THE 2ND NATIONAL FORUM FOR UNIVERSITIES, TVETS AND INDUSTRY PLAYERS IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

THE 2ND NATIONAL FORUM FOR UNIVERSITIES, TVETS AND INDUSTRY
PLAYERS IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR
THEME: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INNOVATIVE
AGRICULTURAL TRAINING
ORGANIZER: EGERTON UNIVERSITY
DATES: 12-13TH MARCH 2019
VENUE: LAKE NAIVASHA PANORAMA PARK HOTEL

Background information
Egerton University is keen to contribute to the Big Four Agenda on Food and Nutrition Security.
As a premier agricultural university that has been at the forefront of generating numerous
technologies and innovations for use by farmers, Egerton has continued to generate skilled
manpower in the agricultural sector since 1939. The university in partnership with the Regional
Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and Gulu University in
Uganda with support from MasterCard Foundation is implementing a Program titled
“Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s
Growth and Development (TAGDev)”. This eight year program (2016-2024) seeks to transform
African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges
through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural
transformation. The program is focused on transformation at individual, community, institutional,
national and regional levels.
The program has four broad objectives: i) Pilot a new model of agricultural education at early
adopter universities that connects tertiary agricultural education to rural communities, with an
emphasis on smallholder farmers; ii) Strengthen agribusiness/entrepreneurship at two universities
and selected TVET institutions; iii) Scale the new model for agricultural education to other
agricultural universities and TVET institutions; and, iv) Increase collaboration and mutual learning
among institutions and agencies implementing and influencing innovative Tertiary Agricultural
Education for rural transformation in Africa.
“Transforming Lives through Quality Education”
TAGDev has special focus on agriculture as a massifier of opportunities for youth and as a
mechanism to achieve financial independence and moving millions of poor smallholder farmers
out of poverty. It therefore aims at training competent and highly skilled African youths and to
develop the capacity of African universities and technical vocational training institutions to
effectively train and nurture graduates with relevant skills that match societal needs. The program
also aims at facilitating students’ transitions to livelihoods with a special focus on strengthening
linkage between training institutions, small-scale farmers, agricultural industry players and other
partners. A forum for universities, TVETs, agricultural stakeholders in both private and public
sector is therefore key in achieving the program’s objectives.
The 2nd National forum meeting
Egerton University through TAGDev program has organized a National Forum bringing together
key stakeholders from the 12th – 13th of March, 2019 in Naivasha with the theme: “Sustainable
Development through Innovative Agricultural Training”. The goal of the forum is to contribute to
strengthening of public-private partnerships to enhance agricultural productivity. The one and half
day meeting will involve interesting keynote speeches, presentations from private and public
institutions and various break up sessions each with a specific topic of discussion. In addition,
several universities, research institutions, TVETs, and private companies will showcase available
and ready to use technologies and innovations to boost agricultural productivity in Kenya. The
Cabinet Secretary, Agriculture Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri has been invited as the Chief Guest. The
Permanent Secretary, Technical Education and Training, CEC agriculture Nakuru County, Senior
Program Officers at Mastercard foundation and RUFORUM, Directors from various public and
private organizations, Egerton University management Board are among invited dignitaries. Over
120 participants are expected to benefit from this meeting.
Expected output
It is expected that the meeting will provide an opportunity to foster partnerships for innovative
approaches in agricultural training at Universities and TVETs, showcase available technologies to
boost food security, and to contribute to policy issues relevant for sustainable development