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The Office of the DVC RPE has a launched an e-textbook programme with the aim of providing high quality e-textbooks to students in all programmes of the University. 



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The Vice Chancellor University of Nairobi received a team from ARUA-CD who paid him a courtesy call on the morning of October 2nd 2018. The team was from the University of Cape Town, University of Ghana, Legon and the Institute of Climate Change and Adaptation (ICCA) of the University of Nairobi. UoN is member of ARUA and ICCA was submitted as a hub by the University.



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MAIN CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY TOWERS, 19TH FLOOR
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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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MAIN CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY TOWERS, 19TH FLOOR
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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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MAIN CAMPUS, UNIVERSITY TOWERS, 19TH FLOOR
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