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Prof. Moses Nyangito and Dr. Staline Kibet attended a woody weeds meeting at KEFRI, Muguga. The meeting provided an opportunity for MSc and PhD students supported by the project to present their proposal to the woody weeds team. The meeting participants were from LARMAT-University of Nairobi, Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI), CABI Switzerland, Bern University, Haramiya University Ethiopia, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Tanzania Forestry Research Institute (TAFORI) and Sokoine University of Agriculture. Part of the meeting involves visiting Prosopis juliflora study sites in Baringo. The woody weeds project support, Mr. MickFanaka Mwihomeke, a PhD student registered at LARMAT.



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KEFRI, Muguga
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Dr.Oliver Wasonga sharing information how pastoralist are adapting to climate change. See Video



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KEFRI, Muguga
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Students presenting his projects

On 7th May 2019, fourth year undertaking BSC Management of Agroecosystems and Environment presented their final research project to their supervisors. The marks awarded will be added to the final examination paper. It was noted that students have marked research aspect through various disciplines of findings studied and are ready to face the global carrier market. We wish them well in your future endeavors



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LARMAT, Seminar room
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Dr Stephen Mureithi participated in the UNEA 4 – International Nitrogen Management System (INMS) Conference held at the UN Environment, Nairobi on 29th April to 2nd May 2019. An International Nitrogen Management System (INMS). INMS will bring together the science community, the private sector and civil society to gather and synthesize evidence that can support international policy development to improve global nitrogen management. Dr. Mureithi is participating in Component 3 of the INMS, and is the INMS Water Quality Lead Expert for the East Africa Demonstration Site (EADS) at Lake Victoria. EADS brings together five countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) in the Lake Victoria catchment.



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UN ENVIRONMENT'S GLOBAL BASE, NAIROBI
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Dr. Oliver V. Wasonga and Ahmed Musa Interviewing Livestock Trader in Somaliland

Dr. Oliver V. Wasonga  on April 29-May 05, 2019 visited Somaliland to supervise Mr. Ahmed Musa, a PhD student registered in the Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi. Ahmed is funded under the “Governing Economic Hubs and Flows in Somali East Africa” (GOVSEA) project, and has been studying terminal markets in the Berbera corridor of Somaliland that supply livestock destined for export to the Arabian Gulf. Dr. Wasonga and Ahmed Musa undertook key informant interviews with actors at livestock markets in Hargeisa and Tog Wajaale, and the port of Berbera through which the livestock are exported to Saudi Arabia, Oman and Yemen.



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Somaliland
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Dr. Oliver V. Wasonga; Dr. Fred Wesonga (Principal, ISTVS) and; Ahmed Musa at ISTVS

In line with the University of Nairobi’s policy of forging partnerships with institutions of higher learning locally and internationally, Dr. Oliver V. Wasonga and Ahmed Musa paid a courtesy call to the Principal of ISTV in Somaliland to make contacts for possible future partnerships. The main aim of the visit was to explore further collaboration avenues besides the existing partnership through the BSc in Dryland Economics and Agro-Ecosystem Management (DEAM), which is offered at ISTVSthrough accreditation by the University of Nairobi.



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Somaliland
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Dr. Oliver Wasonga Facilitating Training in the President’s Boardroom at University of Hargeisa

To advance the University of Nairobi’s policy on collaborative research and training, Dr. Oliver V. Wasonga from the Department of Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology (LARMAT)  on 30th April , 2019, conducted a one-day training on basic research methods at the University of Hargeisa (UOH) in Somaliland. The objective of the training was to build capacity of the academic staff at UoH in research. A total of 15 participants were trained in research conception; design; planning; implementation and scientific writing. The exercise was organized by the University of Hargeisa management under the framework of “Governing Economic Hubs and Flows in Somali East Africa” (GOVSEA) project. GOVSEA is a collaborative research project t involving the Danish Institute for International Development (DIIS) and Roskilde University in Denmark; African Dryland Institute for Sustainability &LARMAT at the University of Nairobi; Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia; and University of Hargeisa in Somaliland.



