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CSDES Establishes Partnerships

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One of the major objectives of the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Society (CSDES) is to build a hub of information on issues pertaining drylands. It also aims at enhancing the capacity of the University of Nairobi (UON) to produce high-performing graduates and quality, demand-driven research that contributes to more sustainable and productive dryland ecosystems and societies through a partnership with Colorado State University (CSU).

 The Centre thrives to engage into partnership with policy makers, government ministries, department or parastatals, education institutions, International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and Community Based Organizations that deal with dryland issues.

 In the quest to enhance partnerships, the Centre has engaged in partnerships with organizations across the board on dryland issues. Just to mention a few, the Centre has initiated talks with Practical Action, ministry of Agriculture, Livestock ministry, Water and Irrigation ministry and the National Drought Management Authority. CSDES is also in talks with several USAID funded organizations. The Centre has engaged the Kenya Dryland Livestock Development Project, Cross-Project Dryland Consortium, Mpala Research Centre, Meeker Family Fund, Land and Mineral Resources in the EA Community, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Wangari Maathai Institute, Africa Conservation Centre among others.

 The Centre has been able to create a platform for dryland communities and organizations to voice challenges related to drylands sustainability and higher education access for dryland communities.  These partnerships have facilitated the Centre in setting its agenda, short and long term goals, and next steps for research and outreach according to the needs voiced by the dryland communities.

 The Centre has also been able to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnerships between different projects. The CSDES leveraged US$100,000 funds from the Meeker Family Fund & Mpala Research Center to sponsor two graduate and four undergraduate students' education and research activities. 

Frank Otiende a graduate student says he has benefited from the partnership between Mpala Research Station and the CSDES. “While at Mpala I gained a lot of experience in natural resource management, got a chance to interact with many scientist from abroad and taught me new data collection methods for instance the camera trapping technique,” a jubilant Otiende, acknowledged.

Left:  Mr. Willy Tuimising, Practical Action Team leader on food and agriculture, Centre: Prof. Jesse T. Njoka and Right: Grace Mukasa, Practical Action Regional Director Pose for a photo after partnership talks.

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