National Forum

The meeting was held on 12th to 13th February 2018 at Masada Hotel, Kenya. This was the first national event organized by TAGDev @ Egerton program. The event whose theme was Enhancing University- Industry linkages for Agricultural Growth and Development was in line with the TAGDev program mission of training a generation of Agleaders for Agricultural Transformation in Africa. Prof. Nancy Mungai, TAGDev@Egerton Program Coordinator, in her opening remarks gave an overview of the program. She indicated that, TAGDev program intends to train high innovative agricultural leaders who will drive the development of agriculture agenda in Africa and the rest of the world. She further indicated that, the program was encouraging partnership with public and private sector to meet its objective.
The event was officially opened by the representative of the Nakuru County Government Mrs. Grace Kirui and closed by Prof. Rose Mwonya, VC, Egerton University. Keynote speeches were delivered by Dr. Eusebius J. Mukhwana on Strategies for Enhancing University Industry Linkages, and Mr. Mwanzia from TVETA on Opportunities for Universities and TVETs Collaboration. Presentations and Break up sessions revolved around nine (9) topics namely Role of Universities in enhancing linkages to industries by Prof. Ratemo Michieka (University of Nairobi), Empowering farming communities through value extension service by Dr. Kinoti (Farming Systems Kenya), Enhancing commercialization of research output in Kenya by Ronald Barongo (KIRDI), Youth and Agriculture by Mr. Omry Karplus (Amiran Kenya), Creation of opportunities through agricultural innovations by Dr. Alice Murage (KALRO), Farming as a business by Mrs. Anastacia Ngarama (Farmer), Community Driven Research by Prof. Anthony Kibe (Egerton University), Industrial Attachment as a tool for skill development by Mr. Partrick Masinde (NITA) and Entrepreneurship as an avenue for job creation by Mrs. Jane Kagiri (KEPSA).
Major thrust of the presentations, emphasized on the need for universities to develop innovative ways so as to enhance their collaborations with industries. The discussions focused on how stakeholders in the agricultural sector can provide valuable extension services to farmers, make agriculture attractive to the youth and how industrial attachment can be used to produce graduates who are well prepared for the job market.

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