Monday, 24 July 2017

The CMRT project is a collaborative initiative involving Egerton University (EU), the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). The vision of CMRT is to be a Regional Centre of excellence in Agricultural Research Training. Its mission is to alleviate poverty and hunger through enhanced agricultural productivity by increasing capacity for focused research in crop and livestock husbandry. The main objective of the project is to enhance the capacity of National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS) in sub-Saharan Africa to conduct effective crop management and livestock husbandry research.

The Crop Management training component was devolved from the CIMMYT headquarters in Mexico and has been conducted for the region at Egerton University since 1991. The Project also offers a three months course in crop management. Further, several short courses (1- 3 weeks) designed to meet specific training needs of practitioners in the agricultural sector are offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya and other organizations such as CIMMYT, ICRAF, ISNAR, CIAT, ICRISAT and universities.

All the trainings are offered in the Utafiti hall complex within the main campus of Egerton University. Egerton University is the oldest agricultural training institution in East and Central Africa and is located within the Great Rift Valley 22 km South West of Nakuru Town, Kenya. Nakuru is 160 Km, North West of Nairobi. The Campus is set on a beautiful landscape on the western slopes of the Rift Valley at an altitude of 2,240 metres above sea level. It is situated in an agriculturally productive area and has a pleasant weather all-year-round.