Egerton University has won a prestigious grant after their three researchers brought home awards totaling Sh194,629,346 geared towards developing environmentally friendly bioinsecticide products, mitigating the effects of climate change, and exploring the nutritional value and commercial potential of a local vegetable.
According to Professor Nancy Mungai, Director of Research at Egerton University, the grant will enable them to conduct research that provides sustainable solutions to challenges facing communities in Kenya and beyond.
Prof. Josiah Omollo, an Organic Chemistry Associate Professor, won a $999,516 (KSh128,137,951) ICIPE Bioinnovate Africa grant to develop eco-friendly bioinsecticide products. He will work with researchers from Egerton University, ICIPE, Farm Track Consulting, The Open University of Tanzania, and the University of Rwanda. The grantee aims to combat insect pests and reduce the environmental impact of agriculture by promoting non-chemical pest-fighting measures to replace chemical pest control as a last resort.
Prof. Wilkister Moturi from the Environmental Science department was awarded a 3-year grant of 400,000 British pounds (KSh62,270,000) by the European Commission to develop policies and strategies to mitigate climate change effects, conserve the environment, and promote sustainable development. In collaboration with Sorbonne University in Paris, France, she aims to empower local communities with sustainable farming practices, environmental conservation, and reforestation to protect and preserve the environment. The project will focus on interventions that combat climate change, improve health outcomes, and save costs.
Dr. Miriam K Charimbu's research on the nutritional value and commercial potential of an African Leafy Vegetable locally known as Togotia attracted 32,319.57 British pounds (Sh4,964,995) funding from Innovate UK KTN Award 2022. Her research aims to identify the nutritional value and market potential of Tog. This vegetablethat is native to Kenya and other African countries but is not yet widely known or cultivated.
The grants will enable these researchers to conduct cutting-edge research that addresses pressing challenges facing their communities and the world. The researchers and the university hope that their work wpositively impactt on the environment, public health, and food security, among other areas.
Article by Jedidah Mwangi