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The Department of Agriculture was established in 2012 as the NRC was transitioning from operating under a Trust to a University following the Act of Parliament 2011. The Department started with four Themes namely Agriculture, Animal Health Food and Nutrition and Horticulture. The Department has grown to having 9 Thematic Areas which are actively involved in teaching, research and consultancies. The themes are as follows: Agribusiness, AgroFood Processing, Animal Health, Crop Production, Food & Nutrition, Food Technology, Horticulture, Livestock Production and Rural Development. The Department has in recent times also introduced courses such as Certificate in Climate Smart Agriculture, Diploma in AgroFood Processing and a Degree in Food Technology. Besides the generic programs, we also do offer tailor made training programs according to specific client requirements such as SPAG, AIYAP and WIL training projects.

The Department has a total of 32 members of staff where 3 Members have PhD qualification, 15 Masters Degrees, 7 Staff Associates with Bachelor’s Degrees, 6 Technicians with 3 of them possessing Bachelor’s Degrees and the other 3 with Diplomas but currently upgrading to Degree level. The gender distribution is 12 Female members and 20 male members of staff. The Department works closely with Academic Staff from the Natural Resources Department from the same Faculty in order to deliver the various Diploma and Degree courses which are offered.

The Department has a vision to grow and develop within the mandate of the university. In the future, we envisage to develop other Degree programs in order to increase access to tertiary education as well as meet stakeholder demands and market needs. We aim to continuously improve the quality of our training programs and research capacity through:

  1. Periodic Curriculum review and stakeholder consultations
  2. Strengthening effective partnerships with other Departments within the University as well as Other institutions of higher learning within the region
  3. Enhancing the skills and competences of our staff and students through exchange programs and continuous professional development along the University’s priority areas


HEAD OF DEPARTMENT


Naomi Mvula


DEPUTY HEAD OF DEPARTMENT


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DEPARTMENT PROGRAMMES



# Programme Level Years Requirements
2 Diploma in Agro Food Processing Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
3 Bachelor of Science in Food Technology Undergraduate 4 MSCE/IGCSE
4 Diploma in Agriculture Education Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
5 Diploma in Animal Health and Production Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
6 Diploma in Agriculture Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
7 Diploma in Horticulture Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
8 Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Livelihood Security Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
9 Diploma in Agriculture Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
10 Diploma in Agriculture Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
11 Diploma in Agriculture Education Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
12 Diploma in Agriculture Education Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
13 Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Livelihood Security Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
14 Diploma in Food, Nutrition and Livelihood Security Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
15 Diploma in Agro Food Processing Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
16 Diploma in Agro Food Processing Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
17 Diploma in Animal Health and Production Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE
18 Diploma in Animal Health and Production Diploma 3 MSCE/IGCSE