The 8th PhD seminar was held on 22nd July 2016 at the Faculty of agriculture, University of Nairobi.

The seminar kicked off at 9.00 AM and it brought together majority of postgraduate students from various departments in the faculty.

Prof. Kimenju, the Dean Faculty of Agriculture chaired the meeting in conjunction with Prof Jasper Imungi.



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Faculty of Agriculture, Room 205
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The Newton Fund supported a workshop on different methods of methane measurements held on 10th  to 11th May 2016.

This was attended by post graduate research students from the University of Nairobi and scientist from Africa at Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK. 



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Aberystwyth University, Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS), UK.
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Attention to all 3rd year 2014/2015 academic year students.

Click here to view the list of special/ supplimentary exams and the subjects to be done.



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Faculty of Agriculture
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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) and partners are glad to announce a call for mobility scholarships for Bachelor-, Master- and PhD students as well as for staff for teaching and training from partner universities Karatina University, Kenya or University of Nairobi, Kenya or University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for studies and teaching at HU within the academic year 2016/17 and 2017/18 in the field of: The Call is financed by the European Union´Programme ERASMUS+,Individual Mobility for Studies, Teaching and Training between Programme and Partner Countries w

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KENYATTA UNIVERSITY, NAIROBI BUSINESS & STUDENTS SERVICES CENTRE
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCE AND CROP PROTECTION

Short Course Training I, 2016

“Molecular Genetics and Food Security” 5th to 9th December 2016



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KENYATTA UNIVERSITY, NAIROBI BUSINESS & STUDENTS SERVICES CENTRE
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND DEPARTMENT OF FOOD SCIENCE, NUTRITION AND TECHNOLOGY

Short Course Training II, 2016

“Network Analysis for Food Security”

13th to 17th December 2016

Call for Application



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KENYATTA UNIVERSITY, NAIROBI BUSINESS & STUDENTS SERVICES CENTRE
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Agriculture Economics Department's Timetables are out. Please Find them in the links below



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KENYATTA UNIVERSITY, NAIROBI BUSINESS & STUDENTS SERVICES CENTRE
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Officials from African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) in a meeting with Faculty of Agriculture members at the 8.4.4 Board room.

Officials from African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) toured Department of Agricultural Economics for the update on Collaborative Masters Applied and Agricultural Economics (CMAAE) program. 



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Department of Agrieconomics
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Announcement of a Short Course Training: 

‘Economic Modeling for Food Security Analysis’



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Department of Agrieconomics
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Speaking during the visit, the head of the inspection team Dr. David Okeyo, who is the CEO noted that KNDI, has a mandate to ensure quality in the nutrition and dietetics profession.  The organization was established under Act, No. 18 of 2007. The organization deals with continuous professional development (CPD) of its members, internship opportunities for students and professional examinations.



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As part of practical learning process, masters students in Food Safety and Quality and Food Science and Technology continuously engage in research and seminars as part of normal class process. This helps develop their presentation and writing skills as they shape their scientific future. Their Lecturer, Dr. Abong place emphasis on practical application of lessons learnt in class.



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Guest lecturers from Ingredion Kenya Limited interacted with MSC Food Safety and Quality as well as Food Science and Technology Students during their chemistry lesson-Carbohydrates, modification and applications as food ingredients. The team of 3 from Ingredion engaged the students in an interactive session where students got to learn various industrial practices



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The National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation of Kenya together with National Research Foundation of South Africa brought together all their current funded groups to share their progress in various projects. The meeting took place in Cape Town South Africa this October. The Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology as well as CAVS was represented by its 4 scientists.



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CAVS stepped up efforts to improve its research strength through enhanced digital information acquisition and use. Thus, a training by Teal group from Cornell University, University of Nairobi and South Africa was organized in September 2016 at CAVS library, attended by staff and post graduate students.



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In preparation for the attachment period that was scheduled for September to November this year, fourth years BSC Food Science and students shared with their junior colleagues attachment experience as well as giving valuable pieces of advice during the industrial training. There is no doubt that this mentorship model bore fruit given the level of interaction that took place.



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Senior FAO advisers in Africa visited CAVS this August and engaged staff and students on issues bordering food security, value addition and agribusiness. Avenues of students’ involvement in agricultural food value chains were discussed an open and interactive engagement

 



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During the 2nd University of Nairobi Innovation week, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology through its value addition activities in dairy and root crops took part this August during the occasion that saw many participants engage members of the University. SPIRIT and Feed the Future Projects also featured in this occasion prominently.

 



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Equity Group foundation engaged CAVS towards realising strong business incubation through various ongoing innovation ideas that are immense and can be tapped from student population. Discussions took place at the faculty board room chaired by dean, Prof. Kimenju. Activities of the pilot plant were seen to be of major importance towards this end.

 



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DFSNT,PILOT PLANT
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In July this year, students from the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology participated in an industrial mentorship seminar delivered by professionals from Ingredion Kenya limited. This seminar focused on job market as well as how different starch products can be used to improve food quality and creation of employment through business opportunities



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DFSNT,PILOT PLANT
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ILRI Campus, CIP board room
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CIP Research Interns Cecilia Wanjuu and Joyce Ndunge



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Nairobi, Kenya
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Makerere University
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NACOSTI organized a national workshop to create awareness on  Sythetic Biology  and the opportunities for Kenyan researchers and students for collaboration under the Internations Genetically Engineered Machine (IGEM) Foundation. The workshop was facilitated by a team from Royal Imperial College , London led by Professor Paul Freemont on February 24, 2016 at Laico Hotel. The Departemnt of Food Science Nutetion and Technology nominated One lectruer and two students  who attended the workshop.



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Laico Hotel
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Prof. Imungi and Dr. Abong’ attended and constructively participated in a stakeholder’s meeting held in Nairobi on 10th February. Following a series of projects run by GIZ and partners in the field of potato, end of project feedback and way forward was discussed and suggested, respectively. Importance of proper and structured coordination and emphasis on nutrition and value addition were given prominence.



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Nairobi
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At the beginning of the Month of February 2016, the department welcomed Researchers from CIP Nairobi and discussed possible research topics and collaboration in post-harvest management and value addition of sweetpotato and related products. At the same time, extension officers from Nyandarua visited the department for consultation on potato value addition where Dr. Abong’ gave the necessary input. The visitors also made courtesy call s to the Chairman of the department. The visits enhances research and outreach activities of the University.



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Nairobi
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Forum members being inducted through private aeroponics facility and next is the affected plant



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Kigali Rwanda
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Section of the project participants (right), some of the packaging and storage technologies used in Rwanda.



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Kigali and Musanze Rwanda
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Dr. Abong meeting and discussing with UFS team



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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Assessment of BSC students in the Department has been ongoing and almost complete. This exercise received support from the administration and staff and has yielded great success. Students are expected to continue with internship as they prepare their reports which should be submitted by 15th September 2015. Click to view Doc



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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Qaribu Hotel, Waiyaki Way, Nairobi,
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Members of NACOSTI and stakeholders during the launch



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Safari club hotel, Nairobi
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Oral Presentation of Proposal of MSC AHN, FST and FSQ first years for the academic year 2014/2015



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ANP Lecture theatre, DFSNT
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Group photo: Training on open data

Staff and students from various departments at the University of Nairobi attended open data workshop conducted on 4th and 5th October, 2017 at University of Nairobi, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS). Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology was represented by Prof. Charles Gachene, Dr. Oscar Koech, Dr. Anne Karuma. Ms Carolyne Kyalo and a post graduate student Ms. Anne rose Mwangi.

The aim of workshop was to create an understanding of the opportunities those data sets, in their open form presents, and to equip the participants with an understanding of how to initiate the process of opening data sets for the creation of new knowledge through data curation.

