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African Drylands Institute for Sustainability
College of Agriculture and Veterinary Science
University of Nairobi
P.O. Box 29053 00625
Nairobi , Kenya /
Tel: 254-020-2133086
Fax: 254-020-632121

The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystem and Societies (CSDES) is hosting a team of faculty members from Colorado State University (CSU).  The main objectives of the CSU visit is to: assess Open Distance Learning/E-learning facilities at University of Nairobi Kikuyu campus, Kibwezi field station, Isiolo and Samburu; to review and develop dryland curriculum;

The Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystem and Societies (CSDES) has moved to cement its partnership with Colorado State University (CSU). This follows a series of teleconference calls on e-learning and USAID management and resource development portal. The conference call held on 11th September 2012 was aimed at discussing RM Portal system online, demonstrating the full capabilities of the system, and pointing out shortcomings and the creation of a new course on RM Portal. CSDES is hosted at the University of Nairobi (UoN) in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT).

During the teleconference call the two institutions sought to review the current CSDES clientele, potential CSDES clientele and potential ways of facilitating dryland community and practitioner access to tertiary education. The two teams from Colorado and Nairobi also engaged on the prospects of developing curricula related to drylands, sustainability for diverse audiences and creating the next generation of leaders in sustainable drylands.

The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems & Societies (CSDES) staff attended USAID/Kenya Agriculture Business and Environment Office (ABEO) quarterly partner’s forum held at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in Nairobi on 7th September 2012.

Ten students have successfully completed their three months internship program at the various organizations where the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) posted them. During an internship evaluation seminar held at CSDES offices, speaker after speaker praised the program noting that it had significantly made a difference in their academic lives and in understanding dryland management issues.

The second in a series of seminar organised by the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies in the Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), the seminar on soil was a roaring success.

In a bid to enhance more collaborations and partnerships with institutions engaged in education, research and action supporting dryland communities, the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) has initiated talks with Practical Action.

Speaking in a meeting held on 10th August 2012 at the CSDES’ office, Grace Mukasa, Practical Action Regional Director, who was accompanied by Mr. Willy Tuimising, team lead on food and agriculture, said that Practical Action is looking forward to a strategic partnership with CSDES. The aim of the partnership is to come up with practical solutions for problems facing communities today. Some of the areas she identified for possible partnerships included; joint research and documentation of best practices, engagement of policy makers, joint fundraising, curriculum development and sharing of contacts.


Prof. J.T.Njoka, CSDES Coordinator looks through some of the books donated to the Centre by UNDP

The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) held a very successful seminar on 13th July 2012 aimed at discussing the viability of adopting REDD+ as a conservation measure in the country. REDD+ stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries. The Seminar was held in the Seminar room at the Department of Clinical Studies, College of Agriculture, University of Nairobi.

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