Snail Farming: A Viable Business Venture

Snail Farming: A Viable Business Venture

Although most farmers dislike snails and see them as pest, there has been growing interest in the snail for both the medicinal value it may contain and culinary delicacy. In Kenya, a number of farmers have considered it as a source of food and income. To spread the gospel of snail farming, JKUAT through the Directorate of Research and Innovation hosted a webinar that delved into the bio snail value chain, benefits of snails to our ecosystem, nutritional benefits of snails, medicinal and cosmetics use of snails, Thursday, May 6, 2021. The webinar that sought… Continue reading →

Towards Establishing Fruitful Collaborations

Towards Establishing Fruitful Collaborations

A delegation from Takoradi Technical University-Ghana (TTU) led by Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victor Kweku Bondzie Michah, visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for consultations on a possible collaboration between the two institutions, May 4, 2021. The delegation had earmarked JKUAT as a notable University in the region with significant depth and breadth of excellence in engineering, built and natural environment, applied sciences and business, which are the core programmes offered at the Technical University. “Searching through the list of universities and their relevance towards achieving the core mandate of our growing institution,… Continue reading →

JKUAT Trains Farmers on Button Mushroom Farming

JKUAT Trains Farmers on Button Mushroom Farming

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Mushroom Growing Resource center convened a training for farmers from Uplands Mushroom Self-help Group in a bid to equip them with mushroom growing skills, April 29, 2021. The farmers were trained on button mushroom formulation and production process, control of pests and diseases, packaging, preservation and harvesting and post-harvest handling. According to the Forest Station Manager, Uplands Forest Station, Nairobi County, Mr. Isaac Waweru, the training was fully catered for by the Kenya forest service (KFS) as a way to giving back to communities who manage the… Continue reading →

JKUAT, KALRO Develop a Finger Millet Threshing Machine

JKUAT, KALRO Develop a Finger Millet Threshing Machine

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in conjunction with Kenya Agricultural and Research Organization (KALRO) embarked on a mission to finding solutions to problems facing farmers in Bomet and Kericho counties. The collaboration dubbed Sustainable Participatory Enhancement of Finger Millet Value Chain is under the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) funded by the World Bank and aims at leveraging on newly developed and adopted technologies, providing viable and prudent solutions. As the adage goes necessity is the mother of invention, JKUAT project lead, Prof. Christopher Kanali said, the Finger millet threshing machine… Continue reading →

Moringa Oliefera: A Tree with Medicinal and Nutritional Value

Moringa Oliefera: A Tree with Medicinal and Nutritional Value

Moringa oliefera leaves and seeds contain health benefits and nutritional value. It is deemed rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds that help in fighting illnesses such as colds and flu and act as shields against diarrhea, heart ailments, eye, and skin diseases. Dr. Alice Nakhumicha Muriithi, a horticulturist and a Coordinator for Partnerships and Collaborations at World Bank knows too well of the benefits of this novel plant commonly known as ben oil tree. “I had a health problem that caused serious inflammation in my body at one time and after taking Moringa oliefera the inflammation went away. My doctor was amazed… Continue reading →

Building Capacity of Young Researchers through Poster Presentation

Building Capacity of Young Researchers through Poster Presentation

AFRICA-ai-JAPAN project organized a poster presentation session for the postgraduate research being funded by the project in a bid to build the capacity of the young researchers. The one-day activity was geared towards developing the students’ ability to communicate perceptively and concisely, an important workplace skill. “We wish to gauge the students’ ability in analyzing and evaluating information, synthesizing ideas and creatively demonstrating their understanding of a topic or the findings of their research,” elucidated AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Chairperson Main Taskforce, Prof. Daniel Sila. The session saw authors of the 19 poster presentations drawn from Agriculture, Health,… Continue reading →

JKUAT Student’s Team Tops Microsoft Hackathon

JKUAT Student’s Team Tops Microsoft Hackathon

JKUAT Business Innovation and Technology Management Student, Bethany Jepchumba and her team, emerged winners in the just concluded Game of Learners season two, sponsored by Microsoft Africa Development Center (ADC), Kenya. Jepchumba’s team with their innovation christened Bloom-Learn came first in the competition beating 11 teams with 60 participants drawn from Kenya and Nigeria. The objective of the Microsoft challenge held for five weeks virtually was to develop possible digital solutions that can aid Africa overcome serious bottlenecks facing education in the region. Bloom-Learn is a unique digital platform with capabilities to link students and… Continue reading →

Schools New Deans: Prof. Mberia and Dr. Mutisya

Schools New Deans: Prof. Mberia and Dr. Mutisya

Prof. Hellen Mberia and Dr. Mutisya Kyalo have been declared Deans following the uncontested elections for the Schools of Communication and Development Studies; and Nursing respectively. In her acceptance speech, Prof Mberia expressed her excitement at retaining office for the second term. She thanked her colleagues for their support and for creating a strong relationship with her. “I have managed to break the barriers of communication between the school’s non-teaching and teaching staff. This would not have been possible without your willingness to see to it that we work together and create a bond even… Continue reading →

JKUAT in Talks to Establish Partnerships in Indonesia

JKUAT in Talks to Establish Partnerships in Indonesia

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has commenced discussions through the Embassy of Indonesia that could possibly lead to a collaborative partnership with the Universitas Ilmu Pengetahuan Bogor  (IPB), a leading University in Indonesia on scholarships, students and faculty exchange programmes, training and research. This was revealed during a meeting between JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua and His Excellency, the Ambassador of Indonesia in Kenya, Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin, when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Friday, April 16, 2021. The Ambassador who… Continue reading →

Dr. Nyaberi Bags Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Nyaberi Bags Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Fellowship

A Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Health and Disease Control, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has bagged the inaugural Kofi Annan Global Health Leadership Programme (KAGHLP) of the Africa CDC. Dr. Jackline Mosinya Nyaberi, won the one-year fellowship after a competitive selection process that attracted over 600 applicants that saw 20 fellows picked to participate in the initiative that brings together the African Union Commission (AUC) and Africa CDC which jointly launched the KAGHLP in May 25, 2020 in partnership with… Continue reading →