Target participants were researchers and academics from Kenya. Among the representing organizations were Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KARLO), Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Internal Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) , Ministry of planning and development,



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University of Nairobi, CAVS
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Demonstration of use of a Simple portable miller/chopper that has been designed to mechanize feed value addition at small scale holders

Dr. Koech Oscar, Mr. Peter Kamande and Mr. Peter Mwangi from  Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) at the University of Nairobi, outreached  Marsabit County pastoral community on pasture value addition and utilization. The four days training conducted between 27th September and 1st October 2017  reached out 3 farm groups in Kare, Badassa and Jaldesa areas of Marsabit. The training was supported by ‘Feed the Future Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program for smallholder Farmers and Pastoralists with Technologies and Innovations in Kenya’. The training provided the pastoral communities with technical knowledge on the importance of pasture value addition for increased utilization, ease of storage,  marketing and best feeding technologies for increased animal productivity. This training was delivered in a more participatory way with the inclusion of locally available feed resources and crop residues for value addition.



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MARSABIT, KENYA
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INVITATION FOR  A PUBLIC LECTURE

DATE: September 19th, 2017                                                       TIME: 2.00 pm

GUEST SPEAKER: DR. MICHAEL GOULD

 

Education Manager

Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)

Michael Gould is the Education Manager at Esri. He has over 20 years of experience in teaching and research in Geographical Information System (GIS). He began his career after earning a Ph.D. in Geography (GIS) from the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), University at Buffalo. Gould’s research expertise includes creating Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI); researching standards-based interoperability with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC); and developing geospatial Web services.

Gould has also worked as a GIS advisor to government agencies in the European Union (EU), businesses including ESRI and Microsoft, and nonprofit organizations. An active member of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), Gould recently completed a two-year term as Chair of its management board.

ESRI president Jack Dangermond says, “Solving the problems of the 21st century requires a populace that’s adept at creating and using geospatial technology. Michael Gould is a thought leader in the international GIS community who will help foster the open sharing of information and new forms of cooperation and collaboration with the education community.”

Dr. Gould will be visiting the region in preparation for the 5th Esri Eastern Africa Education GIS Conference.

Promoting spatial literacy among students in all disciplines is one of the main goals of Esri's director of higher education., Dr Gould believes "When GIS is used for problem solving, a student analyzes data within its spatial context



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University of Nairobi, CAVS 8.4.4 lecture, Theatre
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Esri Eastern Africa in collaboration with Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi will be holding the 5th Esri Eastern Africa GIS Education User Conference on 21st – 22nd September 2017. The conference will take place at KU-BSSC. Two Pre-conference training sessions are also lined up for Wednesday 20th September 2017; one on Hackathon for programmers and Mobile or Web Applications enthusiasts at KU-BSSC and the second one on Introduction to GIS for beginners / fresher’s at KU GIS Lab 844-EF03. Access the Mobile application challenge here

For the workshop Introduction to GIS for beginners / fresher kindly register here. Only 50 slots are available.

Theme: Building a Sustainable Future.

For more information about the conference and for registration requirements kindly visit: https://www.esriea.com/educ-2017/

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Location
KENYATTA UNIVERSITY, NAIROBI BUSINESS & STUDENTS SERVICES CENTRE
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IDRC Research Awards 2018

In  the following Program(s)

Agriculture and Food Security, Climate Change, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Employment and Growth, Food, Environment, and Health, Foundations for Innovation, Governance and Justice, Livestock Vaccine Innovation Fund, Maternal and Child Health, Networked Economies, Think Tank Initiative
For more information   view  this link

 Deadline: September 6, 2017!!



Location
Canada, Uruguay, Kenya
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Dean FOA, Prof. Kimenju- centre and Dr. Koech-far right with Australian High Commission team from Nairobi office and World Vision Somalia team

The University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of LARMAT and IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) in Somaliland have a collaborative research, outreach and training programme to support rangeland management in Somaliland with the support of the Government of Australia through World Vision Somalia programmes.

On Wednesday 23rd August 2017, a lecturer in the department of LARMAT, Dr. Koech Oscar and Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. J. Kimenju had the opportunity to receive visitors from Australian high Commission and World Vision Somalia in the Faculty of Agriculture. The visitors made courtesy call with a mission to appreciate University of Nairobi efforts in promotion of plant biotechnology through tissue culture research. In attendance were Solomon Ngari and Christian Josiah Niamh Dobson from the Australian High Commission and Sabina Kamau, Charles Otieno, Andrew Lanyon, Mackey Kevin and Jochen Schmudt from World Vision.



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University of Nairobi,CAVS
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Students with  HE John Feakes, Australian high commissioner to Kenya and Prof. Andrew Campbell, CEO,  ACIAR

Post graduate students from the department of LARMAT under the System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) scholarship on 28th June 2017 attended a reception hosted by HE John Feakes, Australian High Commissioner to Kenya at the official residence in Muthaiga. This was in honor of Professor Andrew Campbell, CEO, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) who had visited his residence. In attendance was Mr. Stephen Kiama, PhD in Land and Water, Ms. Angela Gitau, MSC in land and water and Mr. Harald Simiyu, MSC in climate change.



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Muthaiga,Kenya
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Dr. Koech with other parcipants

The University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of LARMAT and  IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) in Somaliland have a collaborative research, outreach and training programme to support rangeland management in Somaliland with the support of World Vision Somalia (WV Somalia).

Prof. Geoffrey Kironchi and Dr. Koech Oscar, from the Department of LARMAT  on 19-24 June 2017 conducted a six days training on Natural Resource Management and Utilization in Somaliland. This was part of the collaboration in training and research to investigate the proper management and utilization of the invasive species Prosopis Juliflora and the use of biotechnology in propagation of Frankincense tree (Boswellia sacra and Boswellia Frereana) with the participation of the local community in Somaliland.  Frankincense tree is known to be of significant socio-cultural value and contributes significantly to the household economy among the communities. The project seeks to enhance its sustainable utilization and management through propagation of seedlings.



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AMBASSADOR HOTEL, HARGEISA
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Partcipants  group photo

Dr. Koech Oscar and two post graduate students Patricia Liuza Njeri and Eric Omollo from the University of Nairobi, department of LARMAT attended a four day retreat organized by the Ministry Of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, rangeland management division, with the support of USAID, AHADI programme. The retreat objective was to prepare a strategic planning document for the rangelands of Kenya to be shared with the Arid and Semi Arid counties for adoption and implementation in their County Integrated Development Plans CIDPs for the sustainable rangeland resource management. The participants were from diverse institutions; MOALF-SDL, University of Nairobi, DRSRS,KALRO, Kenya Water Towers, Ministry of Water and Irrigation and Maseno University. The retreat was done between 12th and 15th June 2017.

The retreats outputs were;

  1. A comprehensive retreat report for all the 4 days activities and achievements
  2. A strategic plan/road map for sustainable rangeland management in Kenyan rangelands
  3. The way forward on the registration of a Rangeland Management Society of Kenya


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Masada hotel, Naivasha
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Dr. Onwonga participating in a Joint public seminar christened "Happy and Sustainable Organic Farming"

Yes! Environmentally sound, socially acceptable, economically feasible - organic agriculture promises much, but can it guarantee food supply? Mitigate climate change? And does it add to a nation’s happiness?  Organic, sustainable, happiness discussion took place  on 29th May, 2017 in Vienna.

This and many other issues, around the subject, were jointly deliberated on by Sonam Tashi (Royal University of Bhutan, Dean at College for Natural Resources) and Richard Onwonga, a Senior lecturer in the department of Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi  and BOKU Alumni. The audience comprised of renowned scientists/researchers, scholars, staff and students at CDR and BOKU. Prof. Tashi explored the various facets of organic agriculture in relation to his country Bhutan. He strongly articulated the role of organic agriculture (OA) in guaranteeing food availability, climate change mitigation and nations’ happiness. Dr. Onwonga on the other hand tackled the subject through a presentation titled “Agroecological practices for improving soil and crop productivity in East Africa”. Through the presentation, Dr. Onwonga undertook to demonstrate - using selected case studies in East Africa -



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University of Natural resources and applied life science (BOKU). Vienna, AUSTRIA
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Dr. Mureithi in a Cenchrus ciliaris pasture enclosure in Baringo lowlands.

The Deparrtment of LARMAT through is participating in AgriFoSe2030 Theme 2: Multifunctional landscapes for increased food security represented by Dr. Stephen Mureithi.

