Spotlight: Wilson Tagana, Senior lecturer, Department of Agricultural Science and Technology (AST), Kenyatta University

Date: 6 December 2017

Related Project: Enhancing nutrition and food security through improved capacity of agricultural higher education institutions in East and Southern Africa

Wilson Tagana is a senior lecturer in the department of Agricultural Science and Technology (AST) at Kenyatta University, Kenya. His areas of specialisation are plant breeding and biotechnology. Wilson has been lecturing in various units in agricultural biotechnology and plant breeding since 2010 and before joining Kenyatta University had worked with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) since 1983.

The Project and its relevance
The main purpose of the project was to improve teaching of agriculture in the universities with one of the main actions was to develop a curriculum for MSc in Post-Harvest Technology.
The project is relevant in Kenya because agriculture is the mainstay of the country’s economy contributing 26% of the GDP and employing 75% of the population. The School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development (SAED) of Kenyatta University is relatively new and therefore new curricula are required.

How did you become involved?
I became involved in the project while representing the chairman of my department in the project meeting in Kyambogo University,Uganda from 5th to 9th August, 2015. The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the objectives, status and progress of the project which is being implemented in the region. )

The Project and your role
My department was planning to start an MSc degree in Postharvest Technology. I therefore presented the envisaged curriculum and have been involved in the drafting of manuals and determining the way forward.

What are your expectations from the results?
The project will provide manuals on (i) Analysis of quality teaching in agriculture, (ii) Prospects for national coordinated approach to quality assurance (iii) Regional coordination of quality assurance in agriculture teaching. The manuals will be fundamental in the improved delivery of agricultural programs. It is expected that employers will find students better prepared for the world of work.

Have you identified any impact to date?
Professionally I have been able to learn more about reducing post-harvest losses and improving my skills in teaching, on the way I teach and how I take time to prepare lessons. 


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