Taking postharvest technologies from research labs to the farmers

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Sat, 2018-07-14 19:22

Karurumo Smallholder Horticulture Aggregation and Processing Center at glance

Karurumo Smallholder Aggregation and Agro-processing Center belongs to the Karurumo Horticultural Self Help Group in Embu County. It is a full-scale aggregation and processing center with facilities for both aggregation of fresh produce and also small scale wet and dry processing. The installed facilities include the zero energy brick cooler and evaporative charcoal cooler similar to those in Masii. In addition, the center has a Coolbot cold room which is a low-cost alternative to a conventional cold room.

Based on best practices for produce handling and cold chain management, when the produce is received at the center it is sorted and graded based on the market destinations. Thereafter the produce should be precooled in the evaporative coolers to remove the field heat prior to storage in the Coolbot cold room. The center is also equipped with facilities for small scale wet and dry processing of fruits/vegetables. For example mango which is the main fruit in this region can be wet-processed into diverse products including pulp (puree), mango concentrate and ready to drink juice. Each of the two tunnel solar driers installed at the center have capacity to dry I ton of high quality dried mango chips in one loading.  Processing provides an alternative of transforming unsold fresh fruits into shelf-stable products. Without processing facilities, farmers are often at the mercies of traders who take advantage of their desperation to buy the fruits at very low prices. It is our hope that this situation will change because farmers don’t have to sell their fruits since they have the option of processing. Moreover with high quality and access to markets, processed fruits and vegetables have better returns for the farmer than fresh (unprocessed) produce.

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Tue, 2024-12-31 19:22

PhD study establishes climate, temperature and vegetation conditions for malaria vectors

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Sat, 2018-07-14 18:55

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Jacinter Amadi , a PhD  in the Institute for Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) recently published a research article in PLOS ONE entitled “Sensitivity of vegetation to climate variability and its implications for malaria risk in Baringo, Kenya”

Baringo is a region known as a seasonal malaria transmission zone. This zone often receives little research attention, yet malaria is ranked second among the top ten diseases in the County.

Further, the study on malaria is especially critical given that three-quarters of the population in Kenya lives in malaria endemic areas. Her research findings which relies on data collected through remote sensing revealed that:

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Fri, 2021-12-31 18:55

Migration Data for Policy Summer School

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Wed, 2018-06-27 11:22

The Summer School on Migration Data for Policy will be the first migration focused training dedicated to improving the quality, analysis and use of migration data for policy. It is devoted on improving knowledge and understanding of migration data.  

The Summer School will be held from July 9 – 12, 2018 at Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, Bristol, UK on the theme: Migration data for policy: Building capacity with governments, academics and civil society.

This Summer School is a new initiative of the International Organization for Migration Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (IOM GMDAC) and the University of Bristol, building on the close collaboration already developed through the Worldwide Universities Network  IOM Strategic Alliance through the Migration, Development and Global Transformations interdisciplinary group.

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Thu, 2018-07-12 11:22

UoN to host the Inaugural Annual Research Week

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Fri, 2018-10-26 12:18

The University of Nairobi will host the inaugural Research Week 2018.  The event is expected to be held annually and will be a platform for scholars to disseminate their research activities and outcomes.

The Annual Research Week 2018 will be held from October 22 – 26, 2018. During the week, the University will host eleven International Conferences covering a broad range of disciplines.  In addition, several workshops, seminars and exhibitions will  be held. Details on each can be found on the Research Week 2018 website, https://uonresearch.org/research-week-2018/ .  

We invite you to submit abstracts to present papers at the conferences, and/or to participate in the other research week activities. Please visit the site regularly for updates, announcements and additional events. 

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Fri, 2018-10-26 12:00

Doctoral students training on transition from dissertation to journal publishing

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Tue, 2018-06-12 09:20

The University of Nairobi Graduate School Regulations on Doctoral Programmes requires that a doctoral student shows proof of publication or acceptance for publication of at least two (2) articles in refereed journals before the award of the doctoral degree.