This theme focuses on:

  • Land, trees and water: how their integrated management can support sustainable intensification;
  • The opportunities, challenges (e.g. scarcity of natural resources) and trends (e.g. climate change and urbanization) affecting multifunctional land use; and
  • Upscaling of sustainable multifunctional smallholder farming systems, through increased market access and improved value chains.

This theme's work is being carried out in Kenya, Burkina Faso and Sri-Lanka. The Kenyan component is also closely linked to the work of Triple L Initiative.



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Kenya, Sri-Lanka, Sweden, Burkina Faso
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Hon. Yussuf Gedi and other participants being taken through products during the pasture week exhibition

The use of technology in production, conservation and utilization of feed is the way to go in ensuring sustainability of livestock production in ASAL counties in Kenya. Wajir County is one of the ASAL counties that face many challenges in animal feed for livestock, especially with the increasing frequencies of droughts. Through sensitatization  of a pasture expert at the African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS), Dr. Koech Oscar,  and a lecture at University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), he conducted a pasture training and outreach on commercialization of pasture production in Wajir County during the pasture week which took place on 25th, May, 2017.

The overall goal of the pasture week activity in Wajir County was to create awareness and provide a learning platform where pasture experts, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, traders, service providers and county government and development agencies could meet and share experiences, technologies, knowledge and skills that will enable increased pasture and fodder production and utilization for sustainable livestock production as a business.



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Wajir County
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Dr. Koech explaining on feed formulation ingridients

Dr. Koech Oscar of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), a pasture expert at the African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) conducted  pasture training and outreach on commercialization of pasture production in Garissa County during the pasture week on 18th May 2017.  The overall goal of the pasture week activity in Garissa County was to create awareness and provide a learning platform where pasture experts, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, traders, service providers and county government and development agencies could meet and share experiences, technologies, knowledge and skills that will enable increased pasture and fodder production and utilization for sustainable livestock production as a business. After the pasture week event, the flowing achievements were realized;



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Garissa County
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Group photo of paticipants

The Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), in conjunction with the African Drylands Institute for Sustainability (ADIS), held a one day training workshop at KARLO Headquarters, Loresho on 24th May, 2017 from 8.30 AM. The goal of the workshop was to re-tool all the instructors servicing courses in the PhD Dryland Resource Management programme, to enable them embark on an exercise of converting the course units to ODeL format.

The training was facilitated by Dr. J. Odumbe and Dr. C. Wafula of the ODeL Campus, University of Nairobi and was officiated by Prof. J. Kimenju , Dean Faculty of Agriculture.

The workshop was foreseen to enable the participants to:



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KALRO HQRS, LORESHO
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Part of the conference audience at the Corintha Hotel, in Khartoum

Dr. Stephen Mureithi, a Lecturer at the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and Prof. Jesse Njoka, Director, African Drylands Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) are participating in the 2nd Regional Conference on Risk Transfer and Micro-Insurance for Resilience Building in the IGAD region in Khartoum, Sudan. The main goal to the  2nd Regional Micro-insurance Conference is to define how to implement the recommendations formulated during the first regional conference in Kampala and to define a road map to foster the dissemination of risk transfer services in the region.

Participants at the Conference agreed on the following three steps:



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Khartoum, Sudan
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The Esri Eastern Africa Education GIS Conference is a 2-day conference that brings together an array of GIS Users in the Education industry from across the Eastern Africa region. The conference brings together youthful minds in the GIS industry in the region to make presentations, attend workshops and network. The purpose of the sessions is to help prepare the next generation workforce with GIS skills for better decision-making across a broad spectrum of disciplines and professions.

Egibility

  • Students
  • Faculty staff
  • Campus Administrators
  • Developers
  • Education Industry stakeholders

For more information visit  esri website



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UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI, CAVS ,UPPER KABETE
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On 2nd, May 2017,  Seth J. Itzkan, Founder and Director of the soil4climate presented on measures of  restoring soil to Reverse Global Warming. Soil is an important sequester for carbon. In carbon cycle there is 4 times more carbon in soil than in vegetation, above ground biomass. Conservation measures could be introduced to restore soil capacity to sequester carbon and reduce global warming especially in arid and semi-arid rangelands. Below are approaches that have been used by other countries such Zimbabwe.These are;  a) introduction of adaptive multi-paddock instead of continuous grazing b) reforestation, c) organic farming, d) cover crops and non-till, e) use of biochar instead of charcoal f) Holistic management and Innovative policy developments.

After the presentation the Director, Soil for climate and the director centre for regenerative pastoralism - Dalmas Tiampati held a short consultative meeting with LARMAT staff who had attended the guest lecture.



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LARMAT SEMINAR ROOM
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On 16th February, 2017, the ASSAR RRT for Eastern Africa conducted a training workshop aimed at familiarizing the facilitators with tools for Participatory Scenario Planning (PSA) ahead of the pilot in Kalama Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya. The workshop was attended by research teams from the Department of LARMAT, University of Nairobi; Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia; and facilitated by the team from University of East Anglia (UEA).



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Samburu County
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ASSAR Regional Research Team (RRT) for Eastern Africa held their first national and local stakeholders workshops in Nairobi and Isiolo on 14th and 21st February 2017 respectively. The workshops were aimed at mapping stakeholders in climate change adaptation in Kenya, especially those that directly or indirectly influence access to the two main ecosystem services (pasture & water) that limit livestock production and therefore livelihoods of the majority of those living in the drylands of Kenya. Inattance was the PI of the project Dr. Oliver Wasonga.

Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) is 5-year researh project funded by DFID. The consortium is led by the University of Cape Town and covers Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Southern Africa, and Central Asia (India). ASSAR’s overarching objective is to deepen understanding of climate vulnerability and adaptation in semi-arid regions, and help transform current adaptation practice to a mode that achieves proactive, widespread adaptation embedded in development activities at multiple governance scales, to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups



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Isiolo and Nairobi
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Over eight (8) PhD candidates in the department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) on 28th April 2017 presented their research proposals to their supervisors. The student variety discipline of study varying from range management practices, intercropping systems, strategies for increasing adoption and productivity of biotechnolology, adaptation practices to climate change, livestock market trade governance and dynamics, fertilizer recommendations, enhancing landscape and farmers resilience.



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LARMAT Seminar room
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Students collecting plant samples

Students undertaking Agro-ecology I and Range Ecology I  on 8th, May, 2011 were exposed to a successful academic trip covering a range of agro- ecological zones in central and Eastern Kenya. These are 1st year Students in Range Management and BSc in Management of Agro-ecosystems and environment. They were under guidance of their lectures. Lessons from the trip were land uses types, land use systems, associated vegetation cover, soil types, soil erosion types and magnitude, water harvesting technologies, water management and utilization, renewable energy production, distribution of biotic elements, changes in climate and their observable effects, distinctive agro-ecological ecosystem. They also identify and record the human activities that have impact on both natural and agro ecosystems.

Among the areas visited was Kenya Forest Service (KFS) - Karura forest  where some plant species biodiversity were identified. Major vegetation distribution in Kiambu, Ruiru, Mwea irrigation schemes and Kaburu dam in Embu were learnt with sub-sequent quick herbarium of all species described.

Among the vegetation covered were and collected:



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Karura, Delmonte, Kabiti, Mwea and Embu
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Applications are due June 15th, 2017!!!
Pathways Africa (Namibia) will include a one-week training workshop (3-day hands-on training/3-day emersion course) Jan. 6th – 11th 2018 for early and mid-career field staff at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. This capacity building training will provide a unique and valuable opportunity for practitioners to exchange ideas and build their human dimensions tool box. Training participants will attend skill building sessions focused on community-based conservation and monitoring, education, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, communication, and more. The hands-on portion will be immediately followed by the Pathways Africa Conference (Jan. 9th – 11th 2018), which at which trainees will have the opportunity to present. These interactions will provide them with excellent examples of the breadth and depth of human dimensions research and application as well as networking opportunities.


