• CESAAM procurement Training Workshop at the Dairy Training Institute in Naivasha, Kenya from Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th,September 2021.

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    CESAAM Benchmarking with INSEFOODS, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) on Social and Environmental Safeguards on 27th September to 29th September 2021

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    A short course on feed formulation a training for farmers and extension agents from 27th September to 1st October 2021.

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    CESAAM holds a collaborative conference with AFMA from 21st-25th November 2021

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    Kajiado farmers training on tomato value addition and value chain to be held between 22nd –26th November. 2021 at CMRT multimedia room, Egerton university

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    Training of youths on sustainable agriculture and agribusiness opportunities held at Egerton University on 3rd -5th December 2021

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    A visit to MMUST with CREATES for the spirulina project on 20th -21st December 2021.

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    PTRE benchmarking with CESAAM at Egerton University on 22nd December 2021

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  • The Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, on Friday 4 February 2022 toured Egerton University’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management (CESAAM). The tour was part of the African Centres of Excellence (ACE) Steering Committee meeting chaired by the PS Amb. Nabukwesi at Main Campus in Njoro.

    Amb. Nabukwesi first paid a courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Isaac Kibwage. During the meeting, the PS commended the three ACE II participating universities comprising Egerton University, Moi University, and Jaramogi Odinga Oginga University of Science and Technology for their prudent management of the project.

    “The ACE II project is one of the projects that have been handled well. Universities are tasked to deliver high-quality training and research. The three universities are principal producers of knowledge in the region and they have had a good focus on their specific ACE II projects,” said PS Amb. Nabukwesi.

    Egerton University’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management (CESAAM) leader Prof. George Owuor delivering his presentation on the CESAAM progress report during the African Centres of Excellence (ACE) Steering Committee meeting held on 4 February 2022 at Main Campus in Njoro

    The ACE II project is a World Bank-sponsored project to strengthen selected Eastern and Southern African universities to deliver quality postgraduate education and build collaborative research capacity in priority areas.

    In 2016 the World Bank selected Egerton University to host CESAAM, JOOUST has sustainable use of insects as food and feed (INSEFOODS) and Moi University has the centre of excellence in phytochemicals textiles and renewable energy (PTRE). Each university received a grant of 6 million USD.

    The Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research Amb. Simon Nabukwesi officially opens the CESAAM Complex on 4 February 2022. Amb. Nabukwesi toured various CESAAM Project activities immediately after chairing the African Centres of Excellence (ACE) Steering Committee meeting at Main Campus in Njoro.Amb. Nabukwesi noted that the three universities demonstrated improvement in productivity and management of their projects, with visible achievements in postgraduate training and support for research and innovations. He called upon integrating the projects into the respective university governance structure to ensure sustainability in the long run.

    During the meeting chaired by Amb. Nabukwesi, each university gave a detailed presentation of their progress in their respective projects. After the meeting the ACE II Steering Committee toured the Dairy & Food Science Lab, Agric-engineering students and staff research and innovations works, Animal Sciences students research site, and the CESAAM female students hostel.

    In his presentation, CESAAM Centre Leader Prof. George Owuor outlined its vision and mission as well as its specific objectives and these are capacity development along the agricultural value chain in the Eastern and Southern Africa region; to undertake innovative research, including use of biotechnology and climate-smart agriculture for increased crop and livestock productivity; enhance the capacity of the University’s Agro-Science Park to assist partner universities establish a similar model for incubation of technological innovations, and develop evidence-based agricultural policy briefs and disseminate best practices through Agricultural Knowledge Centers in CESAAM and partner universities.

    As of 2022, CESAAM has 240 graduate students (168 Masters and 72 PhD) with female students at 52%. It has fully achieved national accreditation and has submitted four programmes (Msc Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Food Science and Animal Nutrition) for international accreditation.

    CESAAM has published 214 articles in internationally refereed journals and is looking to publish 20 publications for this quarter. 

    The Vice-Chancellor, JOOUST Prof. Stephen G. Agong, during the meeting, said that there was a need for the second phase of the ACE II project to make it more sustainable in the future.

    Egerton’s VC Prof. Kibwage noted that the three universities are producing innovations that are addressing current economic challenges, and there was an opportunity for the Kenya National Innovation Agency to work with researchers to commercialize these innovations.

    He called upon the Principal Secretary to advocate on behalf of universities to address the gaps in funding towards research and human capital areas.

    Amb. Nabukwesi on the same day officially opened the CESAAM Complet at Main Campus in Njoro. The Complex will serve as CESAAM’s main offices.

  • IMG-20220528-WA0021.jpgTraining in Conflict Management & Negotiations in Practice

     

    Skills, Tools and Approaches

    16 – 24 May, 2022

    Egerton University and Oslo New University College

    The course of 25 people included practice and presentations based on conflicts in Africa, the South Pacific,

    Europe and the Middle East between community, ministry, business, and non-government stakeholders. Course content included:

    • Effective communications: listening, questioning, non-verbal communication
    • Partnerships between community organizations and agencies
    • Conflict analysis and mapping (office-based & participatory)
    • Customary aspects of natural resources conflict in Kenya
    • Gendered aspects of conflict and conflict management
    • Analysing positions, interests and underlying needs
    • Interviewing, observation and learning skills
    • Power and re-framing intractable conflicts
    • Working effectively in research teams
    • Managing stress in conflict situations
    • Working with structural conflicts
    • Giving and receiving feedback
    • Coaching and self-coaching
    • Conflict management styles
    • Negotiation and facilitation
    • Human needs and conflict
    • Stakeholder analysis
    • Culture and Conflict
    • Consensus-building
    • Risk analysis
  • Faculty members from Virginia Tech University, USA, on 13th June 2022, paid a courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor Professor Isaac Kibwage at Main Campus in Njoro.

  • Sorghum bread has excited bread consumers in Nakuru town following the introduction of the product in the market. The bread is baked using composite flour of sorghum and wheat at some ideal ratios. It is not just any sorghum but some special cultivar developed and evaluated at Egerton University by a team of scientists led by Prof. Erick Cheruiyot. It is a product of a concept developed by the team and supported by the then Kenya Agricultural and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP), financed by the World Bank in 2011.

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