Agricultural Resource Management



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The department of Agricultural Resource Management was established in 2007 under the School of agriculture and Enterprise development and offers degrees leading to Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. The mission of the department is to train and produce scientists equipped with knowledge and multi-disciplinary research skills necessary for devising innovative and practical solutions to multiple and complex challenges in agricultural resources management and in dryland ecosystems. The main objectives of the department are to train and equip students with knowledge and skills to enable them identify, address, evaluate and advise confidently on the contemporary issues and challenges affecting agricultural development. In this regard, we intend to produce broad and focused cadre of competent and dependable managers in animal resource, land, water and soil fertility; trainers in secondary, university and other institutions of higher learning; and researchers in agricultural resources management. Of late there is demand of this cadre in the banking industry.

Teaching Resources
• Science laboratories are available in the department or related departments.
• Internet facilities are available for research, communication and accessing online information resources.
• Teaching methods include lectures, powerpoint presentations, practicals and field work.
• Resources are also sourced from other institutions where Memorandum of understanding has been signed, for example, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute,



Undergraduate Programmes
The department has three bachelors’ degree programmes, and all have regular students already enrolled and learning.
These programmes are:

1. B.Sc. Agricultural Resource Management
2. B.Sc. Animal Production and Health Management
3. B.Sc. Dryland Agriculture and Enterprise Development

4. BSc Agricultural Education and Extension

Postgraduate Programmes

Agricultural Resource Management runs popular postgraduate programs that have attracted students from the region including Sudan, Rwanda, Mozambique, DR Congo
The postgraduate programs are:

1. MSc Integrated Soil Fertility Management
2. MSc Land and Water management 
3. MSc Dryland Agriculture

4. MSc Animal Nutrition and Management
5. Ph.D. in Integrated soil fertility management
6. Ph.D. in Land and Water Management

There are other Postgraduate programs being developed that include programs in Aquaculture. We are also in the processes of establishing additional laboratories and farm facilities for both research and training.

  • All Programs aim at providing specialized skills to enable graduates work in specialized fields.
  • The programs are designed with cross cutting courses such as information technology, enterprise development, integrated research for development etc, 
  • Duration of the Bachelors programmes is four years and cover 56 courses with 7 every semester while those of Msc is two years and PhD three years.
  • Programmes are flexible allowing students to combine the departmental courses with those offered in other sister departments, and also to benefit from the university core units.
  • All the programs are offered by regular, IBP, Digital School and the study is by course work, CATS, Practicals, projects and written examinations.



Staff and staff development
The department has a team of experienced full time staff who have competencies in training and research in the following broad areas;
• Soil fertility management,
• Animal production and health Management,
• Animal Nutrition and Feeding,
• Aquaculture and Fisheries,
• Agricultural resources management,
• Agricultural modelling,
• Agro-forestry, Irrigation and Water harvesting management
• Biometry and Research methodologies

Currently the department has five well-trained and qualified staff ranging from Lecturer to full Professor all with PhDs.

Research Science and Technology:
Research areas mainly focus on the management of Soil fertility, Soil management, Dryland management, Agro-forestry, Livestock production and fish farming under the current Economic Stimulus Programme. There is also interest in nutrient and crop modeling, and Organic matter management.

Staff Faculty

Future plans res

Future plans res

The department is working towards develop a centre of excellence in Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) in training, research and community outreach. Currently, the ISFM program is offered at both the M.Sc. and PhD level while short courses in ISFM are also offered as a minor course. The objective of the ISFM training programme is to enhance availability of adequately trained manpower to support research, uptake and implementation of practices that maintain and enhance soil fertility. The strong foundation of this is the existence of the state-of-the art soil and plant laboratory equipment but this will need to be supported by appropriate infrastructure and skilled personnel.
A hallmark of the ISFM programme at KU is the high quality curriculum that was developed through a thorough consultative process, which involved KU staff and external stakeholders from local institutions and internationally re-knowned ISFM researchers and academicians. The programme has attracted regional representation from Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 20 students from National, regional and international students have been trained.

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Linkages and Networking res

Efforts are made to foster linkages with other stakeholders in an effort to raise our visibility. The networking has also helped in sharing and learning from one another. Table 2 shows some key Institutions we are partnering with.


Type of Linkage

Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Programme of CIAT (TSBF)

Collaborator in our projects, Also involved in co supervision of postgraduate students

Regional Universities FORUM

Funded three projects sponsoring 6 M.Sc. students

National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation  (NACOSTI)

Funded a project that supported M.Sc. Training for one student

World Agroforestry Centre (WAC- ICRAF)

Hosting students in research projects and students in Integrated Soil Fertility Management Visit their Laboratories for practicals and exposure

Egerton University

Co-hosting research projects for two students

Ministry of Agriculture

Mobilizing stakeholders involved in research work

Farm Concern International

Collaborators in projects with marketing component


Field practical training in ISFM

University of Eldoret

Research projects and developed a training programme involving students from Belgium, co supervision of students

Flemish Inter-university Council  Own Initiative (VLIR)

Research projects and developed a training programme involving students from Belgium, co supervision of students

Research and Dissemination

Research and Dissemination

The department places great importance to agricultural research and development in order to encourage growth of agriculture as the engine of growth of Kenya’s economic development. In this endeavor, efforts are made in development of proposals and applying for donor funds to carry out research that is crucial in generating technologies to improve agricultural production. These projects have also greatly contributed to capacity building in soil Science through training at post graduate level.
Dissemination activities are carried out to encourage clientele to adopt improved agricultural technologies. Staff and students work with smallholder farmers and other stakeholders in the development and dissemination of these technologies in various forums like farmer field days and workshops.

