Egerton University Department of Agriculture
Egerton University Department of Agriculture – Details:
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management is in the Faculty of Agriculture. The history of this department dates back to 1939 when it was first created to train manpower for farm management to meet the needs of the agriculture sub-sector in Kenya. The main emphasis in the program includes: Agriculture, Farm Management, Economics, Marketing Management, and practical orientation.
The department has expanded its emphasis to include a business orientation towards agriculture. The degree in Agribusiness management was designed to meet this challenge. Currently, the degree programs in the department are:
- Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics
- M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics
- M.Sc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics
- B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics
- B.Sc. in Agribusiness Management
- Diploma in Farm Management
To achieve this, we offer diploma and degree programmes, and tailor-made short courses aimed at improving efficiency in animal production, management and nutrition.
Mankind has for many years depended on animals, not only for food but also for a variety of by-products and services. Livestock provide all the milk and meat consumed worldwide. In Kenya, like in other developing countries, the livestock sub-sector contributes approximately 10% of the GDP. Although livestock production systems aim at increasing meat and milk to feed the increasing population, they are confronted by a number of constraints, notably diseases and inadequate management.
As part of our mandate, members of faculty has strong presence in collaborative research and outreach programmes in crop production, post harvest and value addition, breeding for resistance to adversity, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, harnessing indigenous knowledge and technologies, and development of new high yielding crop varieties among other areas of interest. In recent past, the department has released new varieties of field beans and pigeon peas for farmers in moisture stress-prone agro-ecological zones. The department currently has operational collaborative agreements with national and international organizations involved in higher education and research in agricultural sciences.
The department regularly conducts tracer studies to guide the review and development of academic programmes in conformity with ever changing product markets. The department cherishes stakeholder involvement in this noble task of ensuring quality academic programmes are on offer all the times. We are happy to categorically assure our clients that things are getting even better with the current review of academic programmes by the university. We hope you appreciate our efforts and take earliest opportunity to be part of our collaborative training, research, outreach and networking activities.
THE DEPARTMENT OF DAIRY AND FOOD SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Dairy and Food Science and Technology department was started in 1963 through the effort of four organizations.
The Freedom from Hunger Campaign committees of Guildford and Humbeledon villages in England provided the funding, the UNICEF identified, purchased and provided the equipment, the FAO provided the personnel, and the Kenya Government provided the land on which the institute was built.
The Dairy Institute was established to train Dairy Technologists for all English speaking countries of Africa. Kenya was selected to host the institute because she had the most developed dairy industry in Africa outside South Africa. We have trained students from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia.
The Food Science and Technology Programme started in 1978, thanks to sponsorship by Danida. The quality of our training remains the best in the region as judged by our record.
We have revitalized the Dairy Pilot Plant with new equipments and have acquired ISO 22000:2005 certification. The Food Pilot plant is to be revitalized by 2011/2012 academic year. The two pilot plants will be in full operational state for students to work in.
The University through the department has reviewed its curriculum and will continue doing so together with stakeholders in order to ensure that it is sensitive to the labour market.
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