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 →

Curtains Come Down on Prof. Kahangi’s Reign at RPE

Curtains Come Down on Prof. Kahangi’s Reign at RPE

Prof. Esther Murugi Kahangi who has for the past ten years served the University as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Research, Production and Extension Division (RPE), has finally called it a day! Kahangi – who has served for a maximum of two terms – made the announcement of her exit at the helm of RPE Division during the exit seminar she hosted at the University, Wednesday, April 12. During the seminar, titled: Ten-year Tenure as Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production, and Extension (2007-2017), Prof. Kahangi gave a kaleidoscopic panorama of the RPE Division;… Continue reading →

Legume Centre of Excellence for Food and Nutrition Security Launched

Legume Centre of Excellence for Food and Nutrition Security Launched

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology is poised to tip the scales in food and nutrition security research ecosystem across the region following the launch of the Legume Centre of Excellence for Food and Nutrition Security (LCEFoNS) – a twelve-year inter-departmental /disciplinary research synergy focusing on beans, cowpeas and green grams. While officially launching the Centre, domiciled in the Faculty of Agriculture, Tuesday, April, 11, Belgium Ambassador to Kenya, Ms. Roxane de Bilderling, lauded the initiative which she said, “was about partnerships aimed at improving the conditions of livelihoods and standards of living for… Continue reading →

Up-Scaling Rainwater Harvesting and Management

Up-Scaling Rainwater Harvesting and Management

Recent studies indicate that nearly a third of people in Sub-Saharan Africa are living in areas with extremely scarce water causing food security and nutrition levels to sharply deteriorate over the years. To tackle this, the academia, private sector and the government, April 11, 2017, joined forces and initiated a rainwater harvesting and management campaign dubbed ‘the ‘Billion Dollar Business Alliance’ a vehicle created to increase per-capita storage of water from less than 100 cubic meters to a potential 7400 cubic meter by the year 2030. Studies by ICRAF and UNEP show that the rainwater… Continue reading →

Varsity Council Lauds Keiyian Group Ranch’s Foresight

Varsity Council Lauds Keiyian Group Ranch’s Foresight

The Council of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has lauded the members of the Keiyian Group Ranch in Transmara for their foresight that led to the donation of 100 acres of land to the University, leading to the establishment of the Keiyian academic centre in Transmara. The Centre which is operational, currently boasts of 44 students enrolled in certificate and diploma courses, was established in 2010 with the admission of three students. Addressing staff, students, and the local residents at the centre during a colourful ceremony organized by the members of the group… Continue reading →

Brexit Will not hurt Kenya-UK Scientific Relations

Brexit Will not hurt Kenya-UK Scientific Relations

The move by Britain to leave the European Union will not hurt scientific cooperation between United Kingdom and Kenya, a British Official said, adding that the UK will remain a major player in global research and scientific cooperation. John Hamilton who heads the UK’s Prosperity Agenda at the British High Commission in Nairobi, said Britain and Kenya share a rich history of relations in science, technology and innovation. Hamilton said the UK had committed KSh. 500 billion to spur research and innovation activities globally through initiatives such as Newton-Utafiti Fund, launched in Kenya in July 2016…. Continue reading →

School of Nursing and Mathematical Sciences Get New Deans

School of Nursing and Mathematical Sciences Get New Deans

Dr. Drusilla Makworo and Dr. George Orwa have been named the Deans Schools of Nursing and that of Mathematical Sciences respectively. The two who went unopposed will serve the respective schools for a period of two years each beginning March 2017. Before her appointment, Dr. Makworo served as the Chairperson of Community Health Nursing Department while her counterpart, Dr. Orwa, was the acting Director of the Directorate of Academic Quality Assurance. The Registrar Academic Affairs, Dr. Esther Muoria, who was the returning officer, congratulated both Dr. Makworo and Dr. Orwa for their new engagements and… Continue reading →

Hope for Coconut Industry as NACOSTI Launches Research Chair

Hope for Coconut Industry as NACOSTI Launches Research Chair

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has won a competitive bid to spearhead an ambitious innovation and technology transfer initiative aimed at fostering agro-processing in the coconut industry. As a Research Chair on Technology and Manufacturing, JKUAT is expected to design and develop tools and machines for production and commercialization of coconut. The coconut is a widely distributed crop along the Kenyan coastline, yet little research has gone into its value-chain; denying the country substantial economic returns such as job creation and export earnings. Over ten by-products of immense economic value can be generated… Continue reading →

Calls for innovation as JKUAT staffer gets Motorized Wheelchair

Calls for innovation as JKUAT staffer gets Motorized Wheelchair

Fred Odawo will forever remember the events of Tuesday, March 21, 2017. That day, at around 3:30 pm, he gleefully swapped his manual wheelchair for a motorized one. For nearly three decades, the administrator at JKUAT’s College of Health Sciences (COHES), relied on friends to push him around; into office, washrooms and eateries. The motorized wheelchair was therefore a literal game changer for Fred. He was gaining autonomy; getting back his dignity.  And he did this in full presence of his colleagues at the COHES, led by the Principal, Prof. Haroun Mengech. “I have had… Continue reading →