Meru Embrace Vermiculture to Propel Organic Farming

Meru Embrace Vermiculture to Propel Organic Farming

Meru County government has decided to empower her small scale farmers with a venture that many find odd. The county has decided to venture into vermiculture; the rearing of worms in order to use them to convert organic waste into fertilizer, commonly known as vermicompost and vermifluid (worm juice). Meru County has purchased 1000kg of vermicompost at a price of Ksh. 2500 per kilogram in a bid to catalyse the adoption of organic farming in the county. Before the purchase, the county contacted JKUAT Institute of Biotechnology Research (IBR) for capacity building. IBR trained over… Continue reading →

Ethics is Vital for Research and its Output

Ethics is Vital for Research and its Output

In our day to day life, we face an array of holdups especially when we are expected to make certain ethical decisions. Scientists and researchers are not an exception. Although sometimes it is difficult to classify the difference between ethics and morality, Prof. Anne Muigai, a Professor of Genetics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, said it is paramount for researchers to uphold ethics and morals in the course of their work. She revealed this during her public lecture presentation, titled; “Through the eyes of a Geneticist: My Journey as an Academic and… Continue reading →

JKUAT Marks Inaugural Interdepartmental Staff Sports Day

JKUAT Marks Inaugural Interdepartmental Staff Sports Day

We’ve all heard the old adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” As an adult, it can be hard to find balance in a life that demands both work and rest. To bring this balance, the Sports and Games Department hosted the inaugural JKUAT Inter-departmental Staff Sports Day, October 11, 2019. Apart from keeping the staff members physically fit and mentally healthy, the one day event strived at creating a bonding platform for members of staff to enhance open communication between employees, improve productivity as well as boost morale. Vice Chancellor,… Continue reading →

Murang’a County Assembly Partners with JKUAT for Capacity Building

Murang’a County Assembly Partners with JKUAT for Capacity Building

Murang’a County Assembly has entered a five year collaborative partnership with JKUAT in a bid to enhance capacity building in agriculture with a bias in agricultural mechanisation and value addition. Speaking during the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony, the Speaker of the County Assembly, Mr. Nduati Kariuki said Murang’a County was a rich agricultural county and the collaboration with JKUAT would empower the county to maximize on her agricultural potential. “Through this collaboration, it is my hope that we can be able to come up with simple agricultural innovations to trigger and elevate the agricultural… Continue reading →

JKUAT Student Set for National Duathlon Trials

JKUAT Student Set for National Duathlon Trials

JKUAT second year student pursuing Bachelor of Science in Project Management is set for the National Duathlon trials in Watamu as focus shifts on 2020 International Triathlon Union World Multisport Championship in Almere, Netherlands. Manuel Ochieng, who also participates in Triathlon, has decided to focus on duathlon that involves both cycling and running. The selection of the Kenya Team for the 2020 ITU World Multisport Championships will be held in Watamu on the weekend of October 20 2019. “I shifted my focus to Duathlon last year, which is quickly growing and has attracted a lot… Continue reading →

African Union Honours JKUAT Chancellor with Excellence Award

African Union Honours JKUAT Chancellor with Excellence Award

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Mathu Ndung’u has become the latest beneficiary of the African Union’s prestigious Excellence Award, 2019. Prof. Ndung’u who is the Head of Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Geneva-based Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), was “selected by a committee based on his achievement and contribution to research and control of T & T in recognition for spearheading the Development of New Diagnostics Tools for Neglected Tropical Diseases.” The award ceremony took place on September 27, 2019, during the commemoration of the 70 Years of… Continue reading →

Amaranths Vegetable Stakeholders Root for Impactful Approaches to Enhance its Uptake

Amaranths Vegetable Stakeholders Root for Impactful Approaches to Enhance its Uptake

Vegetable Amaranths researchers, donors and other stakeholders are calling for more engaging, interactive and impactful approaches aimed at increasing the consumption of Indigenous African Vegetables (AIVs), particularly vegetable Amaranths, reiterating its inherent high nutrition value that include richness in Vitamins A and C as well as minerals such as iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and phosphorus among others. The stakeholders revealed  during a two-day workshop to share the progress on the Amazing Amaranth research project, organized by the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the World Vegetable Centre, jointly implementing the Amazing Amaranth for Nutrition… Continue reading →

JKUAT Bags the Best University Honor at International Trade Fair

JKUAT Bags the Best University Honor at International Trade Fair

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology was declared the University with the Best Stand during the 2019 Nairobi International Trade Fair (NITF) beating her compatriots, the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University, among other universities. With stiff competition from multinationals, public and private institutions, among them, higher learning and research organizations, the honour of clinching the Best University Stand was complemented by bagging another first, the Best Innovation and Invention Stand. The quadranscentennial institution also emerged 2nd in the Stand that Best Interprets Current Show Theme in the Education and/or Research category and in… Continue reading →

JKUAT, KAPS Collaborate to Enhance Industry-Academia Linkage

JKUAT, KAPS Collaborate to Enhance Industry-Academia Linkage

Technology transfer from both research and academia institutions is important for the commercial application of research. However, due to poor linkages with industry, very few research outputs developed by academia are transferred to industry for commercialisation. To address this challenge and enhance commercialisation of innovations being churned out by academia, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Kenya Airports Parking Services (KAPS) have signed a five year collaboration agreement. The agreement will see the two establishments pursue joint research and development, and collaborate in Intellectual Property (IP) asset management thus addressing the… Continue reading →

SATREPS Implementing Team Visits JKUAT

SATREPS Implementing Team Visits JKUAT

The Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS) implementing team led by Prof. Yasuhiro Fujimitsu of Kyushu University and JICA Senior Director, Energy, Dr. Kobayakawa Toru, paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, September 24, 2019. SATREPS is a Japanese government programme that promotes international joint research targeting global issues spearheaded by Japan Science and Technology Agency and JICA. The projects under the programme are expected to lead to outcomes with the potential for practical utilization and enhance research capacity in host countries. JKUAT, KenGen, Kyushu University (Japan),… Continue reading →