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MSc. In Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

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ABOUT  MSc. in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Develops human and infrastructural capacity for innovative research, training, technology development and transfer in Insect value chain as a contribution to Food Security and sustainable Agriculture for use as a food resource.

JOOUST criteria for a Master Degree Programme shall apply:

Candidates wishing to pursue a Master Degree in Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture programme at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology must meet the following requirements;

  • Holders of at least Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s degree in Food Security, and other Agricultural and Food Sciences or equivalent qualification from recognized Universities.
  • Holders of a Lower Second Class Honours degree in Agricultural and Food Sciences

related field or postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture, or Agricultural and Food science related fields from any recognized universities and evidence of two years’ of relevant work experience.

This programme is designed for the development of Innovative approaches to food security and Sustainble Agriculture for improved livelihoods

Global human population is projected to reach nine (9) billion by 2050. The highest increase is expected to occur in African countries whose current average population growth is 2.5 % per annum. The largest number of food insecure persons are in Sub Saharan Africa. At the same time, environmental degradation has been on the increase in Africa. Due to a number of factors such as unsustainable food production practices, a reduction to production and provision of proteins, climate change, and inadequate skilled personnel, food insecurity situation has worsened in the last few decades creating uncertainties and pressures on current food and economic systems. .  Several strategies have been developed to combat food insecurity: including SDGs, MTPs, Vision 2030 and Constitution of Kenya 2010. However, there is a dire need to train skilled professionals in food security and sustainable agriculture. The program is therefore designed to develop capacity for innovative research and technology development in food security and suitable agriculture with a particular emphasis in insect value chain as an emerging food resource. Insects reproduce quickly and have high growth and feed conversion rates and low environmental impact. Insects have high protein content and this provides an alternative from the conventional sources such as beef which require high investments. In the development of this program, various stakeholders were involved including community, government agencies, industry, research institutions and institutions of higher learning.

Goal of the Programme

The programme will develop human and infrastructural capacity for innovative research, training, technology development and transfer in Insect value chain as a contribution to Food Security and sustainable Agriculture for use as a food resource.

The programme will develop human and infrastructural capacity for innovative research, training, technology development and transfer in Insect value chain as a contribution to Food Security and sustainable Agriculture for use as a food resource.

On successful completion of the program the students should be able to;

  • Examine national, regional and global policy options for food security in ensuring food safety, availability and nutritional quality of alternative food sources.
  • Illustrate an understanding of strategies used in food security interventions for sustainable agriculture.
  • Exhibit capacity to design and implement innovative contextual agricultural interventions for food security and sustainable agriculture in developing strategies for alternative food sources
  • Conduct applied and strategic research underpinning the development of technologies and innovations to improve the sustainability of agricultural food production systems.
  • Demonstrate skills for networking and establishing partnerships with industry, NGOs and other academic and research institutions relevant to food security and sustainable agriculture.

Academic organization of the programmes reflecting academic quarters/ trimesters/semesters.

The Programme will be undertaken by Coursework, Examination, and Thesis work. The programme shall normally take two years of study. Year one of study will comprise of two semester course work while year two of study will comprise of research and thesis writing. The students shall take five compulsory course units in year one semester one. In year one semester two, the students shall take three compulsory course units and any two other units among the two options provided. The second year of study will be dedicated for proposal, research and thesis writing.

  • Lecturers from the School of Agricultural and Food Sciences as well as from other JOOUST Schools teaching full time will provide lectures and monitor class tutorials. Where such approach is inadequate, qualified part time lecturers will be recruited to support the proposed programme. In addition, lecturers from collaborating universities and research institutions both within and without Kenya, especially in Africa, will be engaged in the Programme as visiting or exchange staff.
  • Regular Program review , relevant stakeholders reviews , departmental and regular School boards, course evaluation, external examiners and moderation during delivery, university policy on quality, CUE standards, ISO standards

 

Year 1 Semester 1

AFB 5111

Research Methods

AFB 5112

Climate Change Causes, Adaptation and Mitigation

AFB 5113

Agro biodiversity Management

AFB 5114

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

AFB 5115

Food Systems and Resources

Year 1 Semester 2

AFB 5121

Statistical Methods

AFB 5122

Entrepreneurship and Value Chain Management in Agriculture

AFB 5123

Food quality, Safety and Risk Management

Option A

AFB 5124

Agri-Food Economics and Marketing

AFB 5125

Agricultural Policy Analysis

Option B

AFB 5126

Post-Harvest Technologies and Value Addition

AFB 5127

Innovations for Sustainable Food Systems

Year 2 Semester 1

AFB 5211

Thesis I

Year 2 Semester 2

AFB 5221

Thesis II

Featured Lecturers

Dr. Ruth Otieno

    Dr. Calleb Olweny

    PhD. Plant Breeding and Biotechnology

      Prof. Christopher Gor

      B.Sc., M.Sc.(Idaho), Ph.D(UoN)

        Prof. Adrian Mukhebi

        Prof. Adrian Mukhebi

        Associate Proffesor

        B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Dip, AF, DFAAAE, MID

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          Featured Students

          BENJAMIN CHANDA

          BENJAMIN CHANDA

          Country: Zambia

            WYCLIFFE ORWOBA

            WYCLIFFE ORWOBA

            Country: Kenya

              OBASO EPHLINE AKOTH

              OBASO EPHLINE AKOTH

              Country: Kenya

                KIPLAT DANSON KIBIWOT

                KIPLAT DANSON KIBIWOT

                Country: Kenya

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