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MrJulius 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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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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Location
LARMAT Lecture Room 206
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