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Prof. Omwamba

2017-2025

Center of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management (CESAAM)

Food security

Food safety

 

 

-Food Security and capacity building

Capacity Building and Innovations

Virginia tech

Florida A&M University

World Bank

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Prof. Mahungu

1. HACCP for Sesame seed oil  processing in Ethiopia [USD 39,250 for student expenses]. 2021-2024

1. HACCP & Lipid Oxidation for sesame seed processing.

 

Food Safety for Africa indigenous commodities

 

University of Hawassa, Ethiopia (Abrehet Fisseha)

OWSD = Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World

 

The Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) Value Chain and Microbiological Quality of Crude Sesame Oil, a Case Study in Western Tigray, Ethiopia.Food and Nutrition Sciences, 12, 1306-1325. https://doi.org/10.4236/fns.2021.1212096

 

Assessing the potential of eight iron and zinc biofortified bean (phaseolus vulgaris) varieties as a vehicle for improving nutrition in Burundi [USD 4,411 for student expenses] 2022 - 2023

Impact of beans on Nutrition

Nutritional improvement

 

Makerere University [Dr. Robert Fungo]

CIAT = International Centre for Tropical Agriculture

 

Cooking properties and nutrient retention of biofortified common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) varieties:

The case of Burundi.

Front. Sustain. Food Syst.,

 31 March 2023. Sec. Nutrition

 and Sustainable Diets.

Volume 7 – 2023. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2023.1062978

 

Analysis of vitamin A, beta-carotene and fat in breast - [USD 30,532] (2012-2014).

 

Infant nutrition through improved maternal nutrition

 

University of Emory, Emory, Georgia, USA

[Prof. Amy Girard Webb]

Mama SASHA: Sweet Potato Action for Security and Health in Africa – The International Potato Center (CIP) – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

 

 

Dr. Nduko

2023-2024

Agri-enterprise development

(9.7 Million KSh)

Agribusiness incubation and acceleration at Agricultural Training centres

Sustainable business development that leads to acceleration of incubated enterprises for financial sustainability of 13 ATVET centres. 

 

  • Implementation of business plans
  • Governance and Business training
  • Greening of the ATVET centres to ensure sustainable use of land, water, energy and waste management
  • Capacity building
  • Strategic partnerships and innovation
  • Risk management and emergency response
  • Exchange visits
  1. Prof. Bockline Bebe
  2. Prof. Richard Mulwa
  3. Prof. Joseph Matofari

(All Egerton University)

Micro Enterprise Support programme Trust (MESPT), Kenya.

 

Project reports

 

2021-Present.

Biotechnology research

Establishment of a Regional Research Centre (RRC) at Egerton University. Funder: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).

Establishing a regional biotechnology center to serve the East and Central Africa region

Prof. Ouma Omolo

ICGEB and the Government of Kenya

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Establish labs and project reports

 

2021-2025

Utilization of dairy sidestreams- Circular bioeconomy

A Circular Bioeconomy for the Kenyan Dairy Sector. Donor: DANIDA.

• Assess the types and composition of dairy sidestreams and estimate volumes for circular utilisation

• Assess the technical solutions that can match current and future needs of a dairy circular bioeconomy

• Analyse incentives and opportunities for dairy firms and farms to innovate and develop circular practices and business models

• Analyse policies and regulations for creating incentives and opportunities for value-chain actors to innovative and invest in circular practices.

  1. Prof. Simon Bolwig-Roskilde University
  2. Prof. Peter Ruhdal- Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  3. Prof. Backline Bebe- Egerton University
  4. Dr. Catherine Kilelu-ACTS

DANIDA

https://unepccc.org/project/a-circular-bioeconomy-for-the-kenyan-dairy-sector-valorise/

In progress

 

22-2023-Agri food systems

 In Africa (Amount, £30,000).

Agrifood innovations

Exploration of Antimicrobial Compounds from Edible Insects and Indigenous chickens’ Skin and Feathers for Applications in Food and industry.

 

Identification and extraction of proteins, chitosans and polysaccharides and testing for their possible antimicrobial activities. (Output: Protein, polysaccharides and chitin exudates in form of powder or suspension fluids). 

  • Characterization of biochemical properties of extracted substances to determine their functional and food safety properties.

 

University of Hertsfordshire (Prof. Ren Gaugang)

Dr. Benard Oloo

UK research innovation -Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

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In print:-Potential antimicrobial extractions from chicken by products, egg components and insects

for food preservatives.