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Somaliland
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Philemon Ng’asike presenting hi PhD research findings

Dr. Oliver V. Wasonga, a Senior Lecturer and Philemon O. Ng’asike, a PhD student from the Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) University of Nairobi joined a team of researchers at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) for a seminar and annual meeting for the Governing Economic Hubs and Flows in Somali East Africa (GOVSEA) project workshop at Roskilde University in, Denmark. The workshop was held from 22nd to 26th April, 2019.

The theme of the seminar was doing business in fragile states’, while the workshop was focusing on research findings by doctaral students funded through the GOVSEA collaborative research project.

Philemon’s research work is on ”analysis of cross-border livestock trade between Kenya and Somalia” . Ahmed Musa, another PhD student supervised.



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Roskilde University, Denmark
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Regional scholarship team visit to GIS lab , LARMAT

The University of Nairobi fraternity on Wednesday 10th April 2019 overwhelmingly welcomed ICIPE evaluation team spearheading avenues for partnership in PASET-RSIF African Host University. This was as a result of grant fund applied on capacity building of several post graduate programmes offered within the institution. The intended grant will be supported by the PASET Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) and will have a direct support to the PhD in Drylands Resource Management offered in this department. LARMAT was privileged to host the evaluation team. ICIPE team met various faculty members, students and other stakeholders. A discussion was rolled out with adequate experience sharing tailored to the proposed grant. The University of Nairobi is seeking for the opportunity to be a PASET-RSIF African Host University. The visiting evaluation team had fruitful deliberations and identified the need to strengthen the regional programme that’s has the following objectives;



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CAVS, University of Nairobi
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Training underway

Dr. Oscar K. Koech from the University of Nairobi (UoN) Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) conducted a 2 days community training on sustainable ways to manage Prosopis juliflora to reduce and avoid invasion. He trained communities in Oodwayne from 3rd and 4th April 2019. They were trained on Prosopis juliflora value addition of seed pods as animal feed for conservation and feed block for use during feed shortage or as feed supplement. The need for communities to do feed bulking is increasingly becoming important as an adaptation to climate change and variability impacts in the drylands.



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Oodwayne
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Students rewarded for participation 

The University of Nairobi in partnership with World Vision Somalia and IGAD Sheikh Technical University of Veterinary School (ISTVS) under the collaborative research, extension and outreach program in March 2019,conducted outreach to agricultural and environmental students. This is supported by World Vision through the DFAT funded Australian NGO cooperation Program (ANCP) project is mentoring students and offering practical and experiential learning on Good Agricultural Practices. This collaboration enhances youth capacity development for students at ISTVS in areas of natural resource management and sustainable agricultural systems. This partnership has trained students and actively engages them in community extension and farmer outreach services. The outreach activities trained includes; outreach on plant propagation, good agronomic practices, agroforestry, and apiculture and irrigated horticulture production. The interns reported this as the first opportunity that has enabled them to learn and gain hands-on skills on extension methodologies and technology transfer.



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IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS)
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Somaliland communities , UoN  and ISTVS team

Prof. Geoffrey Kironchi, Dr. Oscar K. Koech and Sicily Muchira all from University of Nairobi (UoN) together with Mr. Kenneth Tembe and Mr. Godfry Anyika from IGAD Sheikh Technical Veterinary School (ISTVS) conducted Agro-pastoralist community training from 26th to 27th March 2019 in Somaliland. The communities were trained on Good Agricultural Practices including crop pest and disease management using IPM, IWM, seed bulking, crop nursery management, safe use of crop pesticides, soil and water management, agroforestry practices, and plant propagation and seed bulking technologies. The aim of the training was increase farmer’s capacity to sustainably manage their natural resources and increase farm productivity. The training was supported by World Vision through the DFAT funded Australian NGO cooperation Program (ANCP) project.



