vcThe Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology has on Thursday July 6, 2017 signed Memorandum of Understanding with Technische Hochschule Brandenburg University of Applied sciences which is based in Germany and Agrokenya, an NGO. This MOU was signed in an effort to ensure food security by increasing potential food production for small scale farmers.An innovative stream water pump is already in place and awaits establishment to see the project kick off. This machine requires neither solar nor electricity to but uses the energy from a flowing river. The pump is expected to be set up close to the village for the maximum benefit of the members of the community. Speaking during the event, MMUST Vice Chancellor professor Fredrick Otieno commended such a move as one that comes at a time when food shortage continues to adversely affect many Kenyans. The VC also urged the members present eliminate in their minds the idea that solutions to problems that we  are facing  will come from other places.  He also urged lecturers from the engineering department to ensure success of the new stream water pump by going back to the drawing board to find out reasons for the success of previous projects and to build up on the same so as to ensure the new pump does not fizzle out.However, the VC challenged both the school of agriculture and veterinary technology and the school of engineering that the questions of availability and price will be key in ensuring higher productivity of the machine. He also advised members present to strive for sustainability and future success of the pump in Kenya.Director of international Linkages Dr Catherine Aura termed the MOU as a realization of MMUST dream to engage with the community. She said that such an MOU will also pave way to allow growth of more than just agriculture but also allow students exchange between these two universities.She also challenged the schools of engineering and that of veterinary sciences to seize the opportunity and utilize it for the good of the community. According to Dr Benadette Sabuni though this pump has been produced internationally it can be customized to fit the local needs and engineers in MMUST can be train and duplicate it for commercial use. All parties present in the signing of the MOU Were hopeful that it will soon bear fruits to aid the needs of the community. However, with efforts and plans in place only time will determine the success of the project.

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