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Karura, Delmonte, Kabiti, Mwea and Embu
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Group photo of Participants

As part of building expertise in geospatial technology, the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) in collaboration with ESRI hosted one-day Jumpstart Training on “Introduction to the ArcGIS Platform and WebGIS”. The intensive training was conducted on 21st April, 2017 at the Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) GIS lab. The entire program was coordinated by Prof. Charles Gachene assisted by Carolyne Kyalo, Annerose Mwangi, Martha Kimani from LARMAT and Peter Wangome from African Drylands Institute for Sustainability (ADIS). The training was officially opened by Prof. John Kimenju, Dean, and Faculty of Agriculture.

It was a diverse programme drawing participants from various disciplines and professions. Most of departments within CAVS were well represented and over 25 participant’s



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Karura, Delmonte, Kabiti, Mwea and Embu
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Participants at the Stakeholders training workshop on cattle fattening as a way of adding value to lean animals from the Drylands of Kenya

The PI of RELOAD project, Dr. Oliver Wasonga accompanied by the Chairman, LARMAT Prof. Kironchi, staff and postgraduate students from LARMAT attended the above training from  9th to 12th ,April, 2017.

The training workshop was organised  to address some of the key constraints to sustainable cattle fattening in the drylands of Kenya. The study was undertaken to assess the potential of stratified cattle production in pastoral areas of Kenya, funded under the meat value chain sub-project of the reduction of post harvest losses and value addition in East African food chains (RELOAD) project. The aim of the workshop was to provide a platform for actors in the pastoral meat production value chain to interact and share experiences. In addition, short trainings on record keeping, access to credit facilities and markets, and fodder production and conservation were undertaken during the workshop.

The RELOAD’s meat value chain



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ACK GUEST HOUSE, KAJIADO COUNTY
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Prof. Charles Gachuiri and Dr. Koech Oscar, from the University of Nairobi officially handed a draft feed policy to the Governor of Wajir County, Hon. Ahmed Abdullahi on 29th March 2017. Prof. Gachuiri and Dr. Koech were the technical team from African Dryland Institute of Sustainability (ADIS), at the University of Nairobi which was approached by Mercy corps to support the process of policy development to address the feed availability and quality challenges facing Wajir County. The government of Wajir County requested Mercy corps to come up with a working policy document to guide in the adaptation to frequent animal feed shortages caused by recurring droughts in the region. The adaptation measures proposed in the document are feed production, conservation



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Wajir County
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Plenary in session

The University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of LARMAT, Kenya and  IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) in Somaliland have established a collaborative research, outreach and training programme to support Rangeland Management in Somaliland with the support of World Vision Somalia (WV Somalia).

The objective of this partnership is to investigate proper management and utilization of the invasive species Prosopis juliflora and the use of biotechnology in propagation of Frankincense tree (Boswellia sacra). This is in participation with the local communities of Somaliland. Frankincense tree is known to be of significant socio-cultural value and contributes significantly to the household economy among the communities. The project seeks to enhance its sustainable utilization and management through propagation of seedlings.

Dr. Oscar Koech, a lecturer and researcher at the Department of LARMAT



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Somaliland
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Ms. Elizabeth Ouna, PhD.student in Dryland Resource Management at the department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) has won a competitive financial grant facilitated by National Research Fund. The award will help the student in her research entiled “Effect of bio char generated from different technologies on foriage legumes grown in Mwea and Bura soils.” This research was also funded by National Irrigation Board (NIB) of Kenya. We wish her successful research activities.



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Somaliland
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Mr. Erick Omollo, MSc. student in Range Management at the department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), CAVS, has been awarded National Research Fund. The grant facilities students research projects. “Am very happy to have been considered for the funds for it will help meet my budgetary deficit for my project.” Said Mr. Omolo. His research topic is on “Analysis of Fodder Production and Marketing in the Southern Rangelands of Kenya”. We wish him victorious research work.



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Somaliland
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CAVS principal with beneficiary students and  their mentors

The Principal CAVS, Prof. Kiama Gitahi, occasioned three Post Graduate Students for 5 months Exchange Program in Jagiellonian University, Poland on 27th February, 2017.  This exchange is under the auspices of the Mobility for Learners and Staff programme under ERASMUS+ Key Action 1, supporting an Inter-Institutional Agreement between the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Jagiellonian University in Krakow (UJ) for both students and staff to strengthen research capacity, and international partnership and cooperation. Through this program, the students are expected to internationally network, complete their MSc theses and scientific publications, develop preliminary PhD concepts, in addition to peer-learning and international culture. In his remarks, Professor Kiama encouraged students to establish great and long-term mentorship in consequent to PhD supervision. “Ensure you achieve your goals and utilize the time adequately”, He added.

The competitively selected MSc students are, Ms.Bernice Mereina and Mr..illary Rotich from Department of LARMAT and Mr..Harrison Simotwo from the School of Biological Sciences, Chiromo Campus. The session was crowned by the ERASMUS+ Programme Coordinators, Dr. Stephen Mureithi and Dr. Judith Mbau, both researchers and lecturers at LARMAT, and Prof. Jesse Njoka, Director, African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS).



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CAVS, Principals board room
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Group photo

Dr. Stephen Mureithi, a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi (UoN) and Prof. Pascal Boeckx of Ghent University, Belgium led over 20 stakeholders in a just concluded inception workshop on “Improved management for nitrate pollution in the Lake Victoria catchment of Kenya". The workshop was officially opened Prof. G. Kironchi, Chairman, and LARMAT and took place on 24th and 25th January 2017 at Kisumu hotel, Kisumu. In his remarks he highlighted that, “We should focus in enriching the resources available and involvement of more stakeholders through sustainable projects”.

This VLIR-UOS project hosted in the department of LARMAT and its goal is on “Capacity building in application of state of the art isotopic techniques for nitrate pollution sources apportionment in the Lake Catchment coupled to policy and decision support tools for improved nitrate pollution management"



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KISUMU HOTEL , KISUMU
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Conference in session

Prof. Jesse T. Njoka of African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) and Dr. Oscar Koech, of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) attended the 2nd International conference on drylands organized by the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA) in Bayero University, Nigeria, Kano (BUK).The conference took place  between 12th and 16th December , 2016.

The theme of this year conference was, “Agricultural diversification – Panacea to Food Insecurity in Drylands”.The conference served as one of the outreach activities of CDA that provides a platform for researchers and other stakeholders working in the drylands to showcase their research output, share experiences and form networks with peers working the same thematic area. Diversification and innovation were noted as critical components that are required to address the multitude of problems in the drylands related to constraints on i) sustainable intensification of farming systems ,ii) sustainable management of natural resources in a changing climate ii) accessibility and efficiency of markets and policy constraints.

CDA is one of the foremost Africa Centres of excellence funded by the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU).



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Bayero University , Nigeria
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Prof. Kiama Gitahi congratulating Dr. Judy Mbau during the Award Ceremony of year 2016 Best Teachers at College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS)

Best teachers from each Department within the CAVS were awarded on 22nd December, 2016.  It was the first ever award ceremony of its kind in the college. The event was meant to recognize contribution of lecturers in academics and as well mentorship attributes to the students. The ceremony served to acknowledge their devotion of time and talents towards nurturing the students’ talents. It sought to appreciate the impacts of the very best teachers from each department not only on their students’ academic lives but also on their social lives and communities around them. Dr Judy Mbau emerged the best teacher in the Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT).

Voting was purely done from the students’ perspective and understanding. The main parameters that were used by the students to arrive at their most preferred teachers were those;



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CAVS Board room
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Mr. Julius Mbatia, 4th year student, LARMAT at the UNFCC COP 22 meeting

Mr. Julius Mbatia a fourth year student pursuing BSc in Management of Agro ecosystems and Environment, in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) at the University of Nairobi (UoN) participated in the just concluded UNFCC COP 22 meeting.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting was held from 7th to 18th November 2016, in Marrakech, Morocco. The theme of this year’s conference was “Turning Paris Agreement into Action

The Paris climate agreement entered into force faster than anticipated following the ratification by more than 55% of countries which is 55 countries.



