Extension and Outreach
Prof. Bockline Omedo Bebe, PhD
Deputy Director, Extension & Outreach,
Research and Extension Division
P.O. Box 536-20115
Mobile: +254 721 853999/
About Extension and Outreach
Egerton University's Extension disseminates research based information, innovations and technologies to stake holders who include policy makers in public and private sector, farmers, industry, youth and women groups and students, among others.
Extension and Outreach programs
- University funded: These programs are identified and implemented by the Division based on community needs. some of them are designed to fulfill specific mandates and could originate from suggestions/proposals made by department, faculties and institutes.
- Donor funded: These programs are identified implemented by the Division based on community needs but are funded by development partners.
- Community initiated: These programs initiated by the communities who approach the university for technical support.
- Collaborative: these programs initiated by the university and her collaborators who may include county governments, constituencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), Training institutions and Campanies, among others.
Extension and outreach activities (2013/2014)
Community empowerment activities implemented in 2013/2014 to attain development outcomes focused on increased farm productivity, product quality, market access, nutritious safer healthy food consumption and sustainable management of natural resources, among others.
- Extension materials targeting indigenous chicken and quail enterprise were developed and distributed to the public.
- An Effective egg incubator for handling and brooding chicks was bought by the University for Njokerio Self - help Poultry group to enhance their ability to produce and supply more chicks for domestic consumption and income generation.
- Seeds of Gold Magazine: The University partnered and continues to partner with the Nation Media Group in disseminating agricultural information, technologies and innovation every week through the Saturday Nation's Seeds of Gold Magazine. Issues of this Magazine have become very popular with the public across the country and members of the public ask many questions seeking further clarification and advice. A team of Egerton Scientists and researchers usually respond to these questions by giving appropriate advice.
- Youth empowerment: This was done by training on experiential and motivational learning in which the youth were encouraged to practise team work, good ethics, good work habits, positive attitudes and self reliance. The trainings were done for youth through workshops in Nakuru and Laikipia Counties. The Egerton FM Radio (101.7 FM) has also been used every Sunday between 2pm and 4pm to disseminate youth empowerment messages and to address diverse challenges facing farmers.
- The University supported Kanini Kaseo Self Help Group in Makueni County with twelve water tanks of 4000 litres each to enable them harvets water for both domestic and livestock consumption and for irrigation.
- Environmental conservation by youth and communities in Njoro Sub- County: Youth from one primary school, one secondary school and four community groups were trained on tree nursery establishment and management, seedling production and tree planting.
- A tree nursery of 50,000 seedlings was established within the University to support environmental conservation activities.
- Promotion of newly released bean varieties of cow peas, chick peas and green grams among farmers in Marigat, Rongai and Njoro was undertaken to build resilience to impacts of climate change.
- A medical camp in Kaptembwa village in Nakuru Municipality, which was attended by approximately 1000 participants, was held to offer free medical care to the community.
- Training on climate smart practices in irrigation and fodder production in Rongai and Elementaita, marginal areas of Nakuru County was conducted.
Egerton is engaged in offering consultancy services to national and county governments, NGOs and private sector on competitive basis. The University bided for consultancies advertised in the media requiring youth training, impact evaluation of extension programs, design of dairy processing plant, and development of business plans for Agri-enterprises, management and implementation of irrigation projects and formulation of continental livestock development policies and strategies.