Cheptebo AIC Rural Development Centre, Kerio Valley, Kenya

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Cheptebo Agricultural Training and Innovation Centre [CATIC] is the formal agricultural training component of the A.I.C Cheptebo Rural Development Centre.  Our vision is ;  

 'To be an agricultural centre of excellence providing practical and innovative training within a Christian context'.  

Residential training courses are based on proven production methods developed on the Cheptebo farm over the past 33 years. The centre specialises in agricultural production particularly relevant to the semi arid areas.Training includes classroom instruction but course participants will spend the majority of the time on practical learning within the project farm.Over 1000 farmers have already completed training modules at CATIC and many have gone on to establish successful farming enterprises.

To view a video presenting the activities of CATIC, which includes interviews with local farmers who have completed a training module, click on the link

Details of the modules currently being offered and the fees schedule can be viewed at the foot of this page. 

Interested organisations and individual farmers considering using CATIC for agricultural training are welcome to contact the CATIC Training Coordinator to arrange a visit to see what is being offered and to discuss  their training requirements. 

Alternatively courses can be booked by phone or email.

Contact details. 

                                  Training Coordinator:   Faith Jepkemoi      Tel. +254 711223572


                                                                                                          Tel: + 254 721343821

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Facilities available at CATIC


The main teaching block was completed in 2016. It provides two well equipped lecture rooms, library/computer room and administrative offices.

Residential Accommodation and Catering

The first 48 bed hostel was completed in April 2018. This can accommodate 24 man and 24 women in separate wings.

 A second hostel of similar size for male students is now planned. Further developments will provide an improved kitchen and student dining facilities.

Introducing our Teaching Staff

Most of the teaching and practical training is undertaken by Cheptebo Farm staff who have many years of practical experience in semi arid  agricultural production and continue to be involved in the running of the farm. The Cheptebo Centre farm is available for  demonstration and to provide practical experience to students in crop and livestock production. Where appropriate, other specialist trainers with particular expertise are brought in to provide training in some subject areas.

Faith Jepkemboi :CATIC Training Coordinator

Specialist Areas. Crop Production, Fruit Production, Beekeeping

Jonah Sawe:   Farm Manager

Specialist Areas : Farm Management, Vegetable Production, Dairy Production

      John Kitilit 

      Specialist Areas : Tree                    Nursery Management, Fruit             and Field Crop Production

Joseph Kimeli    Centre Director

Specialist Area :  Management


External Facilitators                           External Consultants

        Musa Ayabei                                        Samuel Teimuge

        Kilimo Kimutai                                     Joseph Langat

Rev Simeon Kiptum: Centre Chaplain

Specialist Areas: Biblical Principles for Life and Work

Obadiah Kigen: Customer Relations 


Specialist Areas: Life Skills

Training Requirements

At present training is based on 5 day residential modules. These are suitable for Kenya's small scale farmers, NGOs, the private sector as well as for County and National Government staff working in related fields. There is no formal entry requirement to these modules. Teaching is normally done in English and Kiswahili. 
Course participants are expected to attend all classroom teaching and practical sessions. Suitable clothing and footwear for practical work should be brought by participants. All tools and other requirements are supplied.
 As a Christian training centre, all our training and activities are based on a Christian Biblical foundation. This underpins all our activities and daily Bible Study, worship and prayer times take place at which all staff and students are expected to participate. The training is open to those of all faiths and none, but participation in these Christian activities is considered as an integral part of the training course.
 On successful completion of a module a Certificate of Participation is presented at an awards ceremony.
Further information

Click here to view the CATIC Training Module Brochure which gives details all courses being offered in 2019.

Click here for details of Course Fees