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Bachelor of Agri-Technology and Food Systems

Bachelor of Agri-Technology and Food Systems

Duration: 4 Years

Start Date:

Mode of Delivery: Online

Application Due: Open



The Bachelor's program in Agri-Technology and Food Systems represents a comprehensive educational endeavour meticulously designed to cultivate knowledgeable, skilled, and innovative agricultural professionals. These individuals are equipped to address the intricate challenges confronting agricultural production and food systems, with a focus on sustainable development and prosperity. The curriculum imparts fundamental concepts and principles related to agricultural systems, the role of agriculture in fostering development, employment prospects within the agricultural sector, bioinformatics, biological databases, sequence analysis, and phylogenetics.

Career Prospects in Agri-Technology

Graduates of this program can explore a variety of rewarding career paths, including:

  • Precision Agriculture Specialist
  • Agricultural Data Scientist
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Aggrotech Product Manager
  • Aggrotech Sales and Marketing Professional
  • Aggrotech Consultant

In sum, the bachelor’s program in Agri-Technology and Food Systems seeks to equip students with a profound understanding of agricultural principles and empower them to drive innovation and sustainable development within the agricultural sector, fostering a brighter future for agriculture on both local and global scales.

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Programme Structure

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will have attained the following competencies:

  • Profoundly articulate pivotal agricultural principles and perspectives across national, regional, and global contexts.
  • Apply their acquired knowledge and skills to harmonize agri-food systems with sustainable enterprise development.
  • Foster employment opportunities by engaging with both public and private stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
  • Effectively employ modern and intelligent technologies and methodologies to promote sustainable agricultural production.
  • Engage in advanced research within the realm of Agri-technology and food systems.
  • Cultivate innovation through entrepreneurship acumen and the application of sustainable solutions to address emerging challenges in agricultural production and food systems, thereby generating income. 

Total credit hours and course units required for graduation

The programme shall be offered in 8 semesters. The minimum total courses for the programme are 48. The minimum total course credit hours required for graduation is 144 hours.

Admission Requirements

A candidate must satisfy the general University admission criteria for undergraduate programmes.

  • A mean grade of C+ and above at KCSE  OR
  • Diplomas or professional qualifications  OR
  • A certificate of foundation or bridging courses from recognised institutions  OR
  • A portfolio for the purpose of recognition of prior learning  OR
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 1 principal  OR
  • A bachelor’s degree from an institution recognised by Senate.

Regulations on Credit Accumulation and Transfer

Credit Accumulation

Regulations on credit accumulation, including possible pathways, shall be in line with the provisions of Universities Regulations, Universities Standards and Guidelines, and general national trends.

Credit Transfer

A candidate may be allowed to transfer credits from part or all of the coursework requirements if the senate is satisfied that the candidate has completed and passed the prescribed courses(s) at the undergraduate level from accredited institutions and programs recognized by the senate. Any course considered for credit transfer must have been completed at an equivalent level and in an equivalent institution, with a minimum grade of 50%.

Guidelines For Transfer Of Credit/ Exemptions

A candidate may be exempted from degree level courses if the Senate is satisfied that the candidate has completed a similar course at the Diploma level from a recognized institution. The general rules governing credit transfers and exemptions will apply. In addition, the following rules apply:

  1. Must meet the requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Data Science program.
  2. Must obtain and submit an official transcript from the previous university/college indicating academic status, courses offered, credits units completed, and grades obtained.
  3. Will be allowed to transfer/exempt credits earned from the courses described, but only up to 49%.
  4. If permitted to transfer/exempt, he/she will not be permitted to transfer units in courses in which he/she received a pass mark of less than 50%.
  5. All applications must be accompanied by recommendations from the institution from which he or she is transferring.
  6. The school will evaluate the application and make recommendations to the Sen- ate.

Student Assessment Levels

Student Assessment at programme level

The course will be assessed through:

  1. Content embedded quizzes
  2. Online practical work
  3. Open book tests
  4. Project reports
  5. End of course online examination

The projects will be assessed through e- portfolios. Students will present their work to an evaluation panel. All students’ work will be checked for plagiarism. The students should be logged in with the university provided login details in order to carry out any task.

Countinous Assessment

Tests/Tasks: 50%

Examination 50%

Programme Courses

Introduction to Agriculture Principles of Animal Production
Introduction to Agro-climatology Principles of Soil Sciences
Introduction to Agricultural Land Management Principles of Agribusiness
Introduction to emerging farming systems Principles of Agricultural Economics
Introduction to ICT in Agriculture Principles of crop production
Introduction to food losses and waste in agricultural systems Agricultural statistics I
Ecosystem services and conservation Waste management in Agricultural systems
Soil Health and Management Industrial Attachment/Field Practice I
Food processing and preservation technologies

Animal Feed and Nutrients

Soilless cultivation for sustainable crop production Agricultural Information and communication
Climate Change and Sustainable Development Plant Health Management
Technologies in agriculture Crop Pest Management
Introduction to Research Methods
Agricultural statistics II
Animal health and management Farm planning, accounts and record keeping
Food cultures and nutrition Industrial Attachment & Field Practice II
Food safety in Agricultural systems and traceability Agricultural Marketing and markets
Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Crop Disease Management
Agricultural policy and law Water management and irrigation systems
Processing of plant and animal products Linear Modelling
Regenerative Agriculture Animal Biotechnology
Organic farming and Markets Enterprises in Aquaculture
Horticultural  enterprises Food fraud and food defense
Commercial production of Herb and spices Circular economy in Agricultural system
Innovations in the management of postharvest losses in agri-systems Food Safety, Standards, and Certification
Climate Smart Agriculture and Technologies International trade in agricultural commodities
Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture Renewable energy systems  in agriculture
Poultry Enterprises
Research  Project


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