JKUAT, KEFRI Collaborate to Advance Biodiversity Sustainability

Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi (right) and Dr. Jane Njuguna ink the collaborative research agreement

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has inked a collaborative agreement with the Kenya Forestry Research Institution (KEFRI), May 10, 2023, aimed at advancing forest and landscape restoration as well as biodiversity sustainability.

The primary aim of the agreement is to establish a framework for collaboration between the two organisations in matters forestry research and development, environmental conservation and natural resources management, capacity building, knowledge management and technology development and transfer.

In a statement, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, expressed her excitement about the collaboration, noting it would strengthen the capabilities of both institutions in addressing critical environmental challenges facing Kenya.

“JKUAT is delighted to be partnering with KEFRI in this critical area of research and development. By working together, we hope to enhance the knowledge and skills of our students and staff, promote innovation and the adoption of new technologies that contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of our forests,” said Prof. Ngumi.

She further observed that the collaboration is timely, given the current environmental challenges facing Kenya, and emphasized that it will play a vital role in preserving the indigenous knowledge of the country through documentation for future generations.

Prof Victoria Wambui Ngumi (2nd right) exchange the signed agreement documents with Dr. Jane Njuguna. Looking on is DVC, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza (right) and Dr. James Ndufa, KEFRI Deputy Director, Forest Biodiversity and Environment

KEFRI Senior Deputy Director, Research and Development, Dr. Jane Njuguna, echoed Prof. Ngumi’s sentiments, stating that the collaboration would be instrumental in advancing the institution’s mandate of generating and promoting knowledge and technologies for sustainable management of forests and natural resources.

“KEFRI is committed to working with JKUAT to build capacity and strengthen the research and development capabilities of both institutions. By pooling our resources and expertise, we hope to generate new knowledge and technologies that will benefit Kenya’s forest sector and support the country’s development agenda,” said Dr. Njuguna.

According to Dr. Njuguna, the collaboration is expected to serve as a model for future partnerships between academia, research institutions, and other stakeholders in the environmental sector.

The agreement is set to augment higher education through joint research, training, and development activities in forestry and allied natural resources.

The partnership will see the establishment of an innovation hub for forestry, a seed orchard for seed collection, and the enhancement of institutional capacity of JKUAT and KEFRI staff and students through joint training and resource mobilization.

It will also involve curriculum development, publications, and dissemination of new forest and agriculture technologies, as well as sharing technical expertise.

According to the two entities, the collaboration is expected to create a synergy between them and provide a platform for joint research and development aimed at advancing the establishment of the KEFRI Forestry Graduate School in collaboration with JKUAT.

JKUAT and KEFRI collaborate to advance forest and landscape restoration and biodiversity sustainability in Kenya

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