FACULTY HOSTS EU FUNDED PROJECT LAUNCH AND INAUGURAL WORKSHOP
The Faculty of Agriculture hosted the official launch of the Partnerships to Strengthen University Food and Nutrition Sciences training and Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (PASUFONS), on 4 June 2014. The project is funded by the EU under the auspices of the ACP-EU Co-operation program in Higher Edulink II.
This project draws its membership from three regional universities; Makerere University in Uganda, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. Workshop participation was drawn from the partner institutions, the Ministry of Agriculture, professionals in the food industry, Kenyatta National Hospital and alumni of Food Science and Nutrition programs.
Dr. D. Mburu, Dean of Agriculture JKUAT interacts with Dr. Gunnar Sigge, Chairman of the South Africa Association of Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), and Ms. Cornelia Jacobs of Stellenbosch University
Some of the highlights of the discussions included; challenges faced by universities when interacting with the private sector, the need to develop clear objectives that appeal to the market, various ways of improving communication strategies and the need for realignment of programs to instil the competencies required by the industry.
The workshop was successful in attaining specific targets and mapping the way forward to strengthen interactions between regional universities and the food industry. Further activities are planned which will address the specific challenges and opportunities as identified during the workshop.