PARTNERSHIP LINKAGES BETWEEN LARMAT, ACRE AFRICA AND AFRICAN COFFEE ROASTERS TO SUPPORT AGRICULTURAL TRAINING AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT FARMERS NEED
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The Associate Dean FOA, Prof. Rose Nyikal, Chairman Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), Prof. Geofrey Kironchi, and Dr. Oscar Koech, a lecturer in LARMAT and Industrial attachment coordinator in the Faculty of Agriculture, on on 29th Jan 2019 hosted a discussion with visitors from Acre AFRICA, Mr. Ian Kopar Oduk, Portfolio Manager, and Mr. Stephen E. Vick,  the head of procurement, Quality Control and Product development, and Jane N. Kamau, Quality Control Assistant from African Coffee Roasters (ACR). Mr. Stephen and  Ms. Jane had visited the UoN to firm up on collaboration in areas of research, training and outreach. These initiatives  will strengthen the need for UoN and industry linkages that is needed to ensure quality training and offer experiential learning students and job opportunities. The meeting agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the collaboration between the two organizations.

Already, ACR has agreed to collaborate with UoN in support of farmer’s soil analysis and extension in areas of their projects, and also to offer internship opportunities to agriculture students in the faculty. The collaboration is envisaged to contribute to improvements in coffee production and coffee value chain development in Kenya.  ACR Mission is to develop the coffee supply chain by increasing efficiency and transparency in coffee trade thus enabling a larger share of the final coffee sales price to reach the East African coffee farmer. Their goal is to sell high quality coffee to our consumers at a fair price while contributing to the development of the producer's business and living conditions with vision to improve the lives of coffee producers and coffee consumers.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2021-12-31 (All day)
Contact Person: 

Chairman,LARMAT, larmat@uonbi.ac.ke