Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) have signed a learning partnership to carry out a research in West Pokot.

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The partnership that was signed on Tuesday will see the two learning institutions carryout a joint research in West Pokot with the aim of restoring the degraded drylands in the area.

The project set to be rolled out later to other dry areas also includes among other things, students and staff exchange among the parties included.

Anders Malmer, the director Agricultural Sciences for Global Development (SLU Global) confirmed that the focus of the initiative dubbed: “Triple L,” is to restore the land with innovative strategies in order to increase livestock production as well as improve livelihoods and food security.

JKUAT Vice Chancellor Mabel Imbuga assured that they will support the initiative as its aimed at improving Kenyans’ livelihoods, a mandate the University was committed to achieving.

There is currently an ongoing multidisciplinary course for 19 students from African countries and Sweden in Restoration of Degraded Dry lands with students drawn from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Sweden.

Collaboration between JKUAT and the Swedish University started in 2011, with staff from the former University visiting the latter for short courses.

The university has been greatly involved in coming up with innovations aimed at improving its students’ skills and yielding good results for the country's economy.