The Dairy and Food Science and Technology department was started in 1963 through the effort of four organizations.
The Freedom from Hunger Campaign committees of Guildford and Humbeledon villages in England provided the funding, the UNICEF identified, purchased and provided the equipment, the FAO provided the personnel and the Kenya Government provided the land on which the institute was built.
The Dairy Institute was established to train Dairy Technologists for all English speaking countries of Africa.
Kenya was selected to host the institute because she had the most developed dairy industry in Africa outside South Africa. We have trained students from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia.