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Mr. Julius Karanja with other youths on a sessional discussions

Mr. Julius Karanja Mbatia, a 3rd 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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CAVS , Faculty of Agriculture boardroom
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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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Taifa Hall- UoN
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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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Dept. of LARMAT
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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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Department of LARMAT
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Communities living around the University Ngong Forest Station near Kiserian were supplied with indigenous tree seedlings to plant in their farms.  Four villages were represented.

A total of 350 seedlings were given to the community while 50 seedlings were donated to Naserian Primary School.

The University team was led by Mr. Henry C. Kahi (3rd Right), Principal Technologist- Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology.

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Ngong Forest Station
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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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Dr. SM Mureithi of University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology participated in the Dryland Collaborative Knowledge Network Workshop: Collaborative Institutions and Innovative Transformations to Sustainability. January 28-31, 2015 at Colorado State University, USA. The purpose of the workshop was to design a knowledge network (KN) for the world’s arid and semi-arid/ dryland social-ecological systems.

The participants were guided by the following questions:

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Colorado State University
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Dr. Koech Oscar of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) represented the Centre for Dryland ecosystems and societies (CSDES) in a technical committee meeting on Building Resilience in the Horn of Africa: Taking Stock and Prioritizing Areas for Action. The meeting was held on 23-24 March 2015 at Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This was attended by partners supporting national and regional resilience efforts in the Horn of Africa.

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Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SCENARIOS WORKSHOP - NORTH-EASTERN KENYA

Dr. Oscar Koech of University of Nairobi, Depatment of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology attend a workshop on socio-ecological scenarios influencing emergence and transmission of infectious diseases in the North-eastern Kenya under a project led by International Livestock Research Institute on “Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa: Livestock/Wildlife, Health and Wellbeing (DDDAC) project” held at Nomads Hotel in Garissa from 4-5th March 2015. The study is being implemented in Ijara sub-County and irrigated areas in Tana River County (Bura and Hola).

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North Eastern Kenya
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Dr. Koech Oscar, of the University of Nairobi, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) represented the Centre for Dryland ecosystems and societies (CSDES) in a consortium meeting on forages for Africa held at the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences (IBERS) on 26-29 January 2015

Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, UK. The meeting was a success and the interests of UON and CSDES in the upcoming forage for Africa programme to improve forage productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was well presented. V

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Dept. of LARMAT
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Flemish promoter: Pascal Boeckx (Ghent University)

Local promoter: Stephen Mureithi (University of Nairobi)

Start: 2016 - End: 2020

 

Excess nutrient and sediment discharge in Lake Victoria have led to eutrophication resulting into proliferation of water hyacinth, impairment of transportation, decline in drinking water quality and fish population. The catchment supports 1/3 of Kenya's population and accounts for 60% of the country's surface water resources. This project will contribute to developing a nitrate pollution mitigation strategy by developing human resource and technological capacity for application of classical monitoring and isotopic techniques to assess nitrate pollution pressure.



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Kisumu, Kenya
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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"

 

 

 



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Dept. of LARMAT
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LARMAT Lecture Room 206
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