NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TRAINING IN SOMALILAND UNDER COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH, OUTREACH AND TRAINING BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI (UON), DEPARTMENT OF LARMAT, WORLD VISION SOMALIA AND THE IGAD SHEIKH TECHNICAL VETERINARY SCHOOL (ISTVS) IN SOMALILAD
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Date and time: 
Wed, 2017-06-28 12:43
Location / Venue: 

AMBASSADOR HOTEL, HARGEISA

Dr. Koech with other parcipants

The University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of LARMAT and  IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) in Somaliland have a collaborative research, outreach and training programme to support rangeland management in Somaliland with the support of World Vision Somalia (WV Somalia).

Prof. Geoffrey Kironchi and Dr. Koech Oscar, from the Department of LARMAT  on 19-24 June 2017 conducted a six days training on Natural Resource Management and Utilization in Somaliland. This was part of the collaboration in training and research to investigate the proper management and utilization of the invasive species Prosopis Juliflora and the use of biotechnology in propagation of Frankincense tree (Boswellia sacra and Boswellia Frereana) with the participation of the local community in Somaliland.  Frankincense tree is known to be of significant socio-cultural value and contributes significantly to the household economy among the communities. The project seeks to enhance its sustainable utilization and management through propagation of seedlings.

Miss Sicily Muchira (Biotechnologist) was part of the training team and demonstrated on the potential of tissue culture in propagation of many tree and crops that are important in Somaliland. She visited the Frankincense tree growing areas with technologist from ISTVS for sample collection and further provided training to the technologists on tissue culture process at STVS. The project plans to support ISTVS with a tissue culture laboratory and already a green house for plant hardening is under construction. The collaboration will build capacity in Somaliland for future research activities. The participants were given participation certificates.

The training covered the following modules developed by the University of Nairobi research team;

  1. Prosopis management and utilization
  2. Frankincense management and utilization
  3. Sustainable Natural Resource Management; land, soil and water)
Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2020-06-30 12:43
Contact Person: 

Chairman, larmat@uonbi.ac.ke