PhD Food Logistics and Quality Management, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands, 2010
MSc Food Quality Management, Wageningen University and Research, the Netherlands, 2010
BSc Honours Biological Sciences, University of Zimbabwe (2003)
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The Innovation Hub is a prototyping and micro-factory facility with space for research, exploration, and creation of new ideas, objects, and products. The Hub hosts innovative start-ups by providing office space, laboratories, conference rooms and access to other resources to improve the likelihood of their success. The CITT/Innovation Hub is supported by the university’s faculties (students and lecturers), industry partners and government departments.
The functions of the CITT/ Innovation Hub are anchored around the following five key pillars:
1. Research that solve practical problems.
2. Innovations that sustain and provide solutions to industry and community
3. Transfer of all technologies and innovations developed for the public good and benefit.
4. Commercialisation of the innovations &technologies to generate income for the university and country.
5. All innovations are to be protected: Intellectual Property Protection.
To champion sustainable agriculture related innovations and technologies along the food supply chain – from farm to fork.
To be the best Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer in Sub Saharan Africa with special focus on the development and application of sustainable agriculture related innovations and technologies for the global food industry and related markets.
Collaborate: We create, foster, and develop relationships with industry and communities.
Ideate: We ideate and promote innovative solutions that have an impact on society.
Incubate: We foster and accelerate the growth of agriculture related start-up companies to become sustainable businesses contributing to food and security in Zimbabwe.
We analyze data on recurring insights and patterns to inform the definition of the problem(s).
Prototype and Test: We enable prototypes of design solutions to be user-tested in collaboration with industrial partners.
Pillar 1: Research and Innovation
The CITT promotes problem driven and sustainable research and innovations targeted at promoting food and nutrition security. These researches and innovations cut across the food supply chain; from farm to fork.
Pillar 2: Technology Transfer
The technology transfer process is guided by the technology transfer policy. Some of the developed innovations and technologies are transferred through a license agreement in which the university retains ownership of the intellectual property, while the industrial partner obtains conditional rights to use and develop a technology.
Technology Transfer can be done through:
• Academic collaborations
• Partnership with industry
• Partnership with communities
Pillar 3: Commercialisation
Some of the innovations and technologies developed through the CITT will be commercialised. Commercialisation is one effective method of transferring technologies. A registered company will be formed and used as a vehicle to commercialise innovations and technologies that have high potential.
Pillar 4: Intellectual Property Protection
All innovations and technologies developed at the university should be protected. As such, development of a policy on intellectual property protection is key. Intellectual property rights form a method of protecting intellectual property. There are several way to protect innovations and these are shown in Fig 1.
Sustainable Production and Commercialization of African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs)
From AIVs Seed Systems to Healthier Diets and Sustainable Markets
Traditional societies have always exploited edible wild plants such as African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) to provide an adequate level of nutrition. Indigenous vegetables include all plants that originate on the continent or have a long history of cultivation and domestication to African conditions and whose leaves, fruits or roots are used as vegetables (Ambrose-Oji, 2012).
Upscaling Edible Insect-Based Porridge to Improve Health and Nutritional Status of Primary School Children in Zimbabwean Low Socio-Economic Communities
Child malnutrition in many developing countries is at unacceptable levels, particularly iron and zinc deficiencies. To avoid child malnutrition due to the prolonged droughts and poor agricultural harvests some Zimbabwean rural communities traditionally mix insect powder from either soldier termites or mopane worm with especially finger millet cereal flour to make a porridge they use as an infant complementary food. Although this practice has shown observable nutritional impact in children, the impact of the insect-power enriched porridges on child nutrition has not been scientifically proven yet.