Brother Tony Dolan conferred with Honorary Doctor of Science degree by University College Dublin

Br. Tony Dolan awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degree acknowledging his enormous contribution to sustainable agriculture and agricultural education in Ireland, Kenya and Uganda since 1971. 

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Tony has improved the livelihood of thousands of people in Kenya and Uganda through the promotion and teaching of practical and grounded actions for sustainable agriculture.  

Br. Tony travelled overseas in 1978 and since then has dedicated himself to improving the livelihood of the people of Western Kenya and Northern Uganda through educating and supporting them to achieve sustainable systems of farming.

Br. Tony Dolan graduated from UCD in 1971 with a degree in agriculture. Following graduation Br. Tony started teaching at Mountbellew Agricultural College and within two years was appointed Principal to the College, a position he held until 1989. At Mountbellew he led the development of new dairy and beef units and associated training enabling many young farmers to successfully navigate their way through a rapidly modernising time in agriculture.

In 1989 Br. Tony moved to Molo, Western Kenya and took on the role as Principal at Baraka Farmers’ Training Centre. A chronically poor and agriculture-dependent region of Kenya, Br. Tony helped bring about a new and vibrant meaning to the role of agriculture as the basis of social and economic wellbeing. He successfully guided the upgrading of the centre to an Agriculture College that has more than 2000 graduates to date. The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development curriculum developed at the College was accepted by the Kenyan Government as a nationally accredited training course, helping many young men and women contribute to development in their local communities.

In 2009 Br. Tony moved to a challenging region of Northern Uganda to help the people of this region along with refugees from South Sudan. Through the trust of local farmers, Br. Tony and his colleagues acquired land and established an agricultural and rural development training centre. Adraa Agricutlure College started training in 2012 and now has an intake of 1200 students per year on 4-6week courses, equipping them with the skills to increase food production in a sustainable way.

Commenting at the Conferring Ceremony, Prof. James Kinsella, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science said “Br. Tony has been 20 years ahead of his time with the promotion and teaching of sustainable agriculture in Kenya and Uganda. This honorary doctorate acknowledges Br. Dolan's exceptional and wide-reaching achievements in agricultural education. However, the true contribution of Br. Tony is best seen in the powerful combination of intelligence, rigor, integrity and sheer humanity which he brings to his work. His journey and achievements in agricultural education to this point have been both remarkable and understated and it is very appropriate that we now get a chance to acknowledge these achievements.”

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Valerie Abbott, UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science

Email: valerie.abbott@ucd.ie | Mobile: 087 4498883