The Directorate of Research, Grants and Endowments conducted a two-day training workshop on Research Ethics at Mount Kenya University Happy Valley Graduation Pavilion on 7th and 8th April, 2016. Members of MKU Ethics Research Committee (ERC), Campus and Schools’ Research Coordinators attended the workshop facilitated by Ms. Caroline Kithinji, Certified IRB Professional (CIP) and KEMRI Ethics Review Committee member and Mrs. Hellen Malechi, a lecturer at Daystar University. During this two-day training workshop, participants were trained on ethics review of research protocol and proposals. The following topics were covered:
Dried Cowpea leaves (Kunde), Spiderplant (Saget) and African Nightshades (Osuga) packaged and ready for the market.
This research was a collaboration of Mount Kenya University, Egerton University, University of Nairobi, National Museums of Kenya, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, and Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) in partnership with other stakeholders including Kleenhomes& Gardens-KHG (grass root CBO), Njoro Canning Factory Limited, producer communities in Butere- Mumias area, and the East African Nutraceticals have solar dried and packaged Indigenous vegetables to significantly reduce post harvest losses for farmers during bumper harvests. The project is funded by the World Bank through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP)
The conference was organized by the Commission for Higher Education in Somaliland. Following a decade-long devastating war that destroyed all educational facilities and institutions from elementary schools to Universities, the installation of peace has seen universities in Hargeisa thrive again. The theme of the conference was ‘Fostering Regional Collaborations for Higher Education.’
Mount Kenya University was represented by Prof John Nderitu-DVC, Linkages & Resource Mobilization and Dr. Nancy Cheseto, Deputy Director, Linkages Monitoring & Evaluation.
Gulu University which has collaboration with Mount Kenya University was represented by the Vice Chancellor Prof Nyeko Pen Mogi. The participating institutions agreed to:
30 Researchers from 10 universities, KALRO, KIRDI, Museums of Kenya, Processing Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and County Governments met under the Vegetable Value Chain Project
The team led by MKU held a Research workshop to share research outputs and highlight project achievements on vegetables small holder farmers within Kenya the project focuses on improvement of seed supply systems and ensuring availability of clean planting materials, identifying and applying post-harvest technologies that minimize losses, diversifying products from indigenous vegetables and linking farmers to markets. Information sharing, good agricultural practices and market access for decision making by farmers was enhanced.Read more...