By James Wakahiu
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has signed a deal with Fukuoka University, Japan to undertake technology transfer in solid waste management.
The pact comes in the wake of successful piloting of the Semi-aerobic landfill technology, also known as Fukuoka Method Landfill in Kiambu County.
The initiative sponsored by the UN-Habitat and JICA has seen Kiambu County become a model in solid waste management.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Professor Mabel Imbuga praised the initiative saying that students from JKUAT and Fukuoka University were set to exchange ideas on how to manage waste materials.
‘We are looking forward to starting a center of excellence and a curriculum on waste management. This will also help our students conduct intensive research to expand the knowledge base which will not only benefit Kenya and Japan but the world at large”, said Imbuga.
Speaking during agreement signing ceremony between the two universities, Prof. Yasushi Matsufuji from Fukuoka University’s Faculty of Engineering said the technology which was developed in Japan in 1975 has won praise for its simplicity and cost effectiveness.
“It is a sure way to help Kenya manage the menace of solid wastes using little money, materials and manpower,” he said.
Kiambu County Deputy Governor, Gerald Githinji said the County had prioritized waste management programmes and was looking to adopt the Fukuoka Method Landfill.
He urged the two universities to mount training and research on solid waste management, which he said remained a core development concern as only 34 per cent of Kenyans have access to sanitation facilities