Prof Njonge Appointed to KMFRI Board

Prof. Francis Njonge

Prof. Francis Njonge from the department of Animal Sciences at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has been appointed by the Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture to serve as a member of the Board of Directors at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) for the next three years effective May 2022.

Further, Prof. Njonge, who is the current Dean School of Animal Sciences JKUAT, will also serve as the Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Committee within the management board at KMFRI.

In her congratulatory message, JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi lauded the appointment as a testament to Prof. Njonge’s exemplary leadership and numerous contributions made to the Agricultural sector, especially through research.

Prof Njonge has provided academic leadership in the Animal Sciences department, where he was the founding chairman and pioneer of a new academic program. Because of his outstanding performance in this departmental role, he was appointed as the founding Dean of a school of Natural Resources and Animal Sciences, and later elected by his peers to lead the school.

Prof. Njonge was elated about his appointment, describing it as a great opportunity for JKUAT to participate in blue economy matters which is a priority area for the government. He cited the recent Aquatic Resources and Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), which he attended in Kisumu, Kenya, in November 2022 as a good start.

The insightful forum brought together researchers, innovators, academia, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders from around the world to share their experiences and lessons learned about how to use aquatic resources wisely for human sustenance, prosperity, and the blue economy connection. These experiences are also invaluable to JKUAT, a University that offers courses in aquaculture in Zoology, and Agricultural Engineering courses.

Prof. Njonge holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Parasitology from JKUAT, a Master’s degree in Reproductive Physiology from James Cook University –Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi. He is registered and retained as a Veterinary surgeon by the Kenya Veterinary Board with experience spanning over 30 years.

Prof. Njonge has published over 90 scholarly publications that include articles on fisheries and aquaculture in refereed journals, besides scholarly presentations at conferences and workshops. He also has interests in the veterinary aspect of developing natural medicinal products from plants. Prof. Njonge’s other interest is in drug development in the control of helminths – parasitic worms that can infect humans and other animals.

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