The 18th PhD seminar was held on 27th Feb 2020 at the Faculty of Agriculture (FOA), College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi. The seminar started at 9.30 a.m. The seminar brought together postgraduate students from various departments within the FOA, who shared their PhD research findings to staff and students. This is a PhD seminar series programme in the faculty of Agriculture that aims at improving PhD research quality and also offers the PhD students an opportunity to share their research findings with fellow researchers. Dr.
Masii Horticultural Farmers following the proceedings of the training on small scale processing on mango fruits at the University of Nairobi Faculty of Agriculture upper Kabete Campus. The farmers were taken through the best practices in fruit processing,Food processing Hygiene and food safety, processing facilities/ Equipment, processing of various mango products(Theory);Mango Juices, Mango Wine, Mango leather(ROLL) Product development and Commercialization. The main Trainers Were. Prof. Jane Ambuko,Dr. George Abong and Mr.
Coffee is one of the major industrial crops produced in Kenya. It is the fifth-largest foreign exchange earner after tourism, tea, horticulture and diaspora remittances. Coffee is the mainstay of about 800,000 households mostly rural. In the 70s and 80s, coffee was regarded as the ‘black gold’ because it raked in millions of shillings for the farmers. Kenya was then the top player in the global market and the high-quality coffee from Kenya was highly sought after to blend coffees from other countries.
The DEAN, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. George Chemining’wa and the Chairman, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) Prof. Geoffrey Kironchi, officially opened a workshop on 20th January 2020 at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Conference Centre, Baringo County, Marigat Town.
After a visit to the USA by Kenyan Students a meeting was held at SEMIs-large Hall (College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences) which brought together the Kenyan students and USA Fellows on 24th January 2020 to share their experiences. The main agenda of discussion during the Seminar was; Revisiting Women and agri-entrepreneurship in Kenya and the on-going conversation with the Kenyan and U.S. Fellows.”All the discussion and resolutions were aimed at programmatic efforts to improve women’s agri- entrepreneurship opportunities in Kenya and U.S.
Dr.Martin Oulu, Postdoc Researcher & Lecturer Department of Agricultural Economics and Dr. Kirui From Department of LARMAT with fourth year students taking the course AEC 401: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) went for a study tour to Kajiado on Friday December 6, 2019. The intention was to visit two institutions, NEMA Greenpoint Kajiado, and the Tata Chemicals factory located within Kajiado town.
The increasing need to sustainably manage Frankincense trees in Somaliland led to a collaborative research between World vision Somalia, the University of Nairobi and IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS). This partnership seeks to develop and implement propagation of frankincense through tissue culture technology. The initial plan started with the process being curried out at the University of Nairobi tissue culture laboratory in the initial phase.
The University of Nairobi Council in the company of College Principal Professor Rose Nyikal, Ag. Dean of Student Professor John Mburu and Chairman Department of LARMAT Professor Kirochi visited the Kibwezi Irrigation Project(KIP) on 21st of November 2019 and Witnessed Horticultural Crops and Cassava being produced for local markets in Emali and Kiboko Makueni county. The council emphasized the need for expanding production and proper maintainance of equipments in the project.