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ISTVS IN SOMALILAND
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Ms. Diana  Didi Githu is a UoN alumni, in Range Management and graduated in 2017 from  Department of LARMAT. She is now pursuing  MSC in Range Restoration Ecology at the Unversity of Arizona. She recently won the best Environmental and social justice Award.



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University of Arizona
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Students and their Lectures at Masinga Dam

On 5th April, 2019, Fouth and Second year students undertaking BSC Range Management and BSC Management of Agro- ecosystems and Environment under guidance of Dr. Staline Kibet, Ms. Carolyne Kyalo, Ms. Carolyne Odori, Mr. Musembi Kimeu and Mr. Simon Mbote were exposed to a exclusive excursion. The trip was on ecology and agro ecological systems and land use systems and their associated vegetation in semi- arid regions of Eastern and Central Kenya. This entirely covered various Agro- ecological zones (AEZ) ranging from Nairobi, Kiambu, Kirinyanga, Embu and, Machakos Counties. Different ecosystems and land uses were realized in Kakuzi, Kambiti, Mwea irrigation scheme all the way to Masinga dam and its Environs. The trip provided a better understanding of various ecological management as well as informed complex relationships between plants and animals in the various ecosystems nested in different land use systems.



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Kakuzi, Mwea, Masinga
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Wilson Wanjohi, staff from department of LARMAT presented CAVS in  DART  game competion  in the just concluded UoN sports day. He was recognized as the most valuable player. In addition  CAVS  emerged the overall in DART game and received the college trophy

Mr. Wanjohi Wilson receiving trophy from the VC and Principal, CAVS



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UoN, Main campus
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Dr. Oscar K. Koech from the University of Nairobi (UoN) Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) conducted a 7 days community training and extension on sustainable way to manage Prosopis juliflora to reduce and avoid invasion. Dr. Koech trained the communities on technologies for Prosopis seed pod use as animal feed, through processing of feed meal and feed block for conservation in preparation for feed shortage periods, including effective ways to process and conserve crop residues for feed. The community was also trained on charcoal from Prosopis value addition as high density briquettes for good quality products that can fetch better market prices to benefit the community, including target for export as branded high value cooking energy source. The community was also trained on land rehabilitation and ecosystem conservation. The participants were from Bula Hawa and Dolow regions of Somalia, including women who are key in household and natural resource management decision in the community.



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DOLOW, GEDO REGION OF SOMALIA
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Mr Bosco Kisambo presenting PhD Proposal

On 14th March, 2019, the Chairman LARMAT, Prof. G. Kironchi, departmental students’ project coordinator, Dr. G. Karuku, students supervisors, lectures and fellow students were enriched with various scientifc presentations by ongoing Masters and Doctorate students. Five students (2 Masters and 3 PhDs) shared their proposed project research. It was discovered most of intended research have adequate a crosscutting approach with sufficient innovations once adequately executed. The students therefore with guidance of supervisors and affiliated funding agencies are up to the task.  Students who presented their proposal  are undertaking PhD and MSC in Range Management, PhD in Dryland Resource Management and MSC Land and Water. They were; Geoffrey Lelenguyah, Stephen Mwihomeke, Bosco Kisambo, David Kariuki and Josephat Mungoche and it took place at LARMAT seminar room 201. We wish you well as you persue your academic research.



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LARMAT Seminar room, 201
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Department of LARMAT participated in CAVS open day which was held on 8th and 9th March 2019, at College of Agriculture and Veterinary sciences, UoN The department has two sections. Range management and Soil sciences. In LARMAT we advocate that “all flesh come from soil” The department deals with teaching, research and consultancy on agro-ecological ecosystems, Range Management, Dryland Resource Management, land and Water shed Management, Management of Agroecosystems and Environment. Soil Science, Soil Physics, soil chemist, biofix fertilizer research, identification of plant species (taxonomy and herbarium), agro forestry, analysis of animal nutrition as well as pasture improvement. The department has two (2) Bachelors’ degree programs, six (6) Masters and six (6) PhD degrees.



