Soil Survey and Land Evaluation
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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. Charles K.K. Gachene

BSc (UoN), MSc (UoN), PhD (Swedish University)

Currently an Associate Professor in LARMAT and immediate past Chairman of LARMAT.  A specialist in soil and water management. Has over 126 publications of which 24 are in refereed proceedings and 58 are in refereed journals and book chapters. Has supervised 22 and 24 MSc and PhD students. Read More

Prof. Joseph Mbuvi

Msc and PhD (Hungary)


Currently an Associate Professor in Soil Science majoring in Soil Survey and Land Evaluation in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. He served as Chairman of the Department of Soil Science and Director of the former Institute of Dryland Resource Development and Utilization. He has supervised for 6 PhD candidates and 20 MSc candidates. He has served in various University Committees. Between 1995-1997 he served as an External Examiner at University of Zimbabwe, Department of Soil Science. Read More

Dr. Vincent Kathumo

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

He is a Lecturer in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agriculture Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, specializing in Soil Science, Remote sensing and Geo Information Systems. He holds a PhD in Soil Science, a Msc in Soil Science, and B.Sc. degree in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He has taught both Graduate and Undergraduate students for the last 5 years and also has supervised 5 Msc thesis and 11 Undergraduate projects. He has published widely in his area of speciality. Read More

Ms. Martha Kimani

Bsc (KEMU), MSc (UoN)

She is a Senior Technologist in the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology. Specializing in Geo Information System and Soil Survey with strong leadership, communication and customer care skills. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Geographic Information Systems and Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture. She has over 15 years of working experience in field and Laboratory work. 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 Training Resources
  • 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