Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT) aims to produce graduates with problem solving skills and apply them to up-scale agricultural productivity, value chain management and improve marketing of agricultural products on both small and large-scale farms. This will contribute towards improving the living conditions of people and creating wealth and prosperity by working either in the outdoors or in the business environment of agricultural and natural resource industry management/supervision aspects, such as human resources, finance, equipment and the environment.
The broad objective of Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT is to create and develop manpower with practical management knowledge and problem solving skills to improve and increase agricultural productivity, expand marketing processes and trade. The ultimate goal is to attain development in rural communities with sustainable balance of natural, and environmental resources and agricultural production systems.
At the end of Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT the graduates should be able to:
(a) Demonstrate the importance of agriculture in the national economy with particular importance to its contribution to development among rural communities in Kenya.
(b) Integrate the contribution of environmental and natural resources to sustainable agriculture and rural development
(c) Apply the acquired knowledge and practical skills to up-scale agricultural productivity, supply chain management and improve marketing of agricultural products on both small and large-scale farms.
(d) Make use of the problem solving skills acquired to participate in creating a policy environment to sustain an integrated continuum of our agricultural systems from utilization of resources, production, processing and manufacturing, marketing and consumption of food products.
(e) Participate in international research, outreach programs and teaching in various aspects of agricultural economics and management. These activities inform our domestic efforts and enable us to address important problems and opportunities in Kenya’s food, agriculture and natural resource sectors.
(f) Promote environmental and natural resource conservation by encouraging and effecting policies and practices that minimize soil erosion and pollution.
A candidate wishing to be admitted into the Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT must satisfy the minimum University entry requirements and Faculty of Agriculture regulations.
In addition to the above, the candidate must have obtained a minimum aggregate mean of C+ (plus) and a C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics Physics/Geography/Agriculture OR C (plain) in each of the following subjects: Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics/Geography/Agriculture or any of the Group IV subjects at K.C.S.E. or an A Level equivalent.
Alternatively, admission shall be granted to holders of Diploma in Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Health, Animal Production and Husbandry, Farm Management or other equivalent qualifications from institutions recognized by JKUAT (with credit and above) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology or from other institutions recognized by the University Senate. Such candidates shall enter the programme at the second year of study unless otherwise specified by the Faculty. Holders of a pass diploma with 2 years relevant experience may be admitted in 1st year of study.
The duration of study for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT), shall normally extend over a period of four but not more than five and six academic years. The academic year shall be divided into two semesters.