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MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
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Dr. Oliver Wasonga, Raphael Lotira, and Bulle Hallo Dabasso during sessions

Dr. Oliver Wasonga a lecturer in LARMAT is among the participants attending the 4th Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains (RELOAD) annual workshop at Ridar Hotel in Mukono from 11th to 17th November, 2016 , Uganda. In Kenya, one focus of RELOAD is on pastoral meat value chains, which is undertaken by the University of Nairobi (Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, & Department of Food Technology and Nutrition).The project supports two PhD students in LARMAT Mr. Raphael Lotira and Mr.Bulle Hallo Dabasso are also in attendance.



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RIDAR HOTEL, MUKONO, UGANDA
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Dr. Oliver Wasonga with Melissa de Kock during her visit

Dr Wasonga of department of Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and Ms Melissa de Kock a PhD student at University of Capetown, South Africa 3rd November, 2016discussed possible research collaboration under the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project. Dr Wasonga a Senior Lecturer in department of  LARMAT is the focal person at the University of Nairobi  for ASSAR Programme. Ms Melissa intends to conduct her doctoral research in the drylands of Namibia and Northern Kenya.



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LARMAT, Boardroom
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Dr. Oliver Wasonga of LARMAT with the Dean FoA, Prof. Kimenju, chairman Department of PSCP, Prof. Chemining'wa, DRM PhD students, Suleiman and Sani  during Prof. Jibrin M. Jibrin visit

Prof. Jibrin M. Jibrin the Director of the centre for dryland agriculture (CDA) at Bayero University of Kano (BUK), Nigeria paid a courtesy call to the Faculty of Agriculture ,CAVS  on 4th November, 2016. Among the key ideas discussed during the meeting were possible collaboration in training and research between the two University of Nairobi (UoN) and BUK,. The opportunity will enhance staff mobility between the two institutions and adoption of modular approach of training.



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Faculty of Agriculture, CAVS
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Dr. Oliver  Wasonga  from LARMAT and  ASSAR members  in a plenary session

Members of the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) and East Africa Regional Research team meet at the University of Nairobi (UoN), Faculty club on 12th October, 2016. The University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) joined ASSAR in the June, 2016 through Dr. Oliver Wasonga who is the principal investigator of the ASSAR project. ASSAR’s overarching objective is to deepen understanding of climate vulnerability and adaptation in semi-arid regions, and help transform current adaptation practice to a mode that achieves proactive, widespread adaptation embedded in development activities at multiple governance scales, to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups. LARMAT participates in Regional Research Team (EARRT) through Dr. Oliver Wasonga who is the focal person for UoN (find more detail at: http://www.assar.uct.ac.za/who/ASSAR_people).



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CAVs Faculty club ,University of Nairobi
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Kipsing Centre Group’s site: Rehabilitation of pasture lands through adoption of  zai-pits as water harvesting techonology ; Photo credit - Stephen Mureithi

The University of Nairobi (UoN), African Drylands Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) is one of the implementing partners for the USAID funded project; Accelerated Value Chain Development-Livestock Component (AVCD-LC). The project is led by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). Its overall purpose is to increase the income of 60,000 pastoral households through a 50% increase in the sale of livestock by 2018. The target area of operation is the 5 counties in the resilience Zone of Influence (ZOI) that is Marsabit, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo and Turkana. Under the project, ADIS is providing technical expertise on rangeland management and commercial pasture and fodder production.

Under the support of this project, trainings on pasture and fodder production including practical demonstration on grass seed planting carried out in Kipsing and Ol Donyiro in Isiolo County from 19 to 21st October, 2016.  The training was conducted by Dr. Stephen Mureithi , A lecture at Department of Land Resource and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT). He was assisted by post graduate student Ms Hannah Nyakio in the same department. More seeds will be to the groups for planting during the short rains of October, November and December (OND) 2016.

Farmers experience to pasture production

He started off with beans, got a few Kenya shillings and decided to reinvest the income to expand his acreage. A man with a definite purpose defines him best. He has learnt over time to make use of the resources he has and are available to him, he told the other community members. Mr Njoroge Lempoe, 80 years old has his land tilled, prepared and ready to plant grass after personal observation and training on pasture production.



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Isiolo County,Kenya
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Group photo: Staff and post graduate students from Univeristy of Nairobi, CAVS

The Regional Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) held its 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference from 14th to 21st October 2016 at the Century City in Cape Town, South Africa. RUFORUM is a network of 55 African Universities with a mission to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of smallholder farmers through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions and governments. RUFORUM collaborates with a diversity of donors to provide scholarships for agricultural post-graduate training. One of the project funded by the RUFORM at the University of Nairobi   is "Fodder Production for Enhanced Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Resilience in the Drylands of Kenya" The project is  led by Dr. Oliver Vivian Wasonga from Department of Land Resources and Agricultural technology (LARMAT), CAVS who was also a participant in the conference. Among other  participants were the current and the former Principals, College of Agriculture & Veterinary Science (CAVs), Prof S.G. Kiama and Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe. was represented by the project PI  The Post-graduate students from the University of Nairobi, are among the many beneficiaries of RUFORUM Scholarships.

The overall theme of the conference was “‘Linking Agricultural Universities with Civil Society, the Private Sector, Governments and other Stakeholders in support of Agricultural Development in Africa. Staff and postgraduate students from  (LARMAT) participated entirely in the just concluded RUFORUM conference.



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Century city, Cape town, South Africa
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                 Dr. Stephen Mureithi training the participants

Planting grasses and fodder production remains culturally unaccepted as an economic activity. Over the years, most people have and believed that only God can plant grasses. God we are helping you plant grass,” this was a sentiment by farmers in Golbo ward, Marsabit County during the pasture week held from 3rd to 12thOctober 2016. A big gap, therefore, needs to be filled through training and demonstration on pasture production for both subsistence and commercial uses. This subsequently improves animal feed sustainability and livelihoods. The people of Marsabit County are becoming receptive towards pasture production as a consequence of the training.

The pasture week in Marsabit County aimed to inaugurate pasture production demonstrations, land preparation and broadcasting of the grass seeds. The participating stakeholders in the training were the University of Nairobi represented by Dr. Stephen Mureithi from department of Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT). Officials from REGAL-AG, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Marsabit County, Kenya Agricultural Livestock Research Organisation (KARLO) represented by Mr. Hussein Walaga and National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) representatives

The people of Marsabit County have agreed to be part of the change for sustainability through fodder production.



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Marsabit County, Kenya
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                                              Workshop forum  in session

Dr. Koech Oscar, of the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), a pasture expert at the African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) - UoN attended a National Dialogue on Policy Frameworks for Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Rangeland Management and Governance in Kenya’s Rangelands held on 19th – 23rd September 2016, at Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Naivasha. The workshop was a realization of the important roles the rangelands play in Kenya, where it covers about 89% of land mass and a home to many livestock and wildlife populations. The areas are also important for biodiversity conservation.

Rangelands of Kenya contribute to about 10% GDP, 45% AGDP and hosts over 70% livestock population. The need to manage these lands in a more sustainable manner is what has become a concern to experts, practitioners and policy makers. Given that these lands are special ecosystems, sound management interventions are urgently needed to reverse the already negative impacts done while adapting communities to Climate change phenomenons. The need for policy that governs rangelands use, management and development is of urgency, if the attainment of Vision 2030 and SDGs of 2015 are to be realized.



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Lake Naivasha Sopa lodge, Naivasha, Kenya
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Sale of livestock! Sale of Livestock!

Where: Machang'a UoN- Field station, Embu

The University of Nairobi (UoN), CAVS will sell cattle (Heifers, breeding cows, calves, bulls, steers) and goats (female and males) from  29 October- to 2nd November, 2016.



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University of Nairobi, Field station, Machang'a Embu
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Dr. Koech Oscar, of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), a pasture expert at the African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) conducted community training and outreach on pasture production in Garissa County. The training was conducted from 12-17th September, 2016 and  reached 9 farming groups and 2 Community Based Natural Resource Management Committee (CBNRM). The training covered module one topics of the pasture component in the planned activities for implementation by the ADIS, University of Nairobi under the ‘Feed the Future Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD) Program for smallholder Farmers and Pastoralists with Technologies and Innovations in Kenya’.The training aimed to provide the project beneficiaries with technical knowledge on the importance of pasture production, pasture species selection criteria, selection of reseeding/pasture production range sites and land preparation technologies for onsite water harvesting for pastures and crops.



