debunk Stereotype

We live in a global society where women still face biases in society more so in the pursuit of careers in engineering. In Africa, for instance, there are just undesirably few women in engineering to write home about. I am willing to bet most people cannot even name a single female engineer. After all, to them engineering is a male-dominated field. As Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology marks her 30th graduation ceremony, November 17, 2017, two women have stood out of the pack. Betty King’ori and Monica Mwikali are graduating with first class… Continue reading →

Cricket Farming Training for Food and Feed

Cricket Farming Training for Food and Feed

Farmers from Kajiado, Nairobi, Kiambu, Nanyuki, Kirinyaga, Embu, Nyeri, Machakos, Kitui, Laikipia, Nyahururu, Juja and Kisii converged at JKUAT for a 3-day training on cricket farming and processing for food and feed, November 13, 2017. The training organised by the JKUAT Insect Farm (JIF) under the JKUAT Cricket Project seeks to equip farmers on how to set up a cricket farm and the day to day management of the farm. It also seeks to build the capacity of the farmers on the importance of cricket as a food and feed and explore on the opportunities… Continue reading →

JKUAT Council Marvel at Innovations as Tech Expo Winner is Unveiled

JKUAT Council Marvel at Innovations as Tech Expo Winner is Unveiled

Domestic Avocado Oil Extractor was announced the winner of the 8th edition of the JKUAT Tech Expo. The innovation exhibited by Betty King’ori and Susan Njeri aims at revolutionizing the avocado fruit farming industry by diversifying the capital a farmer can make from the sale of different avocado products especially avocado oil in order to empower themselves. Pascal Aloo and Maureen Nkatha with their innovation, Simatech Automated Vending Machine, emerged second in a field of 28 innovations. The Simatech Automated Vending Machine dubbed SAVE is an innovative liquid vending machine that leverages on mobile money… Continue reading →

Varsities’ Librarians Urged to Inspire Social Transformation

Varsities’ Librarians Urged to Inspire Social Transformation

Librarians in universities have been urged to use the critical position they occupy in the knowledge and information production and dissemination to help the country address challenges arising from lack of utilitarian information to stimulate social-economic transformation among the  youth in Kenya. Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo was speaking during the official opening of the 47th UN/World Bank/Universities Librarians’ two-day workshop at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Thursday, November 9. Representing the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga at the function, Prof. Odhiambo, told the university librarians drawn… Continue reading →

Varsity Marks the 8th Tech Expo

Varsity Marks the 8th Tech Expo

The success of an entrepreneur is pegged on finding solutions that put the needs of the user first and coming up with innovations that are marketable. This is according to the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Couture Africa Magazine, Ms. Olive Gachara, who was the chief guest during the Eighth Edition of the JKUAT Tech Expo that opened at the JKUAT Main Campus, Thursday, November 9, 2017. “Your products and innovations have to provide solutions that are relevant to the market needs. Always focus on what works for the customers,” advised Ms. Gachara. Ms. Gachara, the… Continue reading →

Machakos Women Welcome Skills Empowerment

Machakos Women Welcome Skills Empowerment

Sabina Munguti, a beneficiary of the In-Country Training, says she will forever be grateful for the 2006 JKUAT/JICA In-Country training on strengthening the capacity of grassroot women for wealth creation and social-economic development. Sabina, a resident of Machakos County, took the knowledge and went back to her community to spread the gospel of women economic empowerment. “I thank JKUAT and JICA for the training I received, which I have shared with the women of my community.” Sabina attests that she has trained over 3000 women within and outside Machakos County on income generating activities especially… Continue reading →