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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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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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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, .  

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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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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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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