Latest News in Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology

Dr. Oscar Koech from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology virtually participated in a workshop on Sustainable and holistic use of mesquite (Prosopis spp) to improve quality of life in developing countries. It was held in Salón Ejidal de Nazas (Av. Juárez 21. Centro, CP 35700), Nazas, Dgo and UPIDET ~ ITD, (Av. Tecnológico. Col Nueva Vizcaya, CP. 34080) Durango, México from 14th-17th January 2019. Dr. Koech prepared and delivered a video presentation onProsopis Juliflora Situation in Kenya and Somaliland;
Management and Utilization opportunities and challenges”
The workshop was supported by the recent Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. The present supported project on mezquite seeks to address the following thematic topics: global health and wellbeing; food systems; resilience to environmental shocks and challenge; migration and displacement; clean air, water and sanitation, and affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.



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Durango, México
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Main campus Great court
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A new network run by AgriFoSe2030 and International livestock research institute, ILRI, aims to develop a pool of policy analysts to sustainably support the development, implementation and evaluation of polices for enhanced agricultural transformation and food security in Kenya.

In Kenya and most of Africa, efforts to fight poverty, end hunger and spur economic growth inevitably revolve around the agriculture sector. There is need to support the development of institutional and human resource capacity to support Kenya’s agriculture sector with high-quality policy analyses and knowledge products in a sustainable manner to improve policy making, monitoring and evaluation and learning.  

Developing capacity for enhanced food security

AgriFoSe2030 and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are implementing an initiative to contribute to efforts to address the human resource capacity challenge. The aim of the initiative is to develop the capacity of recent PhD graduates to undertake policy relevant research and analysis and disseminate their work to the policy-making community in support of agriculture and food security in the country.

This entails implementing a blended learning approach tailored to the context of the young scientists, emphasising ‘just in time’ and ‘on the job’ learning involving mentoring, coaching, advising, and networking.

The Initiative has several participating scientist within University of Nairobi. In LARMAT Dr. Stephen Murethi leads the team.



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AgriFoSe2030
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Dr Oliver V. Wasonga, a Senior lecturer in the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural technology participated in the conference. It was held at Sawela Lodges in Naivasha from 3rd – 5th December, 2018

From 2013 to 2018, the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have been funding German – African Research Networks to address possible ways and develop promising strategies and practical solutions to strive for global food security within the funding initiative GlobE. The GlobE research networks have been operating in different regions in Africa and each coordinated by a German lead organization. Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains (RELOAD) is one of the GlobEresearch consortia. The project brings together partners from Germany, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda, and is led by the Institute for Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kassel in Germany. In Kenya, one focus of RELOAD is on pastoral meat value chain (sub-project 6), which is led by the University of Nairobi. Dr. Oliver Wasonga is the principal investigator of workpackages 4 and 5 under RELOAD’s sub-project 6.



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Sawela Lodges, Naivasha
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Adaptation at Scale for Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Project community Feedbacks



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Sawela Lodges, Naivasha
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Mr Lutta Alphayo a PhD student in the department of Land resource management and agricultural technology (LARMAT) presented a poster on “reversing land degradation in Africa by scaling-up evergreen agriculture”’ in the just concluded workshop on “Re-greening Kenya with Trees: Mapping a Collaborative Approach” Workshop at ICRAF. He is also ELD ambassador for Kenya

Regreening Africa is an ambitious five-year project that seeks to reverse land degradation among 500,000 households, and across one million hectares in eight countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. By incorporating trees into croplands, communal lands and pastoral areas, re-greening efforts make it possible to reclaim Africa’s degraded landscapes.

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative together with its partner institutions and Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, aims toenhance the national ability of Kenya to assess the economic costs of land degradation andenhance awareness of the economic benefits of investment in Sustainable Land Management (SLM).



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ICRAF HQ, NAIROBI
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Dr. Anne Karuma (third left) with conference  participants

Dr. Anne Karuma participated in the 1st Research Co-ordinated Meeting on the ‘Global Monitoring of Nitrogen Isotopes in Atmospheric Waters’ (F32008) on 15 - 19th October, 2018 at IAEA, Vienna International Centre in Austria. Dr. Karuma (project’s PI) presented a proposal on a project titled “Understanding the contribution of Atmospheric Nitrogen to the increasing Nitrogen levels in Lake Victoria, Kenya” that is supported by IAEA through the Co-ordinated Research Project. Other project key staff include Dr. Stephen Mureithi (UoN), Benjamin Nyilitya and Bernard Karicho (Ministry of Water and Sanitation). For more information please visit:

http://cra.iaea.org/crp/project/ProjectDetail?projectId=2209&lastActionName=AllActiveCRPList



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Vienna International Centre, Austria
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AgriFoSe2030- affiliated researcher Stephen Mureithi presented in the Development Research conference, DevRes18, that took place in Gothenburg on the 22-23 of August. DevRes is a bi-annual international conference gathering hundreds of researchers at the forefront of development. He was part of the panel "Restore more – it’s all about Multifunctional Landscapes" and we’ve asked Stephen a few questions to understand more about restoring multifunctional landscapes.

What is the most difficult barrier we face to restore more and create multifunctional landscapes?

 The most difficult barrier according to me is the change of mindset, be it the farmers’ mindset or the government’s. There is a way people are used to do things, and knowledge passes through generations or government regimes. However, to introduce something different from the regular flow of things is difficult.



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Gothenburg,Sweden
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