Soil Chemistry and Fertility
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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. Joseph Keter

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

Currently an Associate Professor in Soil Science majoring in Soil Chemistry, Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (soil acidity and liming, methods of soil chemical analyses, macro- and micronutrient use by crops) in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology and a former Chairman the Department of Soil Science. He is a Principal Supervisor for 5 PhD candidates and 10 MSc. Candidates. He has served in various University Committees. Read More

Dr. Richard N. Onwonga

BSc (Egerton), MSc (Egerton), PhD (BOKU)

Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Nairobi - Department of Land Resource Management and Natural Resources, Teaching and supervising both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and examines thesis on various soil and soil-environment related courses. He has PhD in Agriculture (Dr. nat. techn) from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, M.Sc. in Soil Science, and B.Sc. in Agriculture Education & Extension from Egerton University. Read More

Dr. Fredrick O. Ayuke

BSc (Moi University), MSc (Moi University), PhD (Wageningen University)

Soil Biologist/Ecologist,  and a  Senior Lecturer in the this department.Graduated with a PhD from the Department of Soil Quality, Wageningen University, the Netherlands in 2010, his studies funded by the World Tropical Research Organization (WOTRO/NWO) of Netherlands.Read More

Dr.  George Njomo Karuku

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

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agriculture Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, specializing soil technology that entails modelling for Irrigation water application and scheduling, soil water balance of the root zone and consumptive water use by crops increase water use efficiency for enhancement of food security. I have been involved in research and modelling effects of Climatic change as well as Research on soil fertility, plant nutrition, soil biology with emphasis on sustainable agriculture through conservation tillage and use of cover crops. Read More

Mr. Joseph M. Ndutu

BSc (UoN), MSc (UoN)

A Lecturer, University of Nairobi. Graduated from University of Nairobi in 1986 with BSc. Range Management and employed by Ministry of Agriculture. Has worked in Kwale as District Range Planning Officer and later enrolled for 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.Read More

Mr. John K. Mungai

Dip, BSc (UoN)

A Technologist in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology, Faculty of Agriculture. He is in-charge of soil, water and plant laboratory He holds Degree in Analytical chemistry from the University of Nairobi besides other academic and professional qualifications. He conducts chemical tests on soil water and plant samples He is responsible for supervising students chemistry practical’s and He is also currently responsible for analysis in Water Research Lab.Read More

Ms. Lilian S. Wambui


Support staff member Grade II  and lab assistant in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. She holds a Certificate of Kenya Primary Education. She has over 28 years’ of experience.Read More
Projects ongoing and past
  • 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
  • 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
Degree courses  or units
Undergraduate Bsc Management of Agroecosystems and Environment
 Possible career opportunities
  • National and International Research Organization
  • Government Ministries a and Departments
  • Teaching in Environmental/ Natural Resources Training 
  • Consultancy firms
  • Self Employment
Year No View List of Students
2013 52 View
2012 45 View
2011 43 View
2010 14 View
2009 21 View
2008 9 View