On February 25th 2013 an MoU was signed been signed between MMUST and Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI). KEFRI is the national institution mandated to carry out forestry and related research under an Act of Parliament of Kenya. MMUST and KEFRI are now working on the modalities of implementing the MoU.

Signing and exchange of MoU between MMUST VC-Prof. B.C.C. Wangila and KEFRI Director-Dr. B. Chikamai

MMUST through CEKATFOS was awarded a certificate of recognition on January 30th 2013 by the French Embassy, for heading” Popularization of Science in Schools-PROJECT- in Western Kenya. This is the promotion of the establishment of Science Clubs across the country with the help of former Kenyan students in France- Embassy of France in Kenya and Association of France Alumni in Kenya (AFRAKEN)- The Project on Agroforestry in Likuyani Secondary School-Lugari aimed at understanding Agroforestry Practices in Lugari District from April 2012 to December 2012. (see poster link)

Columbia University (CU) of the City of New York will be sending three (3) MSc/PhD students for fieldwork in Kakamega Forest for three (3) months. This is a continuing collaboration implementing the MoU signed between MMUST and CU in the year 2010. Also in April 2013 CEKATFOS will host Ms. Sue-Jen Roberts for one month as she carries out her research in Kakamega Forest. This is part of the same collaboration. She will be donating a number of books to the Centre.

CEKATFOS continues to collaborate and receive technical advice from the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). CIFOR is one of the 15 global organizations under the umbrella of Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with funding mainly from the World Bank. CIFOR has given USD 1,000 to help in the planning of the rebranding workshop of CEKATFOS.

CEKATFOS led a team of researchers in writing a proposal to MMUST-University Research Funds 2012/2013 FY. A grant of 1,800,000/- KES was awarded to carry out research on Trends and Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover changes around Kakamega and Tiriki Cultural Forests.

CEKATFOS is actively involved in the implementation of the project “Streamlining GIS teaching while emphasizing a regional focus”. A German-Ugandan-Kenyan university cooperation (UnivGisKoop). A Project by Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) – GERMANY, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), KENYA, Makerere University (MAK), UGANDA.The UnivGisKoop project seeks to streamline up-to-date GIS teaching into existing curricula structures across various departments by integrating geodata use applications of regional relevance into selected undergraduate and graduate courses. This includes the development and implementation of adequate modules supporting a wide-spread application of GIS in the study fields offered.

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