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LARMAT Seminar room, 201
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Mr. Michael Bolton Onyango was attached at Ol Pejeta conservancy. Between 10th July 2018 and 21st September 2018, I was privileged to take part in pasture monitoring, Lion tracking as well as monitoring of other animal species in Ol-Pejeta Conservancy for my industrial attachment to inform various decisions including livestock keeping practices and tourism in Ol-Pejeta. Lesson learnt: Maintenance of healthy, resilient biodiversity in the different ecosystems alongside commercial use of resources for livestock keeping and tourism is key in Kenyan rangelands. It was an awesome experience, out in the wild, watching the wild animals and breathing fresh air. “With passion in travelling, serving the community and nature, you are good to go!” Says future conservationist/ researcher, Mr Michael B.O.



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Ol Pejeta conservancy
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Particpants group photo

Dr. SM Mureithi the founder of  Watershed Hydrology Research Lab, Department of Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and Benjamin Nyilitya, a PhD student and a Water chemist with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation participated in the INMS East Africa Demonstration Site inception workshop at Imperial Hotel, Kisumu, Kenya on 5th and 6th March 2019. The workshop is aimed at improving the understanding of the regional N cycle and investigate practices and policies to maximize sustainable production of food, goods and energy while reducing negative impacts of reactive nitrogen on the environment and human health. The workshop will also focus on task force development for the priority issues for the site. The Workshop was organized by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), in conjunction with the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC).

Benjamin gave a presentation titled ‘Tracking the Nitrogen losses (sources)



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Imperial Hotel, Kisumu,
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Upper Kabete campus
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Dr. Oscar K. Koech, from the department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) and Dr. Ambrose Kipyegon and Dr. Tequiero Okumu Abuom and Jane Kamau from the Faculty of veterinary Medicine attended the student competition presentation on one health approach in combating antimicrobial resistance on 2nd March 2019. This was an exciting opportunity where students in the College Of Agriculture And Veterinary Sciences were able to demonstrate inter disciplinary approach and innovation as a key component in addressing the global challenge of anti-microbial resistance. The students presented as a team from different faculties (Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and different departments, which was also among the evaluation criteria by the judges (Dr. Oscar K, Dr. Ambose K and Miss Jane K.



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Clinical Studies Department, Faculty of veterinary medicine
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Miss Maliti Yusuf, a Master’s student in Range Management from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) participated in the stakeholder’s consultative forum for the National Rangelands and Pastoralism strategy in Isiolo County, Kenya. Miss Maliti was able to meet her mentors Dr. Oliver Wasonga and Dr. Oscar Koech from LARMAT, where she had the opportunity to discussed and consult on her research progress within Isiolo County. Her research work is entitled; “A Socio-Economic Analysis of Shifts in Livelihoods among the Pastoral Households in Peri-Urban Areas of Isiolo Town, Northern Kenya”. She was also able to meet many other stakeholders working in the rangelands of Kenya and actively participated in the stakeholder’s forum discussion



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Bomen Hotel, Isiolo
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Dr. Oliver Wasonga and Dr. Oscar Koech from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT)  on  participated in the stakeholder’s consultative forum for the National Rangelands and Pastoralism strategy being developed in Kenya. It took place from 26th -27th Feb 201at Bomen Hotel, Isiolo.

This process was initiated during the national rangeland policy dialogue held in 2016 that established that there are various policies relevant to Range Management, However, strategies to operationalize the policies were lacking. As a result, a workshop held in June 2017 produced the draft Rangeland Strategy of 2017 which highlights many issues and frameworks necessary for providing guidelines for sustainable interventions in the Rangelands.



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at Bomen Hotel, Isiolo
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Students and FoNNAP team loading Parthenium hysterophorus in sacks for proper disposal at Hyena Dam at Nairobi National park

Four Range Management students (Jemmimmah Omondi James Mema, Felix Odegi and Naomi Nzilani,) participated in the removal of invasive alien plant – Parthenium hysterophorus at the Hyena Dam, Nairobi National Park on 9th February 2019.