In this regard, the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) is organizing a half-day training for University of Nairobi doctoral students on Transition from Dissertation to Journal Publishing.

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Sat, 2018-06-16 09:20

University of Nairobi ranked among seven top universities in Africa by THE World University rankings

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Mon, 2018-06-11 14:21

University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi was recently ranked among best seven universities in Africa by Times Education Young University Rankings 2018.  The University of Nairobi shared position number three with four other universities from Africa namely Mansoura University (Egypt), University of Marrakech Cadi Ayyad (Morocco) and Suez Canal University (Egypt).

In Kenya and East Africa region, the University of Nairobi was the only university in the rankings.

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Fri, 2023-06-30 14:21

How partnerships are helping cleft lip and palate surgeries in Kenya

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Mon, 2018-06-11 14:08

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Zawadi Juluis Saidi had reconstructive surgery on her cleft lip at a Dar es Salaam hospital. African children
face huge barriers to surgery. Reuters/Sala Lewis

Joseph Kimani Wanjeri, University of Nairobi

About 6% of all children worldwide are born with a birth defect. More than 300 000 babies with birth defects die annually within a month of being born.

The most common birth defects are those that affect the skull or facial bones such as cleft lips and palates. These happen when parts of the developing face fail to fuse in the early months of pregnancy. A cleft lip affects facial appearance.

The cause of cleft palates is largely unknown. Some studies have suggested that poor nutrition, infections, consumption of tobacco, alcohol and certain medicines during pregnancy may be responsible. Inherited defective genes have also been identified as a probable cause.

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Wed, 2027-06-30 14:08

UoN Lecturer wins African Academy of Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellowship

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Wed, 2018-05-30 15:36

Dr. Dominic Omosa Ochwang’i, a lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology has been awarded a three-year post-doctoral Fellowship courtesy of the AESA-RISE Postdoctoral Fellowship (AR-PDF).  This fellowship is aimed at building a critical mass of African leaders who are well equipped to independently lead science programmes at local and international levels including capacity to engage successfully with funders, policy makers, communities and other stakeholders and serve as mentors and supervisors for the next generation of researchers in Africa.

During the fellowship, Dr. Ochwang’i will conduct research on a study entitled Alternative and complementary cancer therapy using medicinal plants: From molecular characterization to pre-clinical testing. In his study, Dr. Ochwang’i will seek to investigate the anticancer potential of selected Kenyan medicinal plants through evaluation of their effects on breast, prostate, leukemia, colon, glioblastoma, cervical and esophageal human cancer cell lines selective cytotoxic viability, molecular gene expression profiling, pre-clinical in-vivo testing in  mice cancer xenografts and active dog cancers.

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Fri, 2024-05-31 15:36

National Innovation Award 2018: 'Suction Machine' wins 2nd runner-up award in Engineering and Manufacturing Category

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Wed, 2018-05-16 12:07

The Suction Machine has won the 2nd runner-up award in the Engineering and Manufacturing Category in the 2nd Call of the National Innovation Awards Programme.

The Awards organized by the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA), attracted approximately 100 entries in various categories. 74 of these entries were qualified for the Awards having met the basic minimum requirements of the Call. The best three innovations were selected in the six categories presented in the Call.

About the Suction Machine

This is an innovation by innovators at the Science and Technology Park (STP) under Maker Space project which aims to address gaps in the supply of maternal and newborn child health medical equipment through the creation of low-cost, high-quality and locally designed and produced essential medical equipment by a network of Makers and MNCH practitioners. The final suction machine prototypes have been done and are due to undergo clinical tests in July this year. It is envisioned to have the Suction Machine in the market within a period of 12 months.

 

 

 

Suction Machine
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Fri, 2021-12-31 12:07

First Pan African International Research Congress on Knowledge Generation and Dissemination (PAIRC-2018)

Date and time: 
Wed, 2018-05-09 10:10

Click here for more detials on this event

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Fri, 2018-06-22 17:00
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