WARREC tours Ndakaini and Sasumua dams

WARREC tours Ndakaini and Sasumua dams

Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) conducted a two-day tour of the Ndakaini and Sasumua dams in the Upper Tana Catchment on July 24 and July 25, 2018 respectively. As part of its mandate, through a sub-award contract agreement with the Nature Conservancy (TNC) signed in April 2017, WARREC is implementing a project themed the Upper Tana Nairobi (UTNWAF)-JKUAT component project with the objective of carrying out biophysical data analysis as part of research inputs, knowledge management and the institutional capacity development. The project also awarded… Continue reading →

Women Under represented in STEM and Related Fields

Women Under represented in STEM and Related Fields

In many countries across the world, the representation of a small percentage of women researchers and leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and related fields is a strong indication that resources are being under-utilized, thus depriving countries of their ability to reach their full potential in innovation and discovery. However, through strategic and concerted efforts, increased engagement and advancement of women in these disciplines and in leadership is possible and necessary. These interventions could see Kenya and Africa become strategically positioned to engage more effectively in shaping human development and providing solutions across… Continue reading →

Finances Hampering Upscaling Smart Water Technologies to Farmers

Finances Hampering Upscaling Smart Water Technologies to Farmers

The Smart Water for Agriculture (SWA) project stakeholders have acknowledged that irrigation and smart water use is one of the essential ways of reducing risks in agriculture, making farming less rainfall dependent and more profitable. However, the adoption or acquisition of the smart water technologies has financial implications on irrigation technology providers in efforts to reach smallholder farmers across the country. However, these enterprises usually fall into the “missing middle” in agricultural finance. This, according to the stakeholders, is as a result of being seen as too small and too risky to most Financial Service… Continue reading →

JKUAT to Host MTAWA’s Women in STEM Workshop

JKUAT to Host MTAWA’s Women in STEM Workshop

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Mentoring Network of African Women in Academia (MTAWA)  have organized a two-day workshop (July 24 – 25, 2018) focused on equipping of women scholars/graduates for their academic and professional advancement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and related fields. The workshop that brings together over 150 participating scholars, graduates and professionals drawn from Kenya and the East African region, will take place at JKUAT Main Campus (JUJA), and will entail discussion sessions that address the selection of appropriate graduate programmes and career paths; application to… Continue reading →

NCA Staff Trained on Concrete Technology to Support Affordable Housing

NCA Staff Trained on Concrete Technology to Support Affordable Housing

The implementation of affordable housing pillar of the Government’s Big 4 Agenda is receiving critical attention from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) following the launch of an intensive training course for compliance and quality assurance officers from the National Construction Authority (NCA), aimed at mainstreaming the latest quality sustainable technologies in the construction industry. The Concrete Technology Training Course for the first batch of 20 pioneer trainees drawn from various regions covered by NCA, ran from 9 – 13 July, 2018, at JKUAT where it was coordinated by the Centre for… Continue reading →

Kenyan Counties Leverage Technology ahead of UHC Roll-out

Kenyan Counties Leverage Technology ahead of UHC Roll-out

Counties that have benefited from the USAID-Health Informatics Governance and Data Analytics (HIGDA) have intensified use of technological innovations and products as Kenya gears to rollout universal health coverage. In Kisumu County, which is one of the counties selected to pilot the UHC programme, the department of health is increasingly leveraging geographic information science to support decision making. The four health officers who have benefited from HIGDA have cascaded learned knowledge to other officers, enabling the County to effectively use GIS in tracking HIV positive clients not linked to care. “We noted that there was… Continue reading →

Newton Utafiti Workshop to Enhance Kenyan/UK Research Capacity

Newton Utafiti Workshop to Enhance Kenyan/UK Research Capacity

The Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the University of Wolverhampton (UK) organized a Newton Utafiti Researcher Links Bilateral Workshop that ran from 25 – 28 June, 2018. The workshop titled: “Learning for Rural Livelihoods: researching the convergence of sustainable agriculture, informal community learning and appropriate digital technology,” was jointly funded by the National Research Fund (Kenya) and the British Council and other UK delivery partners. The workshop provided an array of opportunities for researchers from Kenya and the UK to interact, learn from each other and explore avenues for building long-lasting… Continue reading →

Researchers in Chemistry Train on LC-MS and GC-MS

Researchers in Chemistry Train on LC-MS and GC-MS

Over 20 researchers and postgraduate students in the area of chemistry drawn from 18 countries have concluded training on Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) techniques used to analyze live molecules in food, medicine and organic compounds. The annual one-week training sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry, Pan-Africa Chemistry Network and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) aims at supporting the creation of a self-sustaining science base in Africa, to solve local challenges and contribute to global knowledge in the chemical sciences. Prof. Anthony Gachanja of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Jomo Kenyatta University… Continue reading →

KUZA CEO Urges Students to Forge Proactive Networks

KUZA CEO Urges Students to Forge Proactive Networks

University students have been challenged to go beyond their academic work in the lecture halls and strive to forge and cultivate proactive and close networks with people and organizations who can challenge and propel them towards actualizing their career aspirations and entrepreneurial ideas. Speaking to the third and fourth year undergraduate students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Computer Technology, Business Information Technology and Computer Science at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology during a Career Mentorship Talk on Technology and Entrepreneurship, Thursday, July 12, 2018, the Kuza Biashara Founder, CEO and… Continue reading →

Student Wins the Kenya Bureau of Standards Essay Contest

Student Wins the Kenya Bureau of Standards Essay Contest

The 2018 Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS) Annual Essay Competition was won by Mr. Khajira Christopher, a third year Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The 21-year-old student emerged top, beating over 150 contestants drawn from various universities across Kenya, among them Technical University of Kenya and Moi University who clinched second and third positions respectively. The competition held annually, aims at imparting knowledge on the importance of standardization to students.  This year’s theme was, “The Role of Quality infrastructure and Standardization in facilitating Trade and Sustainable development within… Continue reading →