The exercise had been organized by the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNAP) for its membership. The park is currently under serious threat from Parthenium hysterophorus which is allelopathic and so it competes major wildlife pastures and forage. Increased growth of P. hysterophorus is as a result of extensive activities within the park such as Standard Gauge Railway construction, frequent maintenance of the access roads and frequent traffic of tourists due to its proximity to the capital city of Kenya. The FoNNAP team currently considers manual extraction of weed as the only available option since chemical control is prohibited at the Park while biological control will only happen after control trials and approvals passed by government. The students were led by Dr. Staline Kibet a lecturer in LARMAT ,College of Agriculture and Veterinary sciences.



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Nairobi National park
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Group sessions 

Ms Carolyne Kyalo participated in the recent completed second of three planned sessions on Grant Proposal Writing Training held from 20th to 22nd February, 2019 at Chiromo Conference Centre, University of Nairobi. The trainings seeks to impart appropriate skills to faculty members and PhD students. The training was facilited by the Ag. DVC (Research Production and Extension), UoN, Prof. Madara Ogot. In his actual sediments, Grant proposals are different from academic proposal and the heart of proposal writing is how activities are framed. Anyone competing for proposals writing must have unique, innovative and creative ideas. Funds are driven to good ideas!!



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Chiromo Conference Centre, University of Nairobi
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University of Nairobi’s researchers (Stephen Mureithi, Cecilia Onyango, DaselKaindi, Jane Mutune, and Esther Kanduma) completed a postdoc training on translating science to policy in 2018, facilitated by ILRI with funding from AgriFoSe2030 Programme. The main objective of the ILRI/AgriFose training initiative was to enhance 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 Kenya. As part of creating a network of young scientists doing research for policy, the first cohort trainees are offering similar training to a second cohort of postdocs from the University of Nairobi using the knowledge they gained from the training by ILRI. The first training Workshop for the Second Cohort was held at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences on Thursday 14th February 2019, from 9am-5pm.



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College of Agriculture and veterinary Sciences[img_assist|nid=22053|title=Participants group photo|desc=|link=none|align=center|width=100|height=65]
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The Associate Dean FOA, Prof. Rose Nyikal, Chairman Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), Prof. Geofrey Kironchi, and Dr. Oscar Koech, a lecturer in LARMAT and Industrial attachment coordinator in the Faculty of Agriculture, on on 29th Jan 2019 hosted a discussion with visitors from Acre AFRICA, Mr. Ian Kopar Oduk, Portfolio Manager, and Mr. Stephen E. Vick,  the head of procurement, Quality Control and Product development, and Jane N. Kamau, Quality Control Assistant from African Coffee Roasters (ACR). Mr. Stephen and  Ms. Jane had visited the UoN to firm up on collaboration in areas of research, training and outreach. These initiatives  will strengthen the need for UoN and industry linkages that is needed to ensure quality training and offer experiential learning students and job opportunities. The meeting agreed to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the collaboration between the two organizations.



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College of Agriculture and veterinary Sciences[img_assist|nid=22053|title=Participants group photo|desc=|link=none|align=center|width=100|height=65]
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Dr. Oscar Koech from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) from 20th to 27th January, 2019 participated in the development of skills based curriculum for Ranch Supervisors, Ranch Foreman and Ranch Herder organized by The National Industrial Training authority (NITA). The participants in the workshop developed the National Operation Standards (NOS) for the same skilled professionals. The curriculum was developed with the identification of Ranching and livestock production in the rangelands having great contribution to employment creation, significantly contributing to the Agricultural GDP. Rangelands form a significant proportion (over 80%) of total land mass in Kenya that should be exploited sustainable and provide safe products to the population. The developed curriculum aims at ensuring livestock production is done in a professional way, while conserving the environment and observing the food safety standards.



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NITA Mombasa
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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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