The Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources was established in 1992 as one of the first two faculties. At its inception, the Faculty was offering a four year Bachelor Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources degree. After a curriculum review the degree was restructured to a 3 year programme with majors in crop production, horticulture, animal production, and irrigation and water management. The Africa University Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Agriculture and Natural Resources is a unique blend of theory, practical training and exposure to continental issues. The programme prepares young women and men for careers and contributions in agricultural production, processing, marketing, policy, management, teaching, research, development and service. In response to the growing challenges of environmental degradation and food insecurity, the faculty introduced a B.Sc. Programme in Natural Resources Management. The new degree programme prepares young women and men for careers and contributions in Environmental Management, Wildlife, Forestry and Fisheries Management, In addition, the B.Sc. Agribusiness Management degree program was added in order to train students to operate small businesses in agriculture. The first graduate programs were introduced in 2001. The Faculty started with the Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Crop Production and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degrees.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Africa University seeks to promote a holistic approach to life and recognize the sacredness of our environment. It intends to achieve this by establishing a dynamic community of learning committed to teaching, research and outreach by addressing the challenges of food production to meet the nutritional requirements of Africa and encouraging income generation to improve the quality of life of current and future generations through improved agricultural practices and the sustainable management of natural resources..
- Preparing men and women for careers and contributions in agricultural production, processing, marketing, policy, management, teaching, research, development and service.
- Bring its expertise to bear on rural and urban development through teaching, research and outreach.
- Creating an understanding of a holistic, integrated systems approach to agriculture and related resource management.
- Complementing and supplementing learning opportunities of students and faculty in universities, colleges and other training institutions.
- Addressing issues of equity and poverty reduction through actions, which affirm the importance of small-scale farmers and other disadvantaged groups and recognizing gender.
- Graduating students who have an appropriate balance between theory and practical application of knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.
- Developing a training process which will produce moral and ethical graduates who possess a willingness to respond to the needs and welfare of people.