Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mbithi, congratulating the good performance during demonstration of the functionality of GIS facility Lab. Alongside is Mr. Isiah Parnell, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy (2nd Right) and Prof. Agnes Mwang'ombe, Principal, CAVS (Left).
The University of Nairobi, through College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), has partnered with United States Agency International Development (USAID) in launching Geographic Information (GIS) Lab.
This event took place at the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and had Mr. Isiah Parnell, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy, as the chief guest and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, as his host.
Mr. Isiah Parnell hailed the project which was one of the many projects undertaken by Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES). He noted that education is one of the most powerful tools for shaping the future of any nation. Further, he acknowledged the fact that the partnership has helped produce well-trained teachers who share their knowledge of drylands management with a new generation of Kenyan scientists and researchers, many of whom come from the pastoralists communities that are most affected by climate change.
The Vice Chancellor commended the strong partnership exhibited between University of Nairobi and Colorado State University (CSU) in implementing the three years project and reiterated the commitment of UoN in supporting the vision and mission of the Centre. He recognized the establishment of the GIS Lab at the University as one that presented a significant step in the use of new technologies to build capacity of students and faculty in addressing emerging issues and challenges facing the Country and Africa as a whole especially in drylands.
On her speech, Prof. Mwang’ombe, the Principal CAVS, reaffirmed the College’s committed to poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods in Kenya and the region through adoption of new technologies in training and research programmes.
‘The College, through the various departments will work closely with other stakeholders, development agencies and knowledge- based institutions taking into consideration emerging global and regional trends to improve livelihoods,’ she said.
CSDES was established at the University of Nairobi in 2011 as a partnership project between UoN and Colorado State University (CSU) that was funded by USAID-HED initiative. It was set up as a hub of collaborative institutions engaged in education, research and action supporting dryland communities so that they can adapt to the many changes affecting their sustainability.
The Centre envisions excellence in the management of dryland ecosystems and societies.
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