Over 50 women from arid and semi- arid were awarded certificates after successfully completing a three week In-country training program, Friday June 21, 2013 at the Main Campus, Juja.
This year’s programme themed, “Incubating the Capacity of Grassroots Women for Socio-economic Development and Livelihood Transformation” was graced by Prof. Hellen Sambili, Member of Parliament, Mogotio Constituency.
Congratulating the graduands, Prof, Sambili urged the beneficiaries to share the positive agricultural practices learned during the course at the grass root level in order to realize greater impact.
The legislator further appealed to women to pool resources at grassroot level, and apply value addition skills gained from the training to start cottage industries which will generate products that meet local and regional needs.
She thanked the District Gender and Social Development Officers, who continue to support the training and are the link between the stakeholders, JICA and JKUAT.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga JKUAT, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo said, the primary function of the course was to equip rural Kenyan women with requisite knowledge, competencies and attitudes for socio-economic empowerment and livelihood transformation.
The Vice Chancellor told the graduands that education alone was not adequate, and urged them to “analyze rural life, use gained knowledge to exploit available economic resources to benefit them.”
She thanked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who have supported the programme for the last 12 years and Kenya Women Enterprise Fund.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension Prof. Esther Kahangi said, JICA had made enormous support and contribution to the training and further said, 500 women from eight regions in the country who have undergone the training will be selected to serve as resource persons.