Following the Jerusalem Declaration, an MoU signed between President Uhuru Kenyatta of
Kenya and H.E. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel signed on 23rd
February 2016, the University of Nairobi among other Agricultural, Water and Irrigation
Training related institutions sent top students to the Arava International Centre for Agricultural
Training (AICAT) to study an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture and Agribusiness.
Ten students from the University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Agriculture were among the 120
students flagged off by the former Cabinet Secretary for Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eugene
Wamalwa on July 21, 2017, for an 11-month advanced agriculture & irrigation training in Israel.
The ten students started their training on 1st August 2017 for an 11 months program on
Advanced Agriculture and Irrigation at Arava International Centre for Agricultural Training
(AICAT) in Israel where they were attached to work with farmers in Kibbutz and Moshav Jewish
forms of settlement. The students lived in farms in the Arava region where and were exposed to
the high technologies and the advanced agriculture in Israel.
The UoN students successfully completed their one year practical internship in Israel and
graduated on June 5, 2018. The gender composition of the ten (10) pioneer students for this
program was 7 males and 4 females.
The program has impacted on the graduates’ life in different aspects including socially,
academically, and economically. The students have gained leadership skills and can now
become community leaders and agricultural mentors; they have both practical and theoretical
tools in food safety and security and knowledge on how to successfully establish agribusinesses
and model farms. When they return home, the graduates will easily integrate professionally in
both the public and private sector.
The next batch of 14 students for the 2018/2019 cohort will be leaving for Israel during the week
of July 23-28, 2018. The University is proud to partner with AICAT in this hands-on training
initiative in Agriculture and Agribusiness.