School of Agriculture and Natural Resources
This year 2012 is a very exciting one in the life of our School because we have come full cycle in delivering our programmes.
Since our humble beginning in 2008, SANR has grown from ten students to 189 in the 2012/2013 academic year. The School now offers four academic programmes through eight full-time staff and several adjunct and part-time staff.
Our goal continues to be to build a School with strong academic programmes, a cordial and collegial atmosphere, where each student can become the best they possibly could be, and where we are a family.
Our focus as we progress along will now be on “Strategic Partnerships”. We feel that at this point we have set a strong foundation for curricula and learning. The next challenge is to build bridges with individuals and institutions beyond our boundaries in order to make ourselves better known and to contribute to society. In this regard, some of the initiatives and projects that we are already part of include:
1. Selection by the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE) as a regional Pilot Institution (PI) for Agribusiness Education under the Strengthening Africa’s Strategic Capacity for Impact on Development (SASACID) project, with responsibility to promote agribusiness curriculum development and build strong linkages between businesses and students/lecturers;
2. Membership in the Agribusiness Incubation Trust (AgBIT) Consortium whose objective is to develop agribusiness incubators to promote entrepreneurship along the mango with emphasis on fruit processing. This project is funded by the Dannish government and managed by Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA);
3. Partnership in the Southern Africa Science Services Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Management (SASSCAL) project. We have three tasks to: set up a Soil Analysis Laboratory, set up a Bee Keeping Training Centre, evaluate water quality in the Kafue Basin. The project is under funding from the German government to the Government of the Republic of Zambia.;
4. Partnership in the Tertiary Engagement Network (TEN) food security project with responsibility to work in a local community on climate change adaptation and food security issues. This project is funded by Irishaid with National University of Ireland Maynooth as Lead Partner; and
5. Leading a bio-gas waste management project to be undertaken with Kabwe Municipal Council. Funding for this project is from the Interim Environment Fund in the Ministry of Environment.
As we start the new Academic year 2012-2013, I wish to welcome all the new students to the School, and again congratulate our first stream of Graduates. We in SANR are enthusiastic about this year ahead of us, and we look forward to serving you according to your need. Whenever you are in our neck of the woods, do take a moment to visit with us.