Shs. 51 million indigenous vegetables study to boost food security in east Africa

A new two year study likely to improve food and nutrition security in East Africa through the identification and characterization of appropriate variety of amaranth, one of the most widely grown and protein rich indigenous vegetable in the region has commenced.

The Shs. 51 million Australian Government funded project led by Dr. Daniel Sila of the Department of Food Science and Technology of JKUAT brings together researchers drawn from four other international organizations namely; Tanzania based AVRDC- World Vegetable Centre and   Sokoine University of Agriculture, Kenya’s Bioscience east and central Africa Hub under International Livestock Research Institute and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

According to Dr. Sila, the researchers are expected to explore possible opportunities for value addition for the production of suitable local foodstuffs from the vegetable and grain. Receiving the project’s agreement Thursday December 22, 2011, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Acting vice chancellor welcomed the project saying it will boost JKUAT research capacity as well as build a culture of research to the university’s young researcher

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