Agronomy
PDF version


Introduction

Agronomy Unit deals with teaching, research and outreach in field crops management,
crop nutrient and water management, cropping systems, agro-forestry, conservation 
agriculture and physiology and management of abiotic stresses. The Unit offers M.Sc.
and PhD  programmes in Agronomy. Some of the research areas include plant and
nutrient management in dry beans, integrated snap bean crop management, conservation
agriculture in legumes and maize, micronutrient density management in vegetables,
drought stress mechanisms and management in dry bean and millet, cassava agronomy,
and nitrogen fixation in legumes.

Career opportunities exist in agricultural research institution, agricultural firms, environmental firms, agricultural firms, agricultural extension service, agricultural and environmental consultancy services institutions, agrochemical firms, tertiary institutions and agribusiness.

Brief history

Agronomy has been taught in the University of Nairobi since 1970 when the Faculty of Agriculture started the B.Sc. Agriculture programme. The pioneer lecturers included Prof. Van Eijnatten, Prof. A.M.Gurnah, Prof. N.M. Fisher and Prof. D.N. Ngugi. The second to third cohort of Lecturers included Prof. D.S.O Osiru, Prof. J.O. Nyabundi, Prof. Basiime and Prof. L.S.M. Akundabweni. M.Sc. Agronomy is one of the pioneer postgraduate programmes in the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection. The curriculum for this programme was developed and approved by the University of Nairobi Senate in 1974. M.Sc. Agronomy graduated its pioneer students in 1977. Among the