Soil Physics
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The section of Soil Science was among the oldest units of the Faculty of Agriculture teaching all soil science and related courses in the faculty. In 1976. The department launched a  Bachelors and Master’s degree programme in Soil Science and thereafter a Doctoral programme. This programme aims to equip students with the scientific knowledge and skills required to tackle technical issues on management of agriculture-related aspects in the environment such as reduction or control of degradation and pollution, and promotion of environmentally acceptable and sustainable production practices.

Head of Soil Section

Mr. Joseph M. Ndutu

Bsc(UoN),MSc (UoN)

A Lecturer, Graduated from University of Nairobi with BSc in Range Management and Msc Soil Science . He has supervised four MSc. Students with whom he has presented papers in conferences and currently writing journals. He has 3 publications. Mr Ndutu  head Soil section  in this department.  Read More
Staff (Teaching and Academic)

Prof. Geoffrey Kironchi (BSc(UoN), MSc(UoN), PhD (UoN)

The  Chairman, LARMAT and  Associate Professor in Soil Science specializing in Ecohydrology and Water Resource Management in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He holds a PhD in Soil Science, a Masters in Soil Science, and B.Sc. degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has published widely in his area of specialty .Read More

Dr. Stephen M. Mureithi

BSc (UoN), MSc (Ghent), PhD (Ghent)

Dr. Mureithi is a Rangeland ecologist and Soil scientist. His research focuses on the direct effects of disturbance on dryland ecosystems, and restoration of degraded lands and its impact on land, livestock, wildlife and pastoral livelihoods. He also conducts research on the effects of human activities on watersheds. Dr. Mureithi’s main interests are: land, soil and water management; restoration of degraded arid environments; watershed and water resources management. He is the founding scientist and current leader of the Water Research Lab.

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The Chief Technologist in the Department  of  Land Resource Management  and  Agricultural Technology  Faculty of Agriculture . He holds  Masters Degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi besides other academic and professional qualifications.He is a registered EIA Expert with NEMA.Read More

Mr.Fedinard Anyika

Laboratory and  field assistant in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi.   His duties includes  plant and soil sample analysis, data collection, field activities  monitoring, preparation of compost   and proper tillage. Read More
Projects ongoing , past and recently completed
  • Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Enclosures as a tool for land management in East Africa.
  • European Union Erasmus+ KA107 Programme Grants for Higher Education Students and Staff Mobility. Four postgraduate students and three members of staff supported for the exchange programme between the University of Nairobi, Kenya and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
  • Escaping the pastoralist paradox in the face of climate change: A comparative analysis of different tenure systems and their implications for climate vulnerability in semi-arid Sub-Saharan African.
  • Understanding the contribution of Atmospheric Nitrogen to the increasing Nitrogen levels in Lake Victoria, Kenya.
  • Making the best of climate – Adapting agriculture to climate variability
  • Towards Increased Agricultural Productivity and Food Security in East Africa through Capacity Building in Agroecological Intensification”
  • Modelling the potential impact of climate change on sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) production in semi-arid areas of Kenya using the agricultural production systems simulator (APSIM)
  • Capacity Building in sustatinable soil resource management and intergrated soil fertility management
  • Crop Production In Water Scarce Environments: Strengthening local capacity building as an exit strategy
  • Development And Uscaling Of Soil And Water Conservation Technologies. The case of ‘Macro – Contour lines’ in Kathekakai Settlement Scheme, Machakos District.
  • development of  waterhole monitoring system for livestock early warning


Recently completed
  • Improved Nitrate pollution management in lake victoria basin.

  • Sustainable dryland project (Centre for sustainable Dryland ecosystems and societies).
  • Potential of productive and multiple water and waste (re-) use in Kajiado districtPotential of productive and multiple water and waste (re-) use in Kajiado districtMapping the mind of consumers and traders of fresh vegetables at open-air markets with respect to food safety and security in Kenya: An application of the Zaltman Metaphor 28. Elicitation Technique (ZMET).
  • Evaluating ways of developing a fertilizer product from human excreta.
  • Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa (N2Africa).
  • Improving bean yields by reversing soil degradation and reducing soil borne pathogens on small-holder farms in Western Kenya.
  • Creating Wealth For Smallholder Farmers In Arid Areas Of Kenya: The Case of Mukau (Melia Volkensii).
  • Modelling of climate change effects on pastoral livestock production performance in arid northern kenya (Nurturing grant).
  • Proposal for reserach grants on innovative application of ICTs in addressing water related impacts of climate change.
  • Screening finger millet varities for the adaptation  to drought prone ecological regions of estern kenya as a strategy to compact food insecurity and climate change.
  • Building human and institutional capacity for enhancing the conservation  and use of neglected and uderultilized species of crops in west Africa, and Eastern  and  Southern africa.
  • Strengthening Africa’s Strategic Agricultural Capacity for Impact on Development (SASACID): Managing Risk and Uncertainty in Agriculture.
  • Strengthening Africa’s Strategic Agricultural Capacity for Impact on Development (SASACID): East and Central Africa Regional Agricultural Forum for Training (ECA-RAFT).
Degree courses  or units
Post Graduate
Possible career opportunities
  • National and International Research Organization
  • Government Ministries a and Departments
  • Teaching in Environmental/Natural Training Resources
  • Consultancy firms
  • Self Employment
Year  No                  View List of Students
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2012 45 View
2011 43 View
2010 14 View
2009 21 View
2008 9 View