Kenya: Egerton University to Set Up Modern Call Centre to Boost Food Security

Egerton University will set up an ultra-modern call centre to link up farmers with experts who will help them boost food production.

The institution has a pool of experts who conduct research on animal, plants and agribusiness practices at the Njoro-based campus.

Egerton University Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof Isaac Kibwage said that the setting up of the call centre is one of the efforts by the institution to help smallholder farmers and other stakeholders benefit from the expertise of the researchers.

“The researchers at Egerton University are perhaps the best local experts in plant and animal production and we want the farmers and other stakeholders along the value chain to utilise their expertise to boost their production,” said Prof Kibwage.

He was speaking at Dairy Training Institute (DTI) In Naivasha on Thursday during the Egerton University Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management (Cesaam) Theses dissemination workshop.

Research work

The workshop is one of the efforts by Cesaam project of getting back key stakeholders recommendations and best practices derived from the results of students’ research work.

“The workshop is aimed at bringing out emerging issues and solutions of the same along agricultural value chains,” said Prof Kibwage.

The stakeholders during the four-day workshop included representatives of smallholder farmers from whom data was sourced, government extension officers from the region of data collection, non-governmental organisations, industry players, academic advisors and policy makers.