Baraka Agricultural College (BAC) was founded in 1974 by the Catholic Diocese of Nakuru to educate and train the newly settled farmers of the then Rift Valley Province in Kenya. Since 1976, the college has been under the management of the Franciscan Brothers.
To respond effectively to the rapidly changing social and economic conditions and needs of increasing number of small-holder farmers in the region, Baraka College curriculum has been promoting sustainable agriculture and rural development (SARD) in Eastern Africa. Today the mission of Baraka College is to promote SARD in Eastern Africa through the process of dialogue, participatory education, training and research.
Baraka College has based its philosophy on reality that every human person is a unique individual with a right to an environment in which s/he can live with dignity. It is based on the desire to bring “good news” in a practical way to all people, especially the poor. Based on the social teaching of the church, the college endeavours to serve all people irrespective of their religion or ethnicity. All college programmes focus on recognizing human potential, natural resources and the environment as the foundation of economic and social activity. In striving to fulfil its mission, Baraka Agricultural College offers several programmes all of which focus on empowering rural communities in Eastern Africa.