Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology Conferences

CAVS SPORTS REPORT

Date & Time: From 2015-04-27
To 2022-04-27
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AAUN (Australia Africa Universities Network ) PRDF Workshop - Nairobi

Date & Time: From 2015-03-18
To 2015-03-18
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Impact of community conservation management on a Kenyan semi-arid savannah- Conference on Desertification and Land Degradation

Date & Time: From 2013-06-17
To 2013-06-18
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Location:Ghent, BELGIUM.

Presenter: Dr. Mureithi

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1ST STUDENT- LED CONFERENCE HELD AT CAVS

Date & Time: From 2013-05-29
To 2013-05-30
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The University of Nairobi (UoN)- Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems & Societies (CSDES) opened its doors to the first ever student-led conference whose motto was preparing the next generation for dryland sustainability. The conference was held from 29th-30th May, 2013 at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), Upper Kabete.

The two day conference on Transformative Education, Research and Engagement for Dryland Resilience and sustainability organized by the University of Nairobi (UoN) Students and Colorado State University (CSU), brought together students and leaders from various diverse sectors.

Prof. Isaac M. Mbeche, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of student affairs opened the conference on behalf of the Vice –Chancellor.  The DVC was optimistic that the discussion of research findings and research ideas shared in the conference would contribute to renewed thinking on how to release the potential of drylands.

Dr. David Nkedienye, Governor Kajiado County, gave a keynote address on empowering the underrepresented groups for sustainability on dryland ecosystem & societies. He emphasized on the critical role of higher education if the counties have to take off. “There is need to bring expertise with good work ethics, the right attitude and effort into place. Young people and students need to come on board so as to achieve the right result”. Dr. Nkedienye said.

Student interns who had gone for field work in the drylands like Narok, Garissa, Isiolo, Samburu and Kajiado narrated their experience in the fields. One common problem was lack of infrastructure and networks in place. There was also the problem of language barrier.

The students emphasized on the need to evaluate relationship between human and wildlife and to strategize opportunities like wildlife farming and eco-tourism potential that will lead to sustainable wildlife utilization.  The need to train livestock herders on herd management also came up. It was evident that people living in the dryland still faced mobility hardships, insecurity and illiteracy.

While giving her closing remarks, Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe, Principal, CAVS acknowledged the efforts of the students and all the participants in organizing and making the 1st student conference a success. She called on all the stakeholders to make the conference an annual event. “I challenge the CSDES and other stakeholders within the University to facilitate the student conference to become an annual event just like it is at Colorado State University. It is my hope that the conference presentations will be published in proceedings that can be one of the many to follow so that the outcomes of the conference will be widely disseminated.” She concluded.

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Impact of land zoning under community natural resource management programme on a Kenyan semi-arid rangeland.

Date & Time: From 2013-05-29
To 2013-05-30
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1st Student-Led Conference 

Location: Centre for Sustainable Drylands and Societies (CSDES), CAVS University of Nairobi.  Nairobi, KENYA..

Presenter: Dr. Stephene Mureithi

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WASH and food; Sanitation and use of waste water models

Date & Time: From 2013-04-28
To 2013-05-04
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Location: University  of developmenet studies, Tamale ,  Ghana

 Presenter: Prof, Nancy Karanja

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intergrated soil fertility management in africa: from microbes to market

Date & Time: From 2012-10-22
To 2012-10-26
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Loaction : Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

Presenter: Prof; Nancy Karanja

PURPOSE

The Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT and the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Nairobi invite participation in an innovative conference intended to critically analyze agricultural technologies, innovative products and land management strategies benefiting small-scale agriculture in Africa. This conference assembles the strengths of several organizations and collaborative research projects committed to designing, refining and delivering potent solutions to food insecurity and agricultural resource degradation in sub-Saharan Africa. A particular focus of this conference deals with the comparison and scaling-up of candidate breakthrough technologies, monitoring and evaluation of their impacts within rural settings and along agricultural value chains and strategies to increase human and institutional capacities in Integrated Soil Fertility Management.  Examples of these breakthroughs include better management of Biological Nitrogen Fixation and other beneficial biological processes; strategic combination of biological, organic and mineral resources in the management of soil fertility and land quality and the commercialization and adoption of new biotechnologies.  The conference will feature invited keynote speakers in plenary sessions, followed by sessions of related thematic oral and poster presentations. The conference will result in electronic proceedings that include its presentations and posters, and short papers based upon them; and is intended to provide guidance to the agricultural research, extension and development community working with African small-scale farmers.

