Workshop on Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) Collective Action on Transformational Learning

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Fri, 2017-09-29 08:03

Prof Kiama, Principal, CAVS, giving a speech during the workshop. He emphasized the importance of Transformational Learning and Student Leadership Development and termed the meeting as "a gathering of those who care". He represented the Prof. Mbithi, the Vice Chancellor, in the workshop.

 

There are considerable changes in Agriculture and it's products value chains as witnessed locally and globally. The graduate with production or processing knowledge alone will not fit in the current or future job markets as other skill sets including leadership and managerial skills are being demanded by employers handling either local or international markets. These new demands are influencing the characteristics of the current agriculture activities and this will also determine the future of agriculture and allied sectors.

In acknowledging that, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), through Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs), partnered with Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) and Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building (RUFORUM) to organize and host a workshop on Collective Action on Transformational Learning & Student Leadership Development.

With the main objectives being strengthening organizational and individual capacities and establishing the role of local Universities in producing holistic graduates to respond effectively to the current global, regional and national agriculture-related challenges, the workshop provided an opening for students to meet with agriculture-related value chain stakeholders and major researchers.

Speaking during the workshop, Prof Kiama Gitahi, Principal, CAVS, warmly welcomed the participants and termed the workshop as one that presents a platform which shall enrich the expected outputs. He noted that fruitful deliberations from the participants will assist in forming a firm foundation in initiating new curricula and reviewing the existing ones with the ultimate goal of responding towards the demands for market-ready agriculture graduates.

Further, he noted that the graduate with production or processing knowledge alone will not fully fit in the current or future job markets without leadership and managerial skills set that are demanded by employers in both local and international markets. Thus, he called upon the participants to come up with a "Nairobi declaration" whose outcome will be long-lasting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed, 2020-09-30 08:03

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