• Food Science
The Department of Food Science and Technology offers training in the areas of food science, food technology, nutritional sciences and postharvest technology. The training is offered at the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Department, therefore, aims at producing well trained graduates, provided with the knowledge and skills, to meet the manpower requirements of the food industry, postharvest handling systems or nutritional aspects depending on the degree program one enrolls in.
The Department of Horticulture accommodates over 250 students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels of study. The department articulates the university’s vision of becoming a world class institution of excellence for development, by offering theoretical and practical training of the highest standard of to young Kenyans who go out to develop the horticulture industry, currently a leading foreign exchange earner to the country. Graduates of the department can be found in key positions of the horticulture sector, and the wider economy, both locally and abroad.
The department has modern facilities for research and teaching. These include a tuition farm equipped with irrigation facilities, various well equipped laboratories, greenhouses, and other propagation structures. A departmental reference room is equipped with a collection of specialized reference material to supplement the main library collection. Various audiovisual equipment and modern computing facilities are available for students and staff.
• Land Resource Planning And Management
Land is an area on the earth’s surface whose resources embrace all reasonably stable or predictably cyclic attributes of the biosphere above and below this area; including the atmosphere, soil, geology, hydrology, vegetation, fauna and the results of past anthropogenic activities. Land resources are finite and can vary from time to time depending on the management conditions and use.
Expanding human needs from the land and its constituent natural resources is creating competition and conflicts that may ultimately lead to land degradation. In order to meet human requirements in a sustainable manner, land use conflicts must be resolved and ways be found for more effective and efficient utilization land resources