Garissa University (GaU) is participating in the first Arid and semi-arid (ASALs) conference that is being at Ocean Beach Resort in the coastal town of Malindi.
The four-day conference bringing together 29 ASAL counties and development partners ends on Saturday.
The conference aim at creating a platform for prioritization and realigning od ASALs development agenda with the national development priorities in the coming years.
Delegates at the conference will have opportunity to take stock of opportunities, challenges and progress that will inform development of ASALs.
Change of focus
Garissa university chartered in October 2017, is based in Garissa town in the vast ASALs of Norther Kenya. The immediate development issues it must confront are therefore those of its environment the ASALs, known for among other things its harsh geographical conditions, long history of marginalization and constantly being at war with itself.
Therefore, beyond the common programs taught in universities, GaU plans to create space and time to consider new programs and research directions so as to effectively respond to the needs of the ASALs and by extrapolation of that of Kenya.
This will be done with the big 4 agenda (universal health, infrastructure, food security and affordable housing) in mind. In this regard GaU is planning to pursue in its teaching and research the following areas in the near future:
- DRY LAND AGRICULTURE
- ASALs DEVELOPMENT
- PEACE AND CONFLICT
- TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING
- LINKAGES AND COLLABORATION