This centre is located at the Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University, Njoro Campus. The purpose of the Centre is to strengthen research and other capacities: Build on existing STI capacity and learning, fostering innovations and agribusiness development; Support respective African Governments to address knowledge gaps and build on existing STI capacity for management of livestock and learning; engage with local decision makers on STI and opportunities and Support and incubate agribusiness.
As a multipurpose Centre, it hosts the following centres:
• The CoELIB Incubar : this is an agribusiness incubator in the livestock value chain with different subsidiaries for different livestock species and products. The Incubar facilitates the development of agribusiness enterprises in the livestock value chain and support growing businesses in a conducive environment linking universities, research institutions and the private sector. In addition it supports curriculum reform and improved delivery mechanism to enhance production of agribusiness entrepreneurs and innovators in the livestock value chain and beyond. The businesses and companies that have been incubated include; Prima Gallus, Milele Feeds, Mazao Millers, Token Network, Ukulima Frontline, M-FUGO and AgriFresh.
• The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) : The overall purpose of the TLC is to enhance the quality of academic programs offered by the Faculty of Agriculture at Egerton University; To be a source of information on current teaching methods, strategies, and technologies; To provide programming to enhance the delivery of course content for effective classroom teaching performance and to champion fundamental changes in the teaching culture among the academic staff. This centre hosts the Studio for Professional Advancement.
• The African Dairy Academy (Dairy Academy) : The academy Works towards strengthening education and research capacities in dairy sciences and Supports and strengthens innovations and businesses within the the dairy sector. The Academy supports the respective African government’s to address knowledge gaps and build on existing capacity and learning. The DairyAcademy is useful because it will improve capacity of Higher Education Institutions(HEI) to undertake multidisciplinary research on Dairy Value Chain and promote evidence-based policy development. The DairyAcademy hosts the African Dairy Sciences Network (DairyNet) (still under development
• Knowledge Centre for Agriculture (KCA) : This centre aims at providing agricultural information and advice to farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry on topics ranging from crop and livestock production to new research and technology, government programs and services, and farm business management.
CoELIB also hosts the Dairy Goat Improvement Centre, a Mushroom Spawn Production Unit, a Demonstration Apiary, a Dairy Cattle Zero Grazing Unit, an Indigenous Chicken Improvement Unit and a Livestock Feeds Mushroom production. In addition it manages a number of projects namely; InCIP, DAIRYCHAIN, DAIRYTRAIN, ILINOVA, USINKEN and VALUELEAD and DAIRYLEARN.
CoELIB has been on the forefront in organising and conducting short-courses on Mushroom production, Apiculture production, Hydroponic fodder production, Small scale cheese production, Artificial insemination in goats, Artificial Insemination in Chicken, Dairy herd management, Value added dairy processing, and Livestock feed processing and feeding systems, Dairy goat management, Indigenous chicken management, Entrepreneurship and Dairy records management. Conferences include; Small ruminant training, the Regional conference on sustainable improvement of indigenous chicken, Summer Schools , the Regional conference on dairy education and training in Africa and the World Congress on Innovations for Livestock Development – for June 2016 – www.wcild.org . Materials developed by CoELIB are; Internship/attachment manual for Egerton University, an Indigenous chicken management manual and a Hydroponic fodder production manual.
The Centre is partnering with the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA), Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education(NUFFIC), European Union, African Union, USDA, USAID, British Council, African Agribusiness Incubation Network, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, Wageningen University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Punjab Agricultural University, Ohio State University, Langston University and Egerton University.