 

 

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ProGroV PROJECT WORKSHOP

Date & Time: From 2012-09-18
To 2012-09-24
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 Location: Arusha

Presenter: Dr. Onwonga

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DRECA Training of Trainers’ workshop, on Effective Teaching Strategies for Biological & Environmental Scientists

Date & Time: From 2012-08-17
To 2012-08-20
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Location: Kampala, Uganda

Presenter: Mr. Oscar Koech

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Soil organic matter, microbial community dynamics and the economics of diversified dryland winter wheat and irrigated sugar beet cropping systems in Wyoming, USA

Date & Time: From 2012-08-16
To 2012-08-16
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Location : LARMAT seminar Room, CAVS

Presenter:  Dr E.J. Mukhwana.- National Museums of Kenya

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CSDES Project implementation progress & strategic orientation workshop

Date & Time: From 2012-08-07
To 2012-08-08
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Location: Maanzoni Lodge, Athiriver , Kenya

Presenter: Prof. Jesse Njoka

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Writers workshop for BSC (Agricultural Education & Extension).

Date & Time: From 2012-08-06
To 2012-08-11
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Location: Kenya Wildlife Institute Training Services (KWITS)

Presenter: Prof. Kinuthia Ngugi

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Rural household energy, poverty and natural resource degradation effects under intense land pressure: the case of smallholder farming systems from Vihiga district of Western Kenya.

Date & Time: From 2012-07-17
To 2012-07-17
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Presenter: Prof. Gachene

Location: ICRAF- Nairobi

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IS REDD+ A GOOD POLICY OPTION FOR KENYA?

Date & Time: From 2012-07-13
To 2012-07-13
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The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) held a very successful seminar on 13th July 2012 aimed at discussing the viability of adopting REDD+ as a conservation measure in the country. REDD+ stands for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in developing countries. The Seminar was held in the Seminar room at the Department of Clinical Studies, College of Agriculture, University of Nairobi.

The Seminar, dubbed: Is REDD+ a good policy option for Kenya? attracted more than 40 participants from various institutions including professors and postgraduate students (both MSc. and PhD)  from the University of Nairobi (UoN),  Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. There were also scientists from the National Museums of Kenya and some local non-governmental organizations. 

 “YES!” was the resounding answer given by an eminent scholar, Prof. Shellemiah Keya in response to the seminar question. He however noted that it must be applied within context and address real needs affecting local people. He was giving his remarks during a question and answer session after the presentation that was given by Dr. Sophie Chapman from the University of Cambridge and Dr. Rowena Maguire from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. The two scholars were sharing their experiences on global policy aspects of REDD+, highlighting key questions that need to be addressed before REDD+ can take off in Kenya.

The seminar was opened by Prof. Jesse T. Njoka who is the Coordinator of CSDES. The don welcomed the participants and presenters to the seminar, the first in a series that will run monthly touching on various dryland issues. His sentiments were echoed by the Chairman of the Department of Land Resources Management and Agriculture Technology (LARMAT), Prof. Robinson N. Kinuthia, who emphasised the need to share information and knowledge as a central mission of the university.

The presentations covered a wide scope of issues relating to REDD+, ranging from basic definitions to contemporary policy questions that tend to be sticky especially in the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. These include land use, emission (carbon) credits, links between REDD+ and livelihoods, and the importance of national actions. They highlighted key questions concerning REDD+ influences on land use by property law (such as land tenure), economic schemes and politics, and how institutions and national systems can seek to influence local level land use policy and legislation.

The five activities that they identified to define REDD+ include:

  1. Reducing emissions from deforestation
  2. Reducing emissions from forest degradation
  3. Forest conservation
  4. Sustainable management of forests, and
  5. Enhancement of forest carbon stocks

In their closing remarks, the presenters wondered aloud what local realities prevail that could influence REDD+ policy in the country. They noted that the context of application must directly address deforestation drivers and must involve primary stakeholders. The presenters were encouraged to partner with the College (CAVS) to seek entry points for education and research on the issue. Mr. Sam Mwangi, a PhD student in the Department of LARMAT,is doing his research in this area and seeks to explore some of these aspects.

Other issues that arose during the seminar were:

  • The need for the policy to address cultural practices such as land inheritance, a key reason for continuous land fragmentation;
  • The key question of indigenous forests under communal land ownership, which may not be addressed in the classic REDD+ model and can only be useful for demonstration purposes, attracting minimal investment;
  • The utilization of financial opportunities offered by REDD+ for rehabilitation of severely degraded forest patches in Northern Kenya, especially lands under use by refugee communities such as Dadaab; and
  • The need to develop lessons for scaling up REDD+ schemes.

 

 

 

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Is REDD+ a Good Policy Option for Kenya?

Date & Time: From 2012-07-13
To 2012-07-13
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Location : CAVS,Clinical Studies Seminar room

Presented by: Dr. Sophie Chapman (University of Cambridge, UK) & Dr. Rowena Maguire (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

 

 

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Training on Pastoralism and Policy Options in Eastern Africa

Date & Time: From 2012-05-14
To 2012-05-25
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loacation:Arusha, Tanzania

Presenter: Dr. Wasonga

 

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Reduction of Post –Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains (RELOAD),

Date & Time: From 2012-03-26
To 2012-03-28
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Location:  University of Nairobi.

Presenter: Dr. Waonga

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