Projects

The Geo-Power Africa Research Project

This is a collaborative research project coordinated by Geothermal Technology Research Institute at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology and partners. The project is funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) programme within the Power Africa project. The collaborating staffs are from other three institutions, which are University of Addis Ababa, Geological Survey of Tanzania and University of Rochester. The project is near its first project cycle year.

 The project will map out potential geothermal systems for supplying small sized units for development and replication at the local community level in areas not connected to the electric grid. The project is expected to identify remote sites within East African Rift Valley system for local geothermal energy development for both Electric power provision and improved water resources management. Already, data collection on hot springs and other geothermal manifestations has been done. The project is also expected to show potential of replicability in suitable areas.

IGGRes/RCMRD/ SERVIR Project

The Vice Chancellor Prof Kioni at the launching of a US AID funded research project at the University The Vice Chancellor, Prof Kioni, at the launching of a US AID funded research project at the University in a workshop on Harmonization of workflow processes in land transactions for the implementation of Land Administration Model (LADM) for Kenya in January, 2015 .

This is a collaborative research project between the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development( RCMRD), SERVIR-Africa which is a USAID research project targeting several countries in Africa and Dedan Kimathi University of Technology's Institute of Geomatics, GIS and Remote Sensing (IGGReS).

The key stakeholders include, Kenya National Land Commission, Nyeri County Government, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, Tana and Athi Development Authority, Central Kenya RCE, Muringato WRUA, Water Resource Management Authority(WRMA), Ministry  of Roads and Infrastructure and Community in the area.

The primary aim of the research is to develop a land administration system that will help in improving land administration, resilience to climate change, managing natural resources, encouraging better management of land to promote sustainable growth and development. The pilot  study area is Nyeri County. A system evaluation and feedback workshop is planned for mid June 2015. This project is due to end by 30th June 2015.

Coffee Tree Nursery

 

Photo of potted coffee tree seedlings in a nursery
 Photo of potted coffee tree seedlings in a nursery

The DeKUT farm has three coffee tree nurseries with a combined capacity of 210,000 seedlings annualy. Each nursery measures 12 meters by 70 meters. The nurseries have been put into production of Batian and Ruiru 11 coffee tree varieties with certified seeds sourced from the Coffee Research Institute (formerly the Coffee Research Foundation).

The coffee tree nursery project was started in 2011 with one nursery. In 2014, two additional nurseries were constructed with funding provided by the European Union and the Coffee Research Institute. The funding from European Union amounted to Ksh. 2,980,000 with a project running for 15 months from November 2014.

The coffee tree seedlings produced by the nurseries are available for sale to cooperative coffee farmers and coffee estates.

For sale inquiries, please contact the Farm Manager:

Farm Manager
DeKUT Farm
P.O. Box 657 – 10100, Nyeri.
Email: farm@dkut.ac.ke or farmmanager@dkut.ac.ke
Mobile: +254 701 782 823

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