PS pitches for sustainability research at JKUAT Open Day

Principal Secretary for Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Shadrack Mwadime makes his remarks during the JKUAT Open Day

The Principal Secretary for Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Shadrack Mwadime has called on academia to prioritize sustainability teaching, research and innovation as a way of addressing the harmful effects of climate change.

The PS noted that Kenya had taken a strong stand on climate action with President William Ruto galvanizing Africa’s voice on the issue. He encouraged universities to take advantage of the existing funding mechanisms and opportunities to engage in research and technology transfer to help the community cope with the effects of climate change.

PS Mwadime was speaking when he graced the 12th JKUAT Open Day on Friday September 8, 2023.  The event was themed: “Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiatives for Sustainable Economic Growth.” He noted that JKUAT had honed a number of innovations that could be tapped to provide sustainability support in food security, health, housing and technology among others.

Mr. Simon Gatagia of Engineering Workshops explains the mechanisation efforts by JKUAT to the guest

On her part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, said, the convergence of technology, scientific insights, and traditional agricultural wisdom can revolutionize the way we cultivate, harvest, and distribute food.

“By fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, universities can pioneer advancements such as drought-resistant crop varieties, precision agriculture techniques, and ecosystem-based approaches that fortify agricultural landscapes against climate shocks,” Prof. Ngumi noted.

“Climate change, with its far-reaching consequences, has brought agriculture to the forefront of global concern. Universities, like JKUAT are therefore playing an indispensable role in redefining agriculture’s paradigm,” she added.

The Vice Chancellor said, the Open Day is a gateway to providing our prospective students with insights, skills and knowledge essential for their holistic growth and progress at individual, communal and national level.  She advised high school students to consider making JKUAT the locus of their academic journey and the launch pad of their career aspirations.

While thanking the participants, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Jackson Kwanza underscored the relevance of the theme which he noted, resonated well with the role played by the university in tackling climate change impact.

Scores of students drawn from about 50 secondary schools attended the open day.

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