Enhancing Production, Value Addition and Marketing of Indigenous Vegetables (Cowpea, Spider plant, Nightshades, Amaranth and Pumpkin), French Beans and Mushrooms among Smallholder Farmers in Kenya: Deepening and Upscaling in Butere and Mumias Sub-counties
Prof Nderitu the DVC, Research and Development (Standing 2nd row left) joins other stakeholders during the workshop to develop scalable approach to establish competitive potato value chains, especially benefiting smallholder farmers and their families.
Lack of smallholder-tailored postharvest management, including storage, and good agricultural practices the quality and efficiency of the value chains there are major challenges facing potato industry.
The situation is worsened by the following factors:
This was a five day conference which was held on 21st - 25th July 2014 in Accra Ghana. The conference provided an important forum for insightful deliberations from the African context. There were lots of interaction of ideas and information between academicians, professionals, industrialists and practitioners in order to enhance the understanding of ‘Food and Nutrition Security in Africa. Prominent Scholars & practitioners from all over the world attended the conference.
The conference approach was to deliberate on the current food and nutrition challenges as well as opportunities to address them. The conference emphasized food systems as a sustainable way to address malnutrition in all its forms.
Participants of the Biosafety and Biosecurity training pose for a group photo. With them is Prof. Nderitu, DVC R&D (Centre standing) and R&D staff.
The laboratory staff of Mount Kenya University completed a two-phase course on Biosafety and Biosecurity training organized by the Research Division. The initial training was carried out last year. The trainers for this course were drawn from CDC, KEMRI and from the National Public Health Laboratories, Ministry of Health. Mount Kenya is amongst the few Universities in Kenya that have a Biorisk Management programmes in place making the University a safe working place.