Japan has committed to further support Kenyan agriculture, one of the key sectors for the country’s economic recovery and growth amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Japan and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology held an inauguration for an agriculture laboratory building in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resource, newly renovated with Japanese support.
Japan has a long-running and very cordial relationship with JKUAT, dating back to its establishment in 1977 and formal recognition as a university in 1981. During the inauguration ceremony, Ambassador Horie Ryoichi welcomed the progress made in renovating the laboratory, adding that Japan was pleased to continue supporting the development of both infrastructure and capacity at the College.
“I strongly believe that JKUAT continues to play a crucial role for human resource development both in Kenya and Africa as one of the most prestigious and leading universities. It is our pleasure to support agriculture development through JKUAT in Kenya,” he said.
He also expressed the expectation that brilliant students and researchers who study in JKUAT will contribute to the development of agriculture in Kenya and across Africa.
The agriculture laboratory building was renovated as part of Phase 1 of the Africa-Japan project (2014-2020), supported through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Through cooperation between the governments of Japan and Kenya and the Commission of African Union, the project is intended to strengthen the knowledge and skills of students and staff of both JKUAT and the Pan African Union Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) – itself hosted on the JKUAT campus.
The Africa-Japan project also provides support from Japanese experts as well as opportunities for innovation in collaboration with the private sector, including Japanese companies.
Ambassador Horie pledge that Japan would continue to work with Kenya to overcome the public health and economic challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish continued success for further human resource and agriculture development in Kenya and for this project” he said. 5.
Prof. George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, congratulated the completion of renovation of the building, and expressed his strong wills for continued cooperation with Japan for the improvement of education in Kenya.
Amb. Simon Nabkwesi, Principal Secretary University Education and Research, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Vice-Chancellor of JKUAT, Amb. Mahboub Maalim Mohamed, Chairman, the JKUAT Council, and Iwama Hajime, Chief Representative of JICA Nairobi Office attended at the ceremony.