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Garissa, Kenya
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Mr. Staline Kibet successfuly defended his PhD  thesis in Dryland Resource Management on 15th, September,2016. The research topic was on "Influence of mammalian herbivory on woody plants dynamics and ecosystem services in a semi- arid savanna"  He was congratulated by the Dean FOA ,BPS representative,  his supervisors and  board of examiners. We wish him success and future endeavors. 

 

 

        S. Kibet congratulated by the Dean FOA ,BPS rep, supervisors and  Board of examiners



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Faculty of Agriculture Boardroom, CAVs
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First year student’s BSC in Range Management (33) and BSC Management of Agro-Ecosystem (46), September 2016 intake were today welcomed to the department of LARMAT by members of staff led by the Chairman of the department, Prof, G. Kironchi. Their lectures highlighted on potential mandate to each student like any other Kenyan citizen in relation to Kenya’s vision 2030 as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS).

To achieve these goals, theme to the two degree programs in the job market was clarified with emphasis in financial, environmental, education and agricultural sectors.

Students were advised to focus on major objective in higher learning institutions. Committed to excellence” This can be enhanced through determination, right company and mentorship within the University of Nairobi alliance coupled to discipline and respect.



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Faculty of Agriculture Boardroom, CAVs
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Ms. Ruth Chemutai Sitienei defended her MSC  thesis in Soil Science on 6th, September,2016. The research topic was on "Monitoring changes in soil organic carbon, moisture content, nutrient balances and maize yields in a legume - maize ( Zea mays L.) cropping association in Nairobi, Kenya"  We wish her success and bright future in all her endeavors.



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Faculty of Agriculture Boardroom , CAVS
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Students taking notes on varius range trees,shrubs and grass description

BSC Range Management 3rd year students taking course on Range plants and their values from department Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) were led by their lecturer Dr. Oliver Wasonga acompanied by Ms Carolyne Kyalo and Mr John Musembi to three main ecosystems of range lands of south eastern Kenya. The first aim of the academic trip was to study various grasses species and herbaceous plants which are poisonous, medicinal and browsable that grows in the three subsets Athi Kipiti-Kiboko-Kibwezi subsects.

The second aim of the trip was to collect, describe and mount the plant species as part of the herbarium practice techniques. This was in fulfillment of practical number 9 in their course outline. Among tree families studied were meliacea, leguminosae, zygophyllaceae, cappraraceae, combretaceae, euphorbiaceae and malvaceae. Most of leguminose species from sub-family mimosoideae and caesalpinioideae.

Grasses studied and collected were: Themeda triandra,



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Athi-Kapiti estate, KARLO Kiboko and University of Nairobi, Kibwezi dryland farm.
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The International Training Course on Organic Agriculture (ITCOA) started in July 2009 as a direct response to the expressed demands for training and field exposure of university under-graduate students, in their third year, on organic agriculture trends and perspectives. This was in addition to the rising concern of the health and sustainability of agroecosystems. The ITCOA aims at offering intensive training to participants beyond the normal class room conventions. The ITCOA fosters an intercultural and interdisciplinary learning environment by bringing together students and trainers from diverse backgrounds from Eastern Africa and Europe. This year;students from Makerere University (Uganda), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania), University of Nairobi (Kenya) and Bahir Dar University (Ethiopia) participated in the training. The ITCOA is held annually, in the month of July at Makerere University.



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Makerere University, Uganda
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Mr. Maunguja Bakari Ahmed defended his MSC  thesis in Range Management on 15th August 2016. The research topic was on ‘Assesment of plant diversity and ultilization of wild medicinal species by households proximate to Arabuko Sokoke forest in Kilifi County of Kenya’.  We wish him grand success and bright future in all his endeavors.

 



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Faculty of Agriculture Boardroom, CAVs
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Mr. Julius Karanja with other youths on a sessional discussions

Mr. Julius Karanja Mbatia, a 4th year student, BSC Management of Agro-ecosystem and Environment in this department represented Kenya Youth Climate Network  in a workshop on ”Sommer SNU; Enhance capacity in climate change politics, youth engagement and planning"  The meeting was held in Norway, Trondheim from  26th June to 1st July 2016.

In the meeting, Mr. Mbatia shared contribution toward International Change maker work and made presentation on Kenya’s youth engagement in COP 21 Climate Justice Campaign. This was through lessons learnt through his participation in the UNFCCC 21st conference of Parties session which was held in France, Paris from 30th November to 12th December 2015. The theme of the conference was "to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius".



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Trondheim, Norway and France, Paris
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Dr. Koech Oscar, of the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and pasture researcher at African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS-UoN) conducted a  research on Methane measurements from Livestock and feeds evaluation techniques at Aberystwyth University, Institute of Biological, and Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS), United Kingdom (UK) from 15 March to 15 June 2016 supported by the Stapledon Memorial Trust fund travel research grant and Newton fund.

The Newton Fund supported a workshop on different methods of methane measurements held from 10 to 11 May 2016. The workshop was attended by post graduate research students from the University of Nairobi and scientist from Africa.  The workshop provided exposure to the team on the  various methane measurement techniques as well sharing of results on In vitro and In vivo methane measurement studies done by Dr. Oscar Koech.

The workshop was a success and this supports the interests of UoN and African Dryland Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) in the upcoming forage for Africa programme to improve forage productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with care for environmental conservation, especially reducing enteric methane emissions.



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Aberystwyth University (IBERS), United Kingdom
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MS. Lalampaa. K. Priscilla defended her MSC  thesis in Range Management on 21st June 2016. The research topic was on "Influence of holistic grazing management on herbaceous species diversity, range use pattern and livestock productivity in Laikipia County Kenya”. We wish her successful future endeavors. 

 



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Faculty of Agriculture boardroom, CAVs
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CAVS student leader and Prof. G Kironchi planting a tree

The University of Nairobi (UoN) staff and students from College of Agriculture and Veterinary sciences (CAVS) and College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) participated in marking the World Environment Day (WED) by planting trees and inter-corporate sports. A total of 44 students and 4 staff members attended the event. They were led by the Coordinator, CAVS Environmental Sustainability (ES) committee and Prof. G. Kironchi, and the former Principal CAVS, Professor Agnes Mwang’ombe assisted by  Ms.Carolyne Kyalo and Ms Esther Waribu both from department of Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT). Over 2500 tree seedlings were planted. The following institutions participated in the planting occasion:

  1. Del Monte Kenya Limited
  2. University of Nairobi (CAVS & CHSS)
  3. Total Kenya Limited
  4. Kenya Defence Forces (Moi Air Base Environmental Solders Programme)
  5. Barclays Bank - Thika Branch
  6. Nairobi County Developers
  7. Kyanzavi University College
  8. Members of the local community

Giving remarks as representative of the UoN team, Prof. Mwang'ombe indicated that “planting trees is infectious” hence the participating organizations in the event have history in planting trees together in strive of a greener and cleaner world. Her remarks were echoed by Kenya Defense Force Captain J.S Muli, who said “tree camouflages our dressing code” in military service, hence our passion in marking the WED through tree planting.



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THIKA, Kenya
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Dr. Mureithi with other deligates during  IAEA, Vienna International Centre in Austria

 

Dr. SM Mureithi participated in the 2nd Research Co-ordinated Meeting on the Application and development of isotope techniques to evaluate human impacts on water balance and nutrient dynamics of large river basins (F33021) on 10-16th April, 2016 at IAEA, Vienna International Centre in Austria. Dr. Mureithi (project’s PI) presented the progress on a project titled “Use of Nitrate and Water Isotopes for water pollution assessment in Lake Victoria Catchment, Kenya” that is supported by IAEA through the Co-ordinated Research Project. For more information please visit: http://cra.iaea.org/cra/stories/2014-01-17-F33021-Water-balance.html



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Vienna-VIC, Austria
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Mr. Musembi Kimeu explaining Range plants and their uses to the  students

Future experts in Range and Agro-ecosystem management were engaged in field activities in Kiambu coffee plantations, Thika pineapple farms, Kakuzi Ltd, Mwea irrigation schemes Kamburu and Masinga dams on 15th March 2016. The academic trip aimed at studying the basic ecology, land use systems and associated vegetation in semi-arid regions of Eastern and Central Kenya. They were led by their lectures and experts in the related field. In principle, Mr. Mulongo, Mr.Musembi Kimeu and Ms.Carolyne Kyalo collaboratively guided 75 students in Agro ecology I and Range Ecology I on the following thematic areas:



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Kiambu, Thika, Kakuzi, Mwea, Masinga and Kaburu Dam
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Stephen Mureithi looking over a Kenyan agricultural landscape. (Courtesy of Stephen Mureithi)

Dr Stephen Mureithi from the Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology, at the University of Nairobi, has been visiting Sweden.He is part of theme 2 in AgriFoSe; Multifunctional landscapes for increased food security and visited University of Gothenburg, Linköping University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences for workshops and writeshops.

