COURTESY CALL VISIT BY AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION TEAM FROM NAIROBI OFFICE AND WORLD VISION SOMALIA TEAM TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, DEPARTMENT OF LAND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY
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Date and time: 
Mon, 2017-08-28 13:49
Location / Venue: 

University of Nairobi,CAVS

Dean FOA, Prof. Kimenju- centre and Dr. Koech-far right with Australian High Commission team from Nairobi office and World Vision Somalia team

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 the Government of Australia through World Vision Somalia programmes.

On Wednesday 23rd August 2017, a lecturer in the department of LARMAT, Dr. Koech Oscar and Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. J. Kimenju had the opportunity to receive visitors from Australian high Commission and World Vision Somalia in the Faculty of Agriculture. The visitors made courtesy call with a mission to appreciate University of Nairobi efforts in promotion of plant biotechnology through tissue culture research. In attendance were Solomon Ngari and Christian Josiah Niamh Dobson from the Australian High Commission and Sabina Kamau, Charles Otieno, Andrew Lanyon, Mackey Kevin and Jochen Schmudt from World Vision.

This was as a follow-up of the aforementioned collaboration research activities led by Dr. Koech on ways to sustainably manage and utilize the invasive species Prosopis Juliflora. Further, the collaboration seeks to use 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 in socio-cultural value and contributes extensively to the household economy among the communities. The first phase of the collaboration program was successful with the development of training modules on Prosopis juliflora management and utilization; Frankincense management and utilization training modules. The development of Frankincense tissue culture protocol was also initiated in the first phase and is almost coming to completion to get to the second phase of massive propagation in Somaliland at ISTVS. The second phase of the project has been accepted for funding and it seeks to support ISTVS with a tissue culture laboratory and establishment of propagation activities for important plants and trees in Somaliland. The collaboration is expected to build capacity in Somaliland for future research activities.

Expiry Date: 
Sun, 2020-08-23 13:49
Contact Person: 

Chairman,LARMAT larmat@uonbi.ac.ke