Strategic Initiatives

Strategic InitiativesTea Research Institute recognises the significant role of each stakeholder and industry player in technology development and dissemination.

The Institute has adopted a strong collaborative approach to research and technology transfer.
Every step of technology development and dissemination is undertaken in collaboration with stakeholders.

Necessary structures and frameworks have been put in place to facilitate effective collaborative engagements with key institutions such as:

  • Farmer groups
  • Individual Kenya Tea Development Agency factories
  • Multi-National Tea Companies
  • Public Universities: Moi, Egerton, Maseno, Kenyatta, University of Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Teachnology
  • Tertiary institutions: Eldoret Polytechnic and Bukura Agricultural College
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Other national research institutions: Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenya Industrial Research & Development Institute (KIRDI), Kenya Sugar Research Foundation (KESREF), and Coffee Research Foundation (CRF).

Further, Tea Research Institute is seeking to enhance its scientific capacity through collaborative engagements with well established international tea research institutions such as the Tea Research Institute of Tanzania (TRIT), Ugandan Tea Sector, OCIR-Thé (Rwanda Tea Authority), Council of Science and Industrial Research/Institute of Himalayan Bio Resource Technology –India, Tea Research Institute of China,  National Reserach Institute of Vegetables and Tea Science(Japan) and Centre for Agriculture Biosciences Institute, WEPAL- Wageningen University of Netherlands.

To date, the Institute has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) and Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) and officially gone into collaborative work with some of the above national and international organizations/institutions.