AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project Bids Farewell to Two Members

AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project Bids Farewell to Two Members

Tributes rented the air as various speakers passed messages of goodwill to two JICA experts attached to the AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project whose service tenure had come to an end. Prof. Shinjiro Shiomi and Ms. Oda Sachiko will be remembered for their dedicated service to the project that has, since inception in 2014, transformed the research environment in JKUAT/Pan African University. Prof. Shiomi served the Project as an expert in the area of agriculture and bio resources since 2014; while Ms. Oda was the Project Coordinator for two years. Speaking during the farewell ceremony on Thursday May… Continue reading →

Don calls for new approaches to food production

Don calls for new approaches to food production

Climate change prediction models have indicated that food production in the future will be a challenge due to increased temperature and fluctuating rainfall patterns. According to Dr. Jake Bishop, a researcher from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, 75% of staple crops globally, rely on insect pollinators which he warned were being phased out by climate change. The Don from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development was speaking at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where he delivered a keynote address based on the findings of his research to postgraduate students and staff… Continue reading →

JKUAT Alumnus Bags the Cisco Global Innovation Challenge

JKUAT Alumnus Bags the Cisco Global Innovation Challenge

A Business Information Technology (BBIT) alumnus from JKUAT has become the First runner up of the Third Annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, winning Kshs. 7.5 Million (US$ 75,000) according to the Cisco Innovation Challenge website, May 20, 2019. Dysmus Kisilu who is the founder of Solar Freeze, an initiative for smallholder farmers to effectively deal with postharvest loss through a holistic approach from storage to transportation and selling produce by using renewable energy faced stiff competition from formidable candidates. The challenge is geared towards recognizing new business ideas that leverage technology for social impact… Continue reading →

Varsity Stages Intellectual Property Awareness Workshop

Varsity Stages Intellectual Property Awareness Workshop

Over 30 members of staff drawn from different academic disciplines within the University have concluded a seminar on patent, scientific and technological information search. The training that was conducted by consultants from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was part of JKUAT efforts to raise intellectual property (IP) awareness among students and staff. While giving a presentation on patent utilization within university system, Jerry Omulo said universities should be at the forefront of translating knowledge into useful products and technologies that create wealth while solving societal problems. Omulo urged researchers to maintain a register of… Continue reading →

JKUAT and FKF Holds Inaugural Refereeing Training

JKUAT and FKF Holds Inaugural Refereeing Training

JKUAT Sports Department and Kenya Football Federation (FKF) have jointly organized a five-day soccer refereeing training seminar that will run between May 27–31, 2019, to offer basic training skills to students, staff and community youths who are desirous to develop and horn their football referring skills. The participants are set to be trained on various theoretical and practical techniques of soccer refereeing such as running, positioning, whistling, signals, flag techniques and physical fitness among others. According to JKUAT Sports and Games Director, Dr. Waweru Kamaku, the training, a first of its kind at the University,… Continue reading →

University Managers Sensitized on Security

University Managers Sensitized on Security

The National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU), a Department under the Inspector General of Police Service has advised institutions to be vigilant and embed security awareness at all levels of the organisation. While Kenya’s security personnel are doing everything possible to enforce the much needed security in a bid to avert dangers caused by cases of heinous attacks, institutions such as JKUAT through mitigation and preparedness paradigm need to play their part in intercepting criminal activities at preliminary phases thus making JKUAT and Kenya at large, secure. Addressing JKUAT’s Council and top management during a sensitization… Continue reading →

How Much Do you Know About Food Digestion?

How Much Do you Know About Food Digestion?

A nutritional biochemist from the United Kingdom has said the digestion of food nutrients, simple as they may sound, is a complex science best appreciated through different disciplines such as Food Science, Nutritional Sciences, Gastroenterology and Immunology, among others. Dr Myriam Grundy, from the Institute of Food Nutrition and Health, University of Reading, made the observation when she delivered a presentation on The Structural organization on plant based food, to postgraduate students and staff of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences on May 23, 2019, at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)…. Continue reading →

Experts crack the coconut value chain woes to boost productivity

Experts crack the coconut value chain woes to boost productivity

Farmers and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the coconut value chains at the Kenyan Coast have attributed lack of business skills, markets, value addition technologies; poor quality products and stiff competition from established processors and exploitation by Tanzanian brokers as major obstacles to the full exploitation of the coconut crop through value addition. The farmers and coconut product processors from Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa counties made the revelations during a three-day capacity building training organized by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology researchers – currently implementing the 5-year Manufacturing Research Chair programme… Continue reading →

Chief Justice Maraga Urges Students to Shun Drugs Abuse

Chief Justice Maraga Urges  Students to Shun Drugs Abuse

The Chief Justice of Kenya, David Maraga has advised university students against drug and substance abuse, which he warned, could easily compromise their academic and social development. Maraga decried that despite the existence of legislations aimed at curbing drug trafficking in the country, the menace was growing in intensity; consuming young people and destroying families, especially youth of between 25 and 35 years who are in their prime and could be relied upon to secure the country’s socio-economic prosperity. The Chief Justice who was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Yucabeth Nyaboke Maraga, was speaking at… Continue reading →

Microsoft on a Mission to Start Regional Center in Africa

Microsoft on a Mission to Start Regional Center in Africa

Microsoft is seeking partners in the establishment of their first regional development center in Africa and the 7th of its kind globally. According to Microsoft Vice President in-charge of Office 365, Engineer Perry Clarke, who led a delegation of Microsoft officials to JKUAT, May 13, the software giant plans to spend more than $100 million over five years for the project in collaboration with local partners and government. While interacting with students, Eng. Clarke reported that initial cites for the development center will be in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria. They plan to hire 100… Continue reading →