JKUAT Researchers Unveil Livestock Deworming Drug ‘Bromecure’

JKUAT Researchers Unveil Livestock Deworming Drug ‘Bromecure’

Two JKUAT dons; Dr. John Kagira from the Department of Animal Science and Prof. Naomi Maina from the Department of Biochemistry, have collaborated to develop an innovative drug named Bromecure. This groundbreaking solution, derived from pineapple and seafood extracts, offers a novel approach to deworming in livestock. It holds tremendous promise in optimizing gut health among goats, sheep, and cows, thereby fostering enhanced livestock production for farmers. Bromecure’s development marks a significant advancement in livestock management. By leveraging bromelain from pineapple peels and chitosan from seafood waste, the drug offers a safer and more sustainable… Continue reading →

JKUAT Consortium Secures NRF Grant to Advance Climate-Smart Food Technologies for Kenyan Nutrition Security

JKUAT Consortium Secures NRF Grant to Advance Climate-Smart Food Technologies for Kenyan Nutrition Security

A consortium of multidisciplinary researchers and industry players in the African indigenous vegetables value chains spearheaded by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), has won a competitive grant worth KES 15 million from the National Research Fund (NRF) to upscale the African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) climate-smart technologies for food and nutrition security in Kenya. The consortium brings together a team of ten members drawn from JKUAT, IREN Growthpad Ltd, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) and Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). According to NRF Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dickson Andala, “Despite… Continue reading →

JKUAT Students Win Mitsubishi Scholarships

JKUAT Students Win Mitsubishi Scholarships

Mitsubishi Corporation has awarded scholarships to 25 Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Bachelor of Commerce students from the College of Human Resource Development (COHRED). The number is the highest among past similar scholarships awarded by the Corporation. The scholarship initiative, which has benefited over 40 JKUAT students in three years, is based on a rigorous screening procedure that identifies students from needy background who demonstrate academic excellence. The Wednesday, February 14, 2023 event saw the students awarded scholarships certificates.  The gesture is a financial boost that is expected to help the students… Continue reading →

JKUAT and UGENT Explore Expanded Collaboration

JKUAT and UGENT Explore Expanded Collaboration

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the University of Ghent (UGENT) held discussions to explore possibilities of expanding existing areas of partnership. The talks held at JKUAT Council Boardroom on Monday, February 12, 2024 centered on finding areas of mutual interest in research and student and staff exchanges, particularly knowledge and skill transfer among women. The meeting highlighted boosting research and knowledge transfer, as well as finding areas that the two institutions could leverage. Speaking virtually during the meeting, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi said, JKUAT is very eager to… Continue reading →

JKUAT-Fujita Partnership to Enhance Potato Farming in Kenya

JKUAT-Fujita Partnership to Enhance Potato Farming in Kenya

Academia-industry linkage has been recognized as a vital catalyst for driving innovation and tackling challenges. Kenya’s dynamic agricultural landscape, this synergy has taken on new significance especially in the crucial potato farming sector. Recognizing the pressing need for sustainable solutions and enhanced productivity, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)   has embraced a collaboration with Fujita Corporation, Japan for a potato value chain project. According to Prof. Daniel Sila, a lead researcher of the project, the two organisation have a shared vision to revolutionize the potato value chain by leveraging cutting-edge research and industry… Continue reading →

Tomato Farmers Reap Benefits of an App that Combats Tuta Absoluta

Tomato Farmers Reap Benefits of an App that Combats Tuta Absoluta

Tomato Farmers in Machakos County Kenya have benefited from a mobile Application (App) that monitors infestation of the destructive pest Tuta Absoluta. The App is named PeMOST, an acronym for Pest Monitoring and Surveillance in Tomatoes. This innovation combines Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Geographic Information System (GIS) through remote sensing, a method commonly used to collect physical data from satellites and integrating it into the GIS. This makes it possible for the pest to be monitored and controlled. PeMOST which is now available on the Google Play store was jointly developed by JKUAT’s Dr. Joseph… Continue reading →

JKUAT, Hasselt University Train on Bioinformatics

JKUAT, Hasselt University Train on Bioinformatics

The JKUAT Institute of Biotechnology Research (IBR), in collaboration with Hasselt University of Belgium, has successfully completed the training of a cohort comprising 42 postgraduate students and technical staff on programming with R and its application. This initiative, made possible through the VLIR-OUS funded project, ‘Directed Breeding Programs for Improved Crop by Genetic Bioinformatics Research and Development in Kenya (C-BIRD),’ marks a significant step towards enhancing the expertise in bioinformatics for postgraduate students. The training encompassed the fundamental syntax of the R programming language, as well as the application of R in real-world scenarios, particularly… Continue reading →

JKUAT Secures €300,000 Grant for INNOECOFOOD Research Initiative

JKUAT Secures €300,000 Grant for INNOECOFOOD Research Initiative

JKUAT has secured a €300,000 grant for the Eco-Innovative Technologies for Improved Nutrition, Sustainable Production, and Marketing of Agroecological Food Products in Africa (INNOECOFOOD) research project. This project, funded by Horizon Europe, marks a significant milestone for JKUAT as a key member of the consortium. Comprising partners from diverse regions including Europe (Portugal, Germany, UK, and Turkey), East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania), Southern Africa (Namibia), West Africa (Ghana), and Northern Africa (Egypt), the consortium’s coordinating institution is CIIMAR in Portugal. In Kenya, JKUAT is collaborating with institutions such as the Kenya Marine and Fisheries… Continue reading →

Prof. Ngumi Joins the Governing Board of AICAD

Prof. Ngumi Joins the Governing Board of AICAD

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, has been appointed to the Governing Board of the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) for a two-year term. This appointment follows her election as the Vice Chancellors’ representative of the AICAD 30 member universities in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya at the recent Annual General Meeting held in Arusha, Tanzania. This appointment places her among the key decision-makers shaping the future of capacity development initiatives across East Africa. AICAD Governing Board is composed of esteemed individuals, including the Principal Secretaries of Education and Treasury from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda,… Continue reading →

Fostering Youth-Led Agriculture and Climate Resilience

Fostering Youth-Led Agriculture and Climate Resilience

In an endeavor to cultivate resilience and promote innovative solutions in agriculture, the Smart Mechanized Agriculture & Climate Action for Humanity and Sustainability (SMACHS) is seeking collaboration with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to mainstream youth voices in addressing pressing agriculture and climate change issues. During a visit to JKUAT, SMACHS Patron, Ms. Charlene Ruto expressed the Foundation’s commitment to ushering in a new era of youth-driven, climate-resilient agriculture. Their aim is to empower young people to actively contribute to food security and climate action through the adoption of smart, mechanized agricultural… Continue reading →