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MSU introduces indigenous food processing

Tinaani Nyabereka
GWERU – The
Midlands State University‘s (MSU) Department of Food Science and Nutrition (MSU)
has introduced a food innovation concept that involves the processing and
canning of indigenous foods.
The
initiative follows the introduction of education 5.0 by the Ministry of Higher
and Tertiary Education which is on a drive to enhance research, innovation and technological
transfer with a problem-solving approach.
Speaking
at MSU 19th graduation ceremony recently, MSU Vice Chancellor, Professor Victor
Muzvidziwa said the development of the concept was focused on the
culture-centric problem-solving.
“In
the spirit of innovation, our department of Food Science and Nutrition has developed
a culture of problem-solving through a concept we call ‘Foonovation’, meaning
food innovation.
“The
process puts into consideration the processing and caning of indigenous foods
that previously no one would have imagined possible. As we seek to excel in
research, this priority area has started to grow and has seen the University
getting 18 intellectual property disclosures.
“We
have registered one patent, filed four utility models with the African Regional
Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and three copyrights with the
Zimbabwe Intellectual Property Organisation (ZIPO). These innovations are ready
for incubation in line with the national thrust of industrialisation,” said Muzvidziwa.
He
added that MSU had secured competitive domestic and international research
grants with 15 being active international grant research projects.
“Our
researchers secured competitive research grants and we have a total of 15
active which include future leaders African Independent Research (FLAIR), Global
Challenges Research Fund UK, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), GMES
and Africa Support, National Institute of Health, Open Society Initiative for
Southern Africa (OSISA), Practical Action, Care International and University Of
British Columbia (PRE-EMPT).
“The
awarding of these grants by international agencies to our academics is evidence
of their intellectual energy and courage which we celebrate
“One
of our academic staff Dr Gift Mehlana’s work on a grant-funded project has led
to his subsequent selection by the International Union of Pure and Applied
Chemistry and the International Younger Chemists Network .this is a strong
endorsement of the international impact of our research in applied science.
“The
name of Dr Mehlana will be etched on the periodic table of young chemists for
the next 100 years,” Muzvidziwa said.
Meanwhile,
6977 graduands comprising 3 348 females and 3 629 males graduated from the
university; marking the largest graduation gathering in the history of MSU.
A
total of 989 students graduated with master’s degrees while three were awarded
doctorates. International graduates from Namibia, Bostwana, Swaziland, Sudan
and Mozambique totalled 100.

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