AgriFoSe decided to take the opportunity to ask him a few questions before his arrival.

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Swedish Universities
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This event was a success, over 60 students from CAVS accompanied by the Chairman, Tree Planting Committee, Prof. G. Kironchi, the College Registrar, Mrs. Ngunga and other staff members participated in planting over 1000 seedlings in Kibwezi farm, University of Nairobi. The students who spent the weekend at the University Farm were from various disciplines under the leadership of SONU, KCUSO and NUASA officials.

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Kibwezi, Field Station
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Pauline N. Gitonga defended her PHD Thesis in Dryland Resource Management.  Ms. Gitonga's research topic was "Spatial analysis of risk factors and their effect on Peste des petits ruminants control strategies in Kajiado and Marsabit pastoral systems of Kenya"

 

 

 

 



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Department of LARMAT
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Dr. Koech Oscar from the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) attended a Scientific Research Paper Writing Workshop which took place at the International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 26th to 30th October 2015.  The workshop is part of BecA-ILRI Hub’s capacity building programme, which aims at empowering the African scientific community to lead the much-needed agricultural revolution.

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International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Range Scientist from the University of Nairobi, Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES ), Dr. Koech Oscar, Dr. Mureithi Stephen and Mr. Peter Kamande implemented a rangeland reseeding training and field reseeding exercise in Isiolo County, on October 20th-24th 2015 at Barambate Pastroral Group. This was in preparation for the anticipated short rainfall period and elnino in quest to increase animal forage and reduce land degradation.

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Isiolo county
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Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe,the outgoing Principal, Prof. G. Kironchi, Chairman of The Environmental Sustainability(CAVS) / Chairman Department of LARMAT, and Student Leaders receive an award for exceptional and sustained achievement in planting trees and conserving forests on 23rd September 2015 at ECOGALAAWARDS, Carnivore Nairobi.

 



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Carnivore, Nairobi
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Haggai Onyango Ndukhu defended his PHD Thesis in Soil Science.  Mr. Ndukhu's research topic was "Crop Perfomance and soil Nutrient Dynamics under different Organic Based Cropping Systems in Central Kenya".

 

 

 

 

Madegwa Msavi Yvonne defended her MSc. Thesis in Land and Water.  Ms. Madegwa's research topic was "Modeling Nutrient Dynamics and Yield of Finger Millet (eleusine coracana) in Semi-arid Eastern Kenya using the Agricultural Simulator Model (APSM)".

 

 

 

Mary Wanjiku Gachie defended her MSc. Thesis in Land and Water.  Ms. Gachie's research topic was "Invitro Evaluation of Phizobacteria Isolates for Control of Bacterial Wilt and Growth Enhancement of Potato (Solanum tuberrosum)".

 

 

 

 

Anyuka Noel Templer defended his MSc. Thesis in Sustainable Soil Resource Management.  Mr. Anyuka's research topic was "Enhancing Phorophorus release from Mijingu Rock Phosphate using legume Maize Cropping Systems for improved Maize Yields and Soil Properties in Kabete, Kiambu County".

 

 

Mirriam Nduku Muli defended her MSc. Thesis in Sustainable Soil Resource Management. Ms. Muli's research topic was "Simulation of Soil Moisture and Crop Yields in Sorghum (sorghum bicolor i.) and Sweet Potato (ipomea batatas L. lam) based Cropping Systems using Cropsyst Model in Matuu Division, Kenya.

 

 

 



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Dept. of LARMAT
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Watete Patrick Wekondi defended his PhD Thesis in Dryland Resource Management on 29th July 2015. Mr. Watete's research topic was " Poverty dynamics, Livelihoods and Resilience among Pastoral Household of Northern Kenya"

 

 

 

Kanyuuru Caroline Karwitha  defended her PhD Thesis in Range Management on 14th February 2015. Ms. Kanyuuru's research topic was " Dynamism, Value of Ecosystem Services and Adaptation to Socio-economic and Ecological Challenges of Pastoralists' Institutional Arrangements in Northern Rangelands of Kenya"

 

 

 

 

 

Kandagor David Chepkonga  defended his MSc. Thesis in Sustainable Soil Resource Management . Mr. Kandagor's research topic was “Evaluation of Spatial Variability of Selected soil chemical Properties, Their Influence on Coffee Yields and Management Practices at Kabete Field Station Farm”

 

 



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Dept. of LARMAT
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Dr. Koech Oscar of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) attended a National Irrigation Board workshop for presentation of research findings for studies carried out by NIB and collaborators for the year 2014/2015. The workshop took place at Naivasha, Morendat Training and Conference Centre, on 9th & 10th July 2015.

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Morendat Training and Conference Centre, Naivasha
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The University of Nairobi - Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), together with other institutions, is involved in development of a system for estimation of land based emissions estimation for Kenya (SLEEK).

The various institutions have been mandated to deliver specific aspects - also referred to as element working groups - (Forest biomass, Land cover, soil carbon, crop growth processes and Climate parameters) of the SLEEK programme.

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Department of LARMAT
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H.E Matteo Renzi; The Prime Minister of Italy, has urged University of Nairobi students, staff and members of the public to come up with new strategies to address terrorism and extremism. He said this on Wednesday 15th July 2015; while giving a public lecture at the University of Nairobi entitled “Challenges of Development: Building bridges to combat extremism”

The Prime Minister started his presentation by paying tribute to the students wholost their lives in the Garrisa University terrorist attackin April, 2015 saying “An attack on a university is an attack on intellectuality and the future of a nation.”He was saddened by the attack and assured Kenyans of continued support from the Italian government in the fight against terrorism.

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The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) advanced Crop Nutrition Laboratory services (CropNUT) a grant to train Technicians/Technologists drawn from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (now KALRO) and Kenyatta University.  The training (of 10 technical staff) took place at CropNut laboratories from February 20, 2012 to March 2, 2012.

Following the success of the said training, there was need to upscale and cover more technicians. AGRA, once again funded CropNut to hold laboratory technician training at the UoN – between  25th May and 5th June 2015 to further strength technician resource and knowledge base.

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Dr. Fredrick O. Ayuke,  A senior Lecturer at the Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi has been selected to be a Lead Author for Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). This follows his nomination as an expert by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI), where he is currently serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee (www.globalsoilbiodiversity.org ).

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The speech of Julius Karanja, from the Kenya Youth Climate Network (KYCN), at the closing ceremony of the 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9)

Julius Karanja Mbatia is a 3rd student of the University of Nairobi , College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural technology. He is pursuing Bsc. Management of Agroecosystems and Environment. He engages in climate change advocacy work via the Road to COP working group of the Kenya Climate Change Working Group. He coordinates climate change work in Kenya Youth Climate Network, a national youth climate change movement.

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Dept. of LARMAT
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Professor J.H. Nderitu and other scientists spearhead collaborative research on insect pests.



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Well stained root-tips ready for use in making slides to view different stages of Mitosis cycle. The stain used is Leuco basic Fuchsin. before which the roots are first grown over water as our media, then they are fixed for 24hrs using Aceto-alcohol (1:3). after which they are hydrolysed using 1N/HCl. at 60C for 10minutes.



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Principal CAVS poses for a photo in his office after short welcoming the teachers and class representatives from Gatugi Girls Secondary school, during their visit to the college.



