Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) is among the key participants at the Virtual Foodtec Global Expo. The expo which is premised on food security is being held virtually due to COVID-19, running from November 23-29, 2020.
Apart from the exhibitions, the virtual week-long expo will have webinars from experienced food and technology experts tackling issues such as policies impacting food and agriculture, global trends with a focus on food trends in Africa, efficient and effective collaboration driving the food market and how farmers can drive markets and value chains for food.
The webinars are geared towards learning how you can harness the potential the food market offers to collaborate and propel food technology and value chain to the next level.
While welcoming visitors to the JKUAT virtual booth, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, said, JKUAT’s footprint of success in research, innovation and technology transfer has been well established across some of Kenya’s 47 Counties to support socio-economic development and livelihoods transformation at national and regional levels.
Citing two examples, Prof. Ngumi, said, “We are so far proud to have extended our services to Makueni County where we have a Mango value addition project run by JKUAT researchers. The aim of this project is to empower farmers especially women in rural communities. In Kiambu, in partnership with the National Government Affirmative Action Fund, we have established a banana value chain enterprise for the members of the community.”
On her part, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa said JKUAT understands that the Kenya Vision 2030 is very clear on the role of youth, technology and innovation in the development of the country and was confident that the innovations and solutions showcased on the virtual platform will play a critical role in empowering the youth especially to pick up agriculture as an economic venture.
“As you interact with the solutions at the virtual JKUAT stand, it is important to note that it is time the youth make use of their immense potential and energy to strive for ownership in Kenya’s sustainable development,” said Prof. Abukutsa.
To attend the webinar and follow the proceeding of the expo, kindly register as a visitor on www.foodtecexpo.com. The virtual expo is organized by Radecaal communications and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (Kenya) among other partners.