Agreement will enhance research, funding opportunities
SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER
Florida A&M University (FAMU) Provost Marcella David and Siaya County, Kenya Governor Cornell Rasanga Amoth signed a memorandum of understanding last week that will open the door to enhancing educational and research opportunities between the university and the African county. It also will provide a roadmap for further expansion by FAMU in Kenya and East Africa.
The memorandum of understanding will enhance access to quality education for the people of Siaya County. It also will provide for joint educational and research activities, exchange of students and scholars, and increased funding opportunities for the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences (CAFS) from agencies such as USAID, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other global organizations.
Siaya County is located in the southwest part of Kenya and has a population of more than 840,000. It is one of 47 counties in the nation. Under the Constitution of Kenya, county governments oversee county health services, trade development, pre-primary education, implementation of specific national government policies, and public work and services.
David praised CAFS Dean Dr. Robert Taylor and his staff for forging the agreement that will put FAMU at the forefront of U.S. land-grant institutions in terms of fostering collaborative ventures with African nations.
“Dean Taylor is to be commended for his steadfast efforts to bring us to the point where we can sign this MOU that will lay the groundwork for immense opportunities between FAMU and Siaya County,” said David.
“The agreement is a critical piece of President Elmira Mangum’s vision to have FAMU become a best-in-class, land-grant doctoral research university with an international presence, and to provide opportunities for our students to obtain a global education that is vital for success in the 21st century global economy.”
The agreement also supports President Barack Obama’s initiative to improve food security in Siaya County. President Obama’s grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama, is currently an ambassador of food security there.