Community Outreach Activities in Land Resource Management & Agricultural Technology
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Dr Laban MacOpiyo of LARMAT Leads a Field Assessment Team to Marsabit and Isiolo Counties for the Waterhole Monitoring Project.

Dr. Laban MacOpiyo of Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology led a team from the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to undertake extensive field activities in the counties of Isiolo and Marsabit for the Waterhole monitoring project.

The waterhole monitoring project is a surface water resources monitoring project that is being implemented in the pastoral areas of Kenya to provide near real-time analysis of the variations in depth and status of watering pans and dams across the country.  The aim is to provide critical early warning information on the conditions of water pans and dams in terms of available water for livestock and human use. The monitoring process involves application of several technologies including remote sensing, site monitoring using mobile phones and modelling.

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Venue: Marsabit and Isiolo Counties
Contact Person : Chairman, LARMAT (larmat@uonbi.ac.ke)
Start Date: 2014-07-10
End Date: 2014-12-31
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Venue: Bura Irrigation Scheme
Contact Person : Chairman, LARMAT,
Start Date: 2013-06-10
End Date: 2013-12-30
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Farmers in Makindu, Makueni County have improvised ways of   adapting to increasing insufficient forage for livestock a major impact of climate change especially to range lands. Some of mitigating measures discovered by a C.B.O KAPALIG (Kavatini Pasture and Livestock Improvement Group) are pasture improvement and water harvesting technologies.

Prof. Kinuthia Ngugi, Chairman LARMAT, October 2012 lead a group 10 successful farmers, students and scientist on discussing economic value, cons and pros of indigenous pastures common grown in the area as way of improving livelihood of smallholder farmers.


Venue: Makindu
Contact Person : Chairman, LARMAT,
Start Date: 2013-06-10
End Date: 2013-12-30
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Dr. Koech training on rangeland management, proper feeding

Dr. Oscar Koech from the University of Nairobi (UoN), Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT) in June 2019 ,trained the management and members of the Olare Orok Motorogi conservancy on sustainable rangeland management for better livestock production. This training was supported by Mara Training Centre for the MMWCA Vocational Training project. Dr. Koech from the University provided the community outreach/extension service. The University of Nairobi is playing a key role in sharing of knowledge, skills and technology in support of communities’ production systems for increased food security. This community engagement platform allow for wider range of research products and knowledge sharing with the users as one of the mandates for the Universities. The training covered holistic rangeland management, proper feeding and livestock nutrition, livestock husbandry and breeding.


Venue: Mara Training Centre
Contact Person : Oscar Koech
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