Researchers: Coconut Resources are Under-utilized in Kenya

One of the major challenges facing the coconut sector at the Kenyan Coast is the under-utilization of coconut resources to spur manufacturing in Kenya. Where attempts to utilize the coconut resources have been made, “it has been done using traditional approaches that are not informed by scientific and technological innovation.” This is according to the […]


Suitably qualified candidates are invited to carry out research at the MSc and PhD levels, under the National Research Chair in Manufacturing which is being implemented by Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) through the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). The […]

Experts crack the coconut value chain woes to boost productivity

Farmers and small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the coconut value chains at the Kenyan Coast have attributed lack of business skills, markets, value addition technologies; poor quality products and stiff competition from established processors and exploitation by Tanzanian brokers as major obstacles to the full exploitation of the coconut crop through value addition. […]

NACOSTI: Research Outputs Must Impact Kenyan Populace

The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) has challenged researchers working on the national development priority areas in institutions of higher learning and other research organizations in Kenya to ensure research findings and innovation outputs especially those supporting the Government’s Big 4 Agenda, reach Kenyan communities in order to impact the population. Dr. […]

Building Capacity for Kenya’s Coconut Industry

Student beneficiaries of the Manufacturing Research Chairs Programme research grant presented their academic progress report on Monday October 22, 2018 at JKUAT. The ten students drawn from Moi University, University of Nairobi and JKUAT are currently studying various subjects related to the coconut value chain. The Programme Chair, Prof. Bernard Ikua said the masters and […]

Hope for Coconut Industry as NACOSTI Launches Research Chair

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has won a competitive bid to spearhead an ambitious innovation and technology transfer initiative aimed at fostering agro-processing in the coconut industry. As a Research Chair on Technology and Manufacturing, JKUAT is expected to design and develop tools and machines for production and commercialization of coconut. The coconut […]