Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Fukuoka University in the spirit of academic corporation and strengthening of their research enterprise, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), April 17, 2018.
The MoA follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding mid last year to undertake technology transfer in solid waste management which consequently led to the successful piloting of the Semi-aerobic landfill technology, also known as Fukuoka Method Landfill in Kiambu County.
Speaking during the signing ceremony at JKUAT, Fukuoka University’s Emeritus Prof. Yasushi Matsufuji acknowledged that he was happy that the project took into account the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) of waste management.
“By appropriate application of the three R’s, the amount of waste being produced in the County will be significantly reduced and be beneficial to both the environment and the people,” opined Prof. Matsufuji.
Prof. Matsufuji further said, he was looking forward to the staff and student exchange programme and was optimistic that it will build the necessary skills and competences to escalate the semi-aerobic landfill technology to other counties in Kenya.
While acknowledging that the project was one of its kind in the region particularly in relation to the simplicity and cost effectiveness, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga assured the meeting that JKUAT was ready to work with all the stakeholders involved in the attainment of the objective of the project.
“We are ready to work with all parties involved and welcome the element of capacity building of the project. I have no doubt that this will enhance the sustainability of the project,” attested Prof. Imbuga.
She also lauded Kiambu County Government for their continued support and urged the County to make use of the University’s expertise especially in the mechanisation of agriculture in order to improve the food security and nutrition of the county.
“To solve the myriad of challenges facing our counties and country, it is vital for academia and government to work together in finding these solutions,” advised the Vice Chancellor.
Deputy Director of Environment, Mr. Patrick Theuri said as a county, Kiambu aspires to be a hub of solid waste management where other counties could benchmark with the county. He also said, Kiambu County was committed to give the project the necessary support it needed. Mr. Theuri was representing the Governor Kiambu County, His Excellency, Ferdinand Ndungu Waititu.
The meeting was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Mary Abukutsa, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) Prof. Victoria Ngumi, Ag. Principal COETEC, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu and the Dean School of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering Prof.Zachary A. Gariy.