JKUAT MDF: Promoting Academia-Industry Linkages

JKUAT MDF: Promoting Academia-Industry Linkages

The School of Communication and Development Studies (SCDS) in her endeavour to promote linkages with the industry hosted a two-day Multimedia and Development Fest (JKUAT MDF), May 24-25, 2017. The Chief Guest, Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) Deputy President, Dr. Wilfred Marube lauded the University for hosting such a multifaceted event acknowledging that in the era of globalization academia-industry collaborations have become significant to generate industry relevant knowledge. The annual event themed ‘Refocusing communication for desired change’ saw students from JKUAT, Mt. Kenya University, Zetech University and Pan Africa Christian University share and exhibit… Continue reading →

College Hall Meeting for USAID Funded Health Project

College Hall Meeting for USAID Funded Health Project

Following the launch of the Health Informatics Governance and Data Analytics (HIGDA) Project, earlier this year, participants from implementing institutions converged for the first College Hall meeting at JKUAT, Wednesday May 10, 2017. During the event, the students were introduced to the project’s scope; especially those related to curriculum review and the development of innovations to assist in digitization and sharing of health related data. Addressing the participants, Head of e-Health programme at the Ministry of Health (MoH), Onesmus Kamau said effective planning and decision making in Kenya’s health sector had been hampered by low… Continue reading →

Road to Expedite Modernization of Agriculture Laboratory Bldg

Road to Expedite Modernization of Agriculture Laboratory Bldg

Plans to extend and renovate the Agricultural Laboratory Building (ALB) got a shot in the arm following completion of access road to the facility. ALB which houses laboratories and offices is to be modernized through a joint initiative between JICA under the auspices of the AFRICA–ai-JAPAN Project and JKUAT. The move to modernize the building is aimed at responding to emerging training, research and technology transfer needs of Kenya and Africa at large. Food production in the horn of Africa has been hampered by among other things, erratic weather, diseases, and non-data-driven agricultural practices. In… Continue reading →

Chancellor Happy with Doctorate Thesis Presentations

Chancellor Happy with Doctorate Thesis Presentations

JKUAT Chancellor Prof. Geoffrey Ole Maloiy has hailed the high quality of doctorate thesis presentations by candidates at the University’s Kisii CBD Campus, which took place, Friday, May 5, 2017, and advised them to ensure they publish their research findings in internationally recognized high impact journals. While many researchers come up with good findings, most of it is never published in reputed journals, considering that the quality of work is always determined by the journals in which it is published, Prof. Maloiy said. He urged Kenyans not to stop their studies at doctorate levels but… Continue reading →

8Th Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference

8Th Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference

The eighth edition of the JKUAT annual Sustainable Research and Innovation (SRI) Conference got underway on Wednesday May 3, 2017. The three-day event that has attracted participation from Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, Egypt, South Korea, Japan, The Netherlands and Germany; will see established and budding scientists share and exchange ideas on a wide array of engineering areas. Speaking during the opening ceremony of the event, the Country Manager, SC Johnson, Anthony Mulinge impressed upon the participants to pioneer multidisciplinary research in crucial domains such as renewable energy and industrial automation. Mr. Mulinge said, it was… Continue reading →

Insect Pests’ Resistance to Bt Crops: Its Implication on FAW Management

Insect Pests’ Resistance to Bt Crops: Its Implication on FAW Management

The use of single-gene Bt plants is one of the factors contributing to the rapid development of Bt resistance in the invasive fall armyworm(FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), a new pest species which has the potential to devastate maize production in Kenya with implications on food security. This was revealed by Prof. Fangneng Huang, an entomologist from Louisiana State University, USA, in a presentation on the threats of insect resistance to Bt crops and the subsequent Integrated Resistance Management (IRM) strategies, during a seminar organized by the Department of Horticulture to highlight long-term strategies in… Continue reading →

JKUAT, MoH to Implement EU-Funded Food Fortification Programme

JKUAT, MoH to Implement EU-Funded Food Fortification Programme

The European Union has announced €3.2 Million (KES 350 Million) support to complement an integrated approach to improve the health and nutritional status of the poor and vulnerable groups in Kenya through fortification of common staple foods. The 6-year “Strengthening the Kenya National Food Fortification Programme,” will be implemented by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and other partners to address gaps in food fortification in Kenya. Besides most fortified flours being beyond the reach of the poor and vulnerable households, packaged flour is not… Continue reading →

Three benefit from MENEMU Scholarship Fund

Three benefit from MENEMU Scholarship Fund

Three gifted but needy students from the School of Nursing have gotten a reprieve in their studies following a full year tuition payment by MENEMU Scholarship Fund. The students will also be eligible to apply for further sponsorship by the Fund in subsequent academic years. Speaking during the award of the scholarships Wednesday April 26, 2017 the Fund’s founder, Dr. Dr. Jonas Nguh said the initiative aims to give a hand to the society’s economically deprived who have shown exemplary academic potential. Dr. Nguh who is a global health scholar and practitioner and don at… Continue reading →

Researchers Develop Hybrid Dryer to Boost Food Security

Researchers Develop Hybrid Dryer to Boost Food Security

Insufficient drying and inadequate storage remains a major obstacle to food security in the country. To tackle this, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology researchers led by Prof. Christopher Kanali, have developed a multi-purpose solar-biomass hybrid dryer for rural communities in the country under the Renewable Energy for Food Processing project. The dryer, used for thin layer drying of agricultural produce such as bananas, cassava, sweet potatoes, traditional vegetables and cereal grains, reduces post-harvest losses and optimises food processing. The research team dubbed, RE4Food team commissioned the first dryer in Khwisero, Kakamega County, April… Continue reading →

CS Lauds JKUAT for Hosting Maritime Centre for Africa

CS Lauds JKUAT for Hosting Maritime Centre for Africa

Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has congratulated JKUAT on winning the competitive bid to host the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Africa region. The Centre which is funded by the European Union is part of global efforts by the International Maritime organization (IMO) to mitigate harmful effects of climate change. Dr. Macharia said the feat could not have come at a more opportune time as Kenya had embarked on a blue economy development programme as witnessed from massive infrastructural investments along the country’s coastline. The activities of the Centre, he added, would greatly… Continue reading →