Research Areas
Academic members of staff carry out research activities covering the following broad areas
1. Soil fertility management
2. Animal production and health Management
3. Animal Nutrition and Feeding
4. Aquaculture and Fisheries
5. Agricultural resources management
6. Agricultural modeling
7. Agro-forestry, Irrigation and Water harvesting management
8. Biometry and Research methodologies

Table 1 shows a list of research projects implemented within the department.

Name of staff in Dept

Title of Project

Funding Agency, dates and amount


Students supported

Prof Lucy Kabuage

‘Promotion of meats value chain through improvement of Indigenous Chicken production and marketing in Makueni and Kakamega Counties’

KAPAP (2014 – 2015), KES 16,651,058

KU, University of Nairobi

2 M.Sc.

Prof Lucy Kabuage

‘Enhancing Indigenous Chicken Value Chain for higher productivity and biosecure products in Makueni’

KAPAP (2011 – 2013), KES 7,162,890


2 M.Sc.

Dr. Benjamin Danga

Effects of Soil Properties and Organic Residues Management on C Sequestration, N Losses and Maize yield

RUFORUM (2010 to 2013) -USD 60,000

Kenyatta University, RUFORUM Masinde Muliro University, KARI-Kabete

2 M.Sc.

Dr. Benjamin Danga

2009 SHP 024 Masters Training in Integrated soil Fertility management

AGRA (2009 to 2012)

USD 715,697

AGRA, Kenyatta University, KARI, MoA, ICRAF

15 M.Sc. (Regional students)

Prof Benson Mochoge

Improving Soil nutrients and Water management to increase crop yields for enhanced livelihoods of small scale farmers in Semi-arid eastern Kenya

RUFORUM (2010 – 2012)

USD 60000

RUFORUM, Kenyatta University, KARI, UoN

2 M.Sc.

Dr Jayne Mugwe

CONNEcting knowledge, scales and actors; An integrated framework for adaptive organic resource management, targeting soil aggradation and agroecosystems’ resilience in SSA

NACOSTI- ERAFRICA (2014 – 2017) ksh 7,920,697

University of Eldoret, University of Ouagadougou, Universität Hohenheim, Germany, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

One Ph D

Dr Jayne Mugwe

Scaling Up integrated Soil Fertility Management for Improved Livelihoods (NRM/2012/09)

ASARECA (2013- 2014) USD 525,003

National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Uganda, Makerere University, EXCEL CONSULT, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Rwanda Agricultural Board

One M.Sc.

Dr Jayne Mugwe

Scaling up soybean and climbing beans using a value chain approach in maize-based systems of central Highlands of Kenya (SHP 014)

AGRA (2014 to 2017) US$ 549,645

KU, MoALF, Practical Action, Embu University College

5 M.Sc.

Prof  Benson Mochoge

Rainwater harvesting, use of manure and fertilizers in maize intercrop production on smallholder farms in semi-arid parts of Kenya


Ksh. 1.5M



Dr. Jayne Mugwe

Enhancing productivity and Market Development of soybeans and climbing beans in the central highland of Kenya

AGRA (2010 to 2013) – 806,829 USD

KU, KARI –Embu, Farm Concern International and Ministry of Agriculture

5 M.Sc.

Dr. Jayne Mugwe

Accelerated Uptake and Utilization of Soil Fertility Management Best-Bets Practices in Eastern and Central Africa Sub-Region  

ASARECA (2009 to 2011) – USD 577,000

Kenya (KU and TSBF), Uganda (NARO), Tanzania (ARI)

3 M.Sc.

Dr. Jayne Mugwe

Enhancing farmers’ benefits from integrated soil fertility management through improved water use efficiency and better marketing strategies in the highlands of central Kenya”

VLIR (2008 to 2013) Euro 309,998.58


6 (2 PhD and 4 M.Sc.)

Dr. Jayne Mugwe

Enhancing crop productivity through soil-water conservation and integrated drought prediction and preparedness techniques in the drier zones of Central Highlands of Kenya

RUFORUM (2012 to 2013) -USD 60,000


2 M.Sc.

Dr. Isaac Osuga

Growth performance of goats supplemented with indigenous browse forage mixtures in marginal areas of Kenya


USD 12,500



Dr. Isaac Osuga

Enhancing the productivity of crop and livestock production in Mandera County, Kenya


USD 62,500



Dr. Jayne Mugwe

Unravelling beneficial impact of Nitrogen, carbon and water dynamics in mulch-based systems on crop productivity in

heterogeneous biophysical environment of the Central Kenyan highlands

International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) – USD 53,012

Kenyatta University, TSBF, MoA, KADI

One PhD and M.Sc.

Community Outreach Programmes

Community Outreach Programmes

Community outreach programmes are key in agriculture for improving our understanding of the communities we serve especially the smallholder farmers of Kenya, and the threats they face. Community outreach means going beyond the university and is about teaching others and providing services to society as a whole rather than just our university fraternity. The department has partnered with organizations around us that are useful in promoting development as sharing and learning from one another. Examples of these are Brookside Dairies and smallholder farmers.


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