High Cost of Healthcare Pushing Kenyans to Poverty

High Cost of Healthcare Pushing Kenyans to Poverty

Health Cabinet Secretary, Cecily Kariuki has said, prohibitive cost of accessing quality health care services in the country has driven about one million Kenyans to live below the poverty line annually, with many more left on the brink of financial ruin. The Cabinet Secretary further said, “The consequences of ill-health are deterrent to the optimal growth and development of our children; the well-being of our expectant women and survival of those with chronic diseases and the elderly, thus impacting negatively on the productivity of our nation.” The Cabinet Secretary was speaking during the official opening… Continue reading →

Experts Urged to Explore Strategies that Impact Sustainable Development

Experts Urged to Explore Strategies that Impact Sustainable Development

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) through the Research, Production and Extension Division, organized a workshop on Agricultural Innovation and Extension to explore strategies and policies that are aimed at strengthening and improving agricultural productivity for sustainable rural development in Kenya. The workshop, held, Wednesday, August 8, 2019 at the Sino-Africa Joint Research Center, was driven by the need to assess and strategize on the current needs of agricultural communities, take stock of various innovations, formulate and improve new approaches to engage relevant stakeholders in rolling out agricultural innovations for impact. Further, the… Continue reading →

JICA to Continue Supporting JKUAT Research Activities

JICA to Continue Supporting JKUAT Research Activities

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will extend additional support to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in order to strengthen its research and innovation capacity. Speaking during a courtesy call to the University’s Vice Chancellor, the new JICA Chief Representative in Kenya, Mr. Katsutoshi Komori added that JKUAT had emerged as an important institution in promoting close collaborations between Kenya and Japan, especially in the higher education sector. The JICA representative noted that supporting JKUAT would enable it to effectively host the African Union fronted Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences,… Continue reading →

JKUAT-Israel Internship Beneficiaries Fly to Israel

JKUAT-Israel Internship Beneficiaries Fly to Israel

Twenty-two students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) are part of a group of students from Kenya who are leaving the country to commence an internship programme in Israel. The Israel Internship Programme was started in 2014, when Agrostudies International Center for Agriculture approached JKUAT through the Israel Embassy in Kenya, under Mashav programme to provide an eleven (11) months internship to Agriculture students in Israel. This year, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Simon Chelugui and the Israel Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Noah Gal Gendler jointly flagged off the… Continue reading →

Varsity Hosts Occupational Safety and Health Workshop

Varsity Hosts Occupational Safety and Health Workshop

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in collaboration with OSHPRO company conducted an Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Workshop to deliberate on appropriate risk management measures that will contribute towards strategies and policies to enforce workplace safety. The workshop which was hosted by JKUAT on July 30, 2019, attracted OSH practitioners and physicians, researchers, regulators, County OSH Officers, students among other stakeholders. Salma Bashir, a postgraduate student from the University of Southern California, USA,  who presented on Workplace Terrorism,  said workplaces are vulnerable to terror attacks due to large groups of people found in… Continue reading →

Big Data Poised to Revolutionise Healthcare Industry

Big Data Poised to Revolutionise Healthcare Industry

Big data, effective data analytics and visualisation has the potential to revolutionise the healthcare industry by identifying the most effective treatment for diseases, evaluating efficiency of digital records and matching treatment to a patient’s specific biology. This is according to Dean, School of Medicine, Dr. Reuben Thuo who was speaking during the opening ceremony of a week-long training on Data Analytics and Visualisation for County Health officials. The training organised by JKUAT in collaboration with the County Measurements, Learning and Accountability Program dubbed; CMLAP II, brought together 38 health practitioners from Samburu, Kiambu, Baringo, Nakuru… Continue reading →

Nyaboke Bags GOLab’s Ambassadorship in Italy

Nyaboke Bags GOLab’s Ambassadorship in Italy

Delphine Nyaboke, a fourth year student pursuing Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, has bagged the Italy based GOlab Ambassador for Inclusion 2019 edition. Nyaboke is set to travel to Italy on October19-23, 2019, to share her life journey having endured a difficult time while growing up in Kibera slums during her primary and secondary education.  She will have the chance to speak at a huge audience in Italy. Her nomination to be the Inclusion Ambassador, gives her an opportunity to present motivational talks based… Continue reading →

Building Capacity for Cybersecurity Professionals

Building Capacity for Cybersecurity Professionals

If you are finding jobs elusive these days, you must not be in Cybersecurity. According to recent estimates by the Forbes Technology Council, there will be a shortage of as many as 3.5 million cyber security professionals globally by the year 2021. In Kenya, it is estimated that despite the formation of the Communications Authority of Kenya’s National Computer Incident Response Team in 2012, and the Development of a National cyber security Strategy in 2014, Kenya continues to lose an estimated Ksh 2 billion, yearly through cybercrime. Cybersecurity experts from CyberSpeakLC urged JKUAT students to step up… Continue reading →

JKUAT Student Becomes Thought For Food Ambassador

JKUAT Student Becomes Thought For Food Ambassador

JKUAT’s Bachelor of Science in Horticulture finalist student, Leah Wambui Njau, is among the 400 Thought For Food (TFF) Ambassadors selected globally to serve for a period of one year ending May 31, 2020. She is joined by two other Kenyans; Bernadette Ogeto and Prisca Onyango. The Thought for Food Foundation is the world’s next generation innovation engine for food and agriculture. The TFF ambassador programme is an initiative of the Foundation, which works towards finding new solutions to global food and agriculture challenges. The programme is geared towards engaging and empowering the next generation… Continue reading →

AIVs Have Potential to Alleviate Malnutrition and Poverty in Africa

AIVs Have Potential to Alleviate Malnutrition and Poverty in Africa

Concerted efforts from stakeholders will be instrumental in the commercialization Africa of Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) and the sensitization of communities about the AIVs. This will be essential in ensuring the potential of AIVs in terms of income generation and high nutritional benefits are fully realized. This was reported during a two-day conference dubbed: ‘African Indigenous Vegetables: from Income Generation to Health and Nutrition,’ centered on sharing experiences, scientific studies and lessons over a 5 -year period. The conference linked AIVs to nutrition and in support of small holder farmers as well as emerging entrepreneurs, July,… Continue reading →