Developing countries have recently experienced steady population growth which in many cases has been accompanied by various forms of food shortage and encroachment of vulnerable environments. To meet the challenges of the 21st century, countries have to develop strategies for meeting their food requirement without causing environmental degradation.
The agriculture sector forms the backbone for economic development. In addition to satisfying food needs, agriculture provides employment and raw materials for the industry. Increasing farm productivity is thus the key to addressing rural poverty and improving the standards of living.
Farming has traditionally been viewed as a culture, an art, a science and a business. The tradition association of land ownership for settlement and subsistence of household has maintained the impression that agriculture is, naturally, a way of life.
Despite a lot of efforts at national level to develop agriculture, few individuals have invested in farming as business in the same way as in other sectors. To keep pace with the trends in the global economy, the sector has to be reformed to operate efficiently like any other business. Farm productivity has to be increased through efficient economic use of resources, application of appropriate technologies, entrepreneurship and adequate investment.
The Bachelor of Scinece in Agriculture Programme at Kenya Methodist University (KeMU) is designed
to train agricultural specialists equipped with the basis tools of
business innovation in agriculture.
It aims at developing practitioners
who will be committed to developing sustainable agricultural practices
and who view agricultural production, processing, marketing and
provision of technical services as sustainable business.
adequately prepared to engage in production as self employed
entrepreneurs, to take up jobs in agricultural advisory services,
establish consultancy services, to invest in production, processing or
marketing and to carry out research in any aspect of the sector. The
programme is designed to train graduates to gain an understanding of the
physical , biological, socio-economical and business potentials,
opportunities and constraints in the agricultural sector;
Specific Objectives of the programme
Pre-service candidates/ beginners:
Candidates must meet minimum
university requirement of a mean of C+ (C Plus) in the Kenya Certificate
of Secondary Education (KCSE) or equivalent qualification.
the candidate should have C+ (C Plus) in biology or biological
sciences and C (C Plain) in mathematics and chemistry or physical
Candidates with passes in agriculture will have an added