Dr. Oscar Koech, FOA attachment field coordinator and a lecturer at LARMAT department, visited A University of Nairobi (UoN) student, Ms Selpher Adwey, undertaking her third year experiential learning for industry experience at KCC Eldoret. She showed excellence as a dependable team members as per the industry evaluation supervisor. These are efforts for contributing to Food Security in the big4Agenda, ensuring our future food security and food waste reduction.  The UoN graduates gain the much needed experience and quality training for a better future.

KCC, Eldoret branch
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Top row: Sylvia Muchiri (5th from left) and  Edwin Maingi (4th from right)

Two MSc. Students in Range Management, Edwin Maingi and Sylvia Muchiri from the department of Land Resource Management and Technology (LARMAT) were among students who attended a 10 day emerging scientist’s workshop in Oloisukut conservancy, Narok County. This is a training that aims to introduce the emerging scientist with practical training in conservation and ecosystems conservation. They per took in a baseline study to analyze human wildlife conflict, range condition in the conservancy, distance sampling and camera trap images analysis. The studies were meant to assist Oloisukut conservancy management with empirical data necessary to assist in management of resources within the conservancy. The students were imparted with hands on skills on data collection, data analysis e.g. using R. Studio, report writing and better presentation skills. This was multi disciplinary team with students from other institutions like Kenyatta University, Karatina University, Moi University, The University of Nairobi and Pwani University. The workshop was planned by Dr. Caroline Ng’weno and Mr. Cyrus Kavwele from Karatina University and UoN contact person was Dr. Oscar Koech with the financial support from World Wildlife Fund.

Oloisukut Conservancy, Narok County
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Mr. Evans Omollo Okumbe (centre), Dr. Koech (Right) lecturer- LARMAT UoN and MrBernard Chira (Left),

Quality training for the future conservationist, Mr. Evans Omollo Okumbe (centre) a 3rd year in Range management, Dr. Koech (Right) lecturer- LARMAT UoN and Mr. Bernard Chira (Left), former Range Management student in this department and Ecologist at Olpejeta, during field supervision . Mr. Evans is getting experiential learning at Olpejeta conservancy. The University of Nairobi offers great opportunity for learning together with of industry partners like Olpejeta conservancy. The future belongs to the youth who should receive excellent skills and training to ensure ecosystems sustainability.

Olpejeta conservancy, Nanyuki, Laikipia County
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The 17th PhD seminar was held on 12th July 2019 at the Faculty of agriculture (FOA), College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi. The seminar started at 9.30 a.m. The seminar brought together postgraduate students from various departments within the FOA, who shared their PhD research findings to staff and students. This is a PhD seminar series programme in the faculty of Agriculture that aims at improving PhD research quality and also offer the PhD students an opportunity to share their research findings with fellow researchers. Dr. Koech Oscar from the department of LARMAT is the coordinator of the presentations in the faculty. The following students presented on their research topics. Among presenters were; Shadrack Nyawade, Kimaru Samuel, Bintu Ndusha, Davis Muthini and Keziah Ngugi.Read more 

Faculty of Agriculture, seminar room
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Ms. Maurine Kariuki (Centre) is a BSc. Range Management student at the University of Nairobi with her supervisor Dr. Oscar Koech

Ecosystem management and conservation is Key to Biodiversity conservation. Nature is important for human well being. Ms. Maurine Kariuki (Centre) is a BSc. Range Management student at the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. She is enthusiastic about wildlife management and ecosystem conservation. She chose to get her experiential learning at Giraffe centre, Karen.  Dr. Oscar Koech visited the centre for supervisions and evaluation. Giraffe Centre is a key partner in training and capacity development for the University of Nairobi.

Girafffe centre, Karen
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