SEMIs building at College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS). Initiated in 2010, through financial support of Programme for Africa’s Seed Systems (PASS), the institute’s main objective is to actively contribute towards alleviation of food and nutrition insecurity and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.
Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs) will officially be launched on Monday, January 30th 2017. The launching will be done by the University of Nairobi Chairman of Council, Dr. Idle O. Farah; who will also be the event’s guest of honour.
SEMIs was initiated in 2010 through financial support under the Programme for Africa’s Seed Systems (PASS) of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). It is a collaborative project between University of Nairobi, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Iowa State University (ISU), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Kenya Seed Company Ltd. (KSCo), Agricultural Consultants, and private and public institutions involved in seed production.
The main objective of SEMIs is to contribute towards alleviation of food and nutrition insecurity and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa. This is achieved through provision of skills to personnel in seed industry within the Sub-Saharan Africa so as to enhance seed production and delivery systems. In that regard, SEMIs has been running the following seven short courses:
The project has trained personnel from over 17 African countries representing over 114 seed companies. The beneficiary countries include Mali, Burkina Faso, South Sudan, Sierra Leon, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Niger, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Congo DRC, and Mozambique. Knowledge gained by the trainees has resulted in increased production and availability of quality seeds by the respective companies to growers and local farmers.In addition to the short-term courses, On the other hand, SEMIs supported the development of postgraduate training course in Seed Technology and Business Management. The M.Sc programme has trained 11 beneficiaries from South Sudan, Tanzania and Kenya under sponsorship of AGRA.
SEMIs facility comprises of seed laboratories, seed processing factory, seminar rooms and offices. The seed processing factory offers seed processing services to small seed companies.The project also multiplies breeder seed of six released bean varieties namely, Kenya Wonder, Kenya Sugar bean, MieziMbili, Super Rosecoco, Kabete super and Kenya Red Kidney. These bean varieties are licensed to Kenya Seed Company and Elgon Kenya Limited.
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