University of Nairobi

DFSNT 2021 NEWSLETTER

The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology (DFSNT) is one of the leading Departments in the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi. The Department is located off Kapenguria Road, 15 Kms to the Northwest of the Nairobi Central Business District. DFSNT degree programmes have evolved from one to six; both in undergraduate and postgraduate with a certificate level course in Food Safety and Quality.

Food Quality Management and Food Loss/Waste Reduction in Home-Grown Meals Programme Workshop-Kajiado, December 7, 2021

The workshop brought together stakeholders from Kajiado to discuss pertinent matters on the subject and was led by Dr. Abong, Prof. Ambuko and Prof. Mburu from the faculty of Agriculture. The key issues included identifying key stakeholders and map how the school meals programmes are currently managed, look at drivers and barriers and how the local solutions may be enhanced.

UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI PRIZE GIVING DAY

The Department celebrates the achievement of Ndeme Judith Katumbi who emerged 1st in the whole faculty of agriculture among the 5 departments during the academic year 2017/2018 in the just concluded prize giving day. This auspicious occasion is meant to identify talents and encourage the current group of students to focus and work hard for a better tomorrow.

VILGRO AFRICA HOSTS BOOTCAMP FOR FINALIST INNOVATORS

After 3 months of coaching on business pitching of innovative ideas, Vilgro brought together 5 finalists in a virtual bootcamp to pitch their business ideas for funding. Among the 5 finalists included Pera foods, a start up that is the brain child of Duke Gekonge, a PhD student in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology. Pera foods has come up with innovations from guava (pera) and is seeking to scale up the activities to reach the wider market.

UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI HOSTS VIRTUAL PAN-AFRICAN COVID-19 AND FOOD SAFETY WEBINAR

The University of Nairobi hosted a virtual webinar titled, ‘Pan-African COVID-19 and Food Safety Webinar’ on April 28, 2021. The meeting brought together experts across the African continent (Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Senegal), USA and Denmark.

TRAINING ON USE OF VIRTUAL TOOLS FOR TUDENT INSTRUCTIONS

University staff took part in virtual training to enhance their skills in the use of online platforms as means of students’ instruction. As art of the university enhancement of online learning, this training was held on April 12, 2021. DFSNT academic staff participated in this training.