 

2020-2023

Agrifood systems

Adding value to the camel milk value chain in Northern Kenya

i) Improved participation of stakeholders to enhance communication and adoption of good milk production and marketing practices.

ii) Creating awareness about new value-added products, such as fermented milk, camel milk cheese, ghee, functional food and nutraceutircal(probiotics) as preservation method for poor quality milk, or milk which is about to spoil due.

iii)Improved cooling and handling practices, including pasteurization or heat treatment of camel milk.

iv) Feed formulations based on natural forage and enrichment for increased milk production for sedentarized and peri-urban camel farmers

  1. Prof. Joseph Matofari
  2. Dr. Aditya Parmar-University of greenwich

African Agriculture Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme of the Government of the UK.

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Under preparation

 

2019-2022

Agrifood systems

Increased stakeholder participation in enhancing food safety in the camel milk value chain in Kenya. 

  1. Corroborate the existing TIMPS and identify stakeholders in the camel milk value chain

2. Sensitize and engage stakeholders in standard food safety and quality procedures along the camel milk value chain

3.Validation and promotion of developed TIMPs for camel milk safety and quality

4.Institute the HACCP system along the camel milk value chain

5.Validate and promote camel milk marketing

1. Prof. Matofari-Egerton University

Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).

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Under writing

 

  1. 2022

Capacity building in the Agricultural sector

Consultancy for the training of existing University and Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) teaching staff in engineering and applied sciences under the faculty of Agriculture of Egerton University (15 MSc & 10 PhD scholarships).

-Training of MSc and PhD students in the agricultural sector

  1. Dr Maina Kariuki
  2. Prof. Joshua Ogweno
  3. Prof. Mary Ambula
  4. Prof. Joyce Ndemo
  5. Prof. Joshua Ogendo

AfDB

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Students graduated

 

2016-2017

10,000 USD

Agrifood systems

Molecular Characterization of the Microbial Communities of Traditional Spontaneously Fermented Milk, Amabere amaruranu in Kenya.

Isolation and characterization of starter cultures and probiotic organisms from traditionally fermented milk products

  1. Moses Sichangi

Global student innovation. Michigan State University Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), USA

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=4474487951511521399&hl=en&oi=scholarr

Molecular investigation of potential lactic acid bacteria starter culture organisms/probiotics in the Kenyan spontaneously fermented milk, Amabere amaruranu

 

 

2015–2017

15,357 USD

Agrifood systems

Molecular Characterization of the Microbial Communities of Traditional Spontaneously Fermented Milk in Kenya

Isolation and characterization of starter cultures and probiotic organisms from traditionally fermented milk products

Zachaeus Nandi

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)

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Spontaneously fermented Kenyan milk products: A review of the current state and future perspectives

 

2015–2017

100,000 USD

Agrifood innovation systems

Grasshopper/ Locust farming as a sustainable feed/ food ingredient source for non-ruminant livestock and humans for enhanced food security, poverty alleviation, and resilience to climate change in Kenya

Growth and processing of grasshoppers into food and feeds

  1. Prof. Joshua Ogendo
  2. Dr Faith Toroitich
  3. Prof. Anthony Kingori
  4. Dr. Oscah Ingasia

Michigan State University Global Centre for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI)

https://gcfsi.isp.msu.edu/about/past-projects/grant-projects/grasshopper-and-locust-farming-sustainable-source-protein-non-ruminant-livestock-and-humans-kenya/

  1. https://doi.org/10.1080/10408398.2017.1365330.
  2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2022.132397
  3. https://lrrd.cipav.org.co/lrrd31/1/shilo31002.html.
  4. https://www.ajcb.in/journals/full_papers_dec_2019/AJCB-Vol8-No2-Kariuki%20et%20al.pdf.
  5. https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=16957162071120881013&hl=en&oi=scholarr

 

2014-2019

Agrifood systems

Design, construction and installation of a vegetable and fruit processing plant at Gilgil (already installed and working).

Design of a food processing factory

  1. Prof. Robert Gesimba

Ministry of defense-Kenya defense forces

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  1.  

Dr. Oloo

22-2023-Agri food systems

 In Africa (Amount, £30,000).

Agrifood innovations

Exploration of Antimicrobial Compounds from Edible Insects and Indigenous chickens’ Skin and Feathers for Applications in Food and industry.

 

Identification and extraction of proteins, chitosans and polysaccharides and testing for their possible antimicrobial activities. (Output: Protein, polysaccharides and chitin exudates in form of powder or suspension fluids). 

Characterization of biochemical properties of extracted substances to determine their functional and food safety properties.

 

  1. University of Hertsfordshire (Prof. Ren Gaugang)

UK research innovation -Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

www.

In print:-Potential antimicrobial extractions from chicken by products, egg components and insects

  1. for food preservatives.