A collaborative initiative between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Programme (KAPAP) to implement Agribusiness and market development interventions focusing on curricular development, training and building capacity in food processing entrepreneurs/investors, advisory service providers and agricultural extension staff has been established.
The partnership, signed between the two parties, Friday, November, 2013, will also see the University enhance its capacity to provide modulized and competency based training for fruits and vegetables value chain actors and service providers and business incubation.
Speaking during the function, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga said, “the partnership has come at a time when the University is exploring avenues to market our products and to upscale large scale manufacturing.”
The Vice Chancellor further said the University was collaborating with Lanzhou University of China in dry land agriculture and related natural resources management, and noted that the JKUAT/KAPAP partnership was equally critical in enhancing the collaborations from the experimental stage to a higher pedestal, appreciating KAPAP for accepting to partner with JKUAT.
The KAPAP National Coordinator Dr. Samuel Mungai welcomed the partnership, which he said, was in line with KAPAP’s project objectives which aim at increasing productivity in Africa particularly focusing on important aspects of enhancing agribusiness training and entrepreneurship development.
KAPAP Chairman Prof. Edward Karuri acknowledged JKUAT as a leading player in horticultural products and urged both parties to exploit their synergies to impact on outputs for the mutual benefit of the twin institutions and the country at large. Also present from KAPAP was Samson Ngata.
JKUAT was also represented by Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension Prof Esther Kahangi, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture Prof. Ngamau Kamau, Chair of Horticulture Department Prof. Elijah Ateka, Director of Linkages Dr. Muikamba Kaibui, Chair of Food Science Technology Dr Arnold Onyango and Senior Extension Officer Value Chain in Agribusiness J.N. Mbugua.