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These are PhD students from different disciplines offered at the University, graduating during the 55th Graduation ceremony.



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2016-2017 2nd Sem Teaching Time  Tables_MSc Hort Plant Breed Seed Tech Crop Protect Plant pathology-Jan  2017



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It was a great friday and something that no one would want to miss for anything next time.



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Having fun as one CAVS family of many departments, Plant Scinece and Crop Protection Department being part of this happy moments.



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Read UoN's Vice Chancellor, Prof Mbithi, Christmas and New Year Message here



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Mr Nicholas Kyalo (pictured), a fresh Bsc Horticulture graduate (class of 2015) from the department of Plant Science and Crop Protection (PSCP) was awarded the best poster prize at the just concluded annual HAK workshop/conference. The 15th Workshop on Sustainable Horticultural Production in the Tropics was held the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) – Kandara Center from 1st to 4th December 2015. The workshop is an annual event that brings together researchers, academia, students and other stakeholders in the Horticulture sector in a forum where research findings are presented alongside exhibitions.



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The Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection in the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), University of Nairobi, in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), ICIPE, the Kyeema Foundation and Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) will be hosting a one-month international course on Increasing the Development Impact of Agricultural Research (IDIAR) on 2 – 27 November 2015 at Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, Parklands, Nairobi.



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UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND VETERINARY SCIENCES

FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE

DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCE AND CROP PROTECTION

 

INCEPTION MEETING FOR AGRA SPONSORED STUDENTS IN THE “CAPACITY BUILDING IN CROP IMPROVEMENT AND AGRONOMY FOR IMPROVED FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL SECURITY IN D.R. CONGO & SOUTH SUDAN

 



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TO ALL ACADEMIC STAFF AND POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS

 

REF: INVITATION TO A SEMINAR

A team from Department of Ecology Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences led by Mattias Jonsson an Associate Professor will be giving a seminar entitled “Research at CBC - Centre for Biological Control, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences”. The purpose of the seminar is to interact with the team and share ideas for research collaboration. You are warmly invited.

 



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It is estimated that 1.3 billion tons of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted before it reaches the consumer. This represents 30% or one third of the total food produced. Fruits and vegetables alone contribute 44% or (~572,000,000 tons) of the total losses. There is a call for action to reduce these losses across the world and there are several global initiatives to towards this goal. It is against this background that the special seminar titled ‘Postharvest Technologies for Reduced Postharvest Losses’ was organized. The seminar was held at the University of Nairobi (UON), Faculty of Agriculture Building on 30th June, 2015.



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There will be a special seminar by a visiting professor from Michigan State University, Prof. Randolph Beaudry. The Seminar will be held on 30th June, 2015 (Tuesday) at 2.00 pm in room 205 (Faculty of Agriculture Building).



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Consultative meeting held to discuss Development of MSc. program in Biosafety Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi. It was chaired by the Chairman Department of Plant Svcience and Crop Protection.



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BSc. Agriculture and Horticulture students during a practical on Principles of plant propagation. The practical is about Propagation by Layering and Division, one of the many practical works given as part of their hands-on experiences.



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Pension Members’ Education Day

Ms. Fahima Zein, the Fund Manager, Genesis Kenya Limited, giving tips on the best ways to invest and save earnings during the Pension Members’ Education Day. Research has it that 75.8% of retired individuals use their lump sum benefits on consumption commodities; only 21.4% bother to invest.



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University of Nairobi will host this year’s Nairobi Innovation Week from 3rd to 5th August, 2015. The objectives of this event are:



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THE MANGO PROCESSING CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP



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The ‘Mango Processing Consultative Workshop’ was held at the college of agriculture and veterinary sciences on 5th June, 2015. The workshop theme was



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University of Nairobi team that participated in Ngong Hills tree planting event which was led by Prof. Agnes Mwangombe, Principal CAVS.



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Tree planting activity toward environmental conservation.



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Tree planting activity toward environmental conservation.



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The College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), Department of Plant Science and Crop protection, University of Nairobi, in collaboration with University of Sydney, will conduct a one week post-harvest Management Training workshop of Maize, Rice and Legumes at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel, Nairobi and the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Kabete Campus from 10th -14th November 2014. This is the third course of the programme being run under this collaboration, the first one having been done in October, 2012. The programme is led by Prof. Florence Olubayo of the Department of Plant science and Crop Protection. Other collaborating Institutions in the Training programme include, University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.



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 Attached please find the MSC AGRONOMY (ODL)FIRST SEMESTER FACE-TO-FACE SESSION TIME TABLE



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Attached please find  MSc ARM ODL Semester Schedule



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Attached please find the 2014-2015-2016 ODL MSc Crop Protection Semester Schedule(3)



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Attached please find ODL MSc Crop Protection Semester 1 Time Tables_Mid & End Semester Face-to-face session_2014-2015(2)



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attached please find Teaching Timetable - ARM ODL 2013-2014_Mid & End Semester Face-to-face sessions(2)



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                                                          Background
I was invited to attend two meetings
I. The ACTESA/COMESA regional communication workshop (18-19th August 2014)
II. COP-MOP7 preparatory meeting (20th August 2014)
In both case, I attended the meetings as a stakeholder and an expert in biotechnology and biosafety.
1. The ACTESA/COMESA Regional Communication Workshop
The regional consultative and communications workshop on biotechnology and biosafety workshop was organized by Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), through its specialized agency, the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Central Africa (ACTESA), and in collaboration of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (FDR) Ethiopia. This was a follow-up to the 32nd Meeting of the Council of Ministers in February 2014, where the COMESA Policy on Biotechnology and Biosafety was adopted, taking into account the sovereign right of each Member State.The goal of the workshop was to raise awareness on the developments to date of the COMESA Biotech and Biosafety Policy approval as well as allow member states to discuss on the next steps towards implementation of the regional policy.



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Agriculture is the mainstay of most African economies and directly contributes about 26% of the GDP annually and another 25% indirectly in most East African countries. The sector accounts for about 65% of total exports in Eastern Africa and provides more than 70% per cent of informal employment in the rural areas. However, food and nutritional security still remain a major challenge. Farmers mainly practice subsistence crop production using inferior quality seed of low yielding crop varieties. The region requires breeders who are responsive to farmers’ needs and who have the skills to apply modern and participatory approaches to crop breeding, especially for those crops that are particularly important in
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Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and forest biodiversity

 Research proposal writing courses

Many African farmers, especially in marginal areas, rely on neglected and underutilized species (NUS) for their livelihoods. But the commercialization of NUS is constrained by a weak knowledge base, poorly developed value chains and inadequate capacity and policies. Often, bottlenecks require biophysical and socio-economic research to generate new knowledge that value chain actors can apply to increase sales and profits.

The project ‘Strengthening capacities and informing policies for developing value chains of neglected and underutilized crops in Africa’,  through a grant from the EU-ACP Science & Technology programme, is seeking to develop such research capacity.

Bioversity International, the International Foundation for Science (IFS) and our partners now offer young African scientists training in the art of developing research project proposals that solve problems related to the value chains of Bambara groundnut and amaranth in particular, and NUS in general.

This Call for Research Applications is focused on the value chains of priority NUS plants in three sub-regions: Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa, respectively. We are interested in applications that focus on:

  1. The value chains of two target crops:  Bambara groundnut and amaranth (grain or vegetable). Preference will be given to applicants working on these crops.
  2. Priority species of NUS plants, as identified at two regional workshops in 2010 (please refer to the call).
  3. Other NUS plants of national/regional importance.

Three regional courses will be held, targeting scientists in eligible countries only (see table below).



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Attached please find the programme for the PROGRAMME FOR KENYA NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON UPGRADING VALUE CHAINS FOR BAMBARA NUT AND AMARANTH



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Dry maize available for sale at the Field Station costing  Ksh. 3,200 per 90kg bag.



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Verticle gardens at Field Station showcasing diverse vegetable production for city farmers

 



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The Field Station  produces various crops e.g spinach using drip irrigation system.  The system eliminates water runoff and less evaporation from soil which conserves & reduces water usage leading to higher gross margin.



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One week old  Freshian calve at Field Station Livestock Section



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