MKU has been picked as lead organization in the implementation of the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP). Prof John Nderitu, MKU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Development, is the principal investigator in the initiative meant to enhance production, value addition and marketing of indigenous vegetables among smallholder farmers in Kenya. These indigenous vegetables include cowpeas, spider plants, nightshades, amaranth and pumpkin. “Horticulture is among the four key sub-sectors in the Kenyan agricultural industry, contributing 36% of total GDP and 38.5% of exports,” says Prof Nderitu. “It grows at between 15-20% annually.” Prof Nderitu is a foremost expert in crop production and agriculture. KAPAP will seek to increase supply of seeds to farmers, reduce post harvest losses and develop markets for farmers. The project will be implemented in Butere/Mumias, Kakamega County.
Others in the project are University of Nairobi, Chuka University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University, Egerton University, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Research & Development Institute, and East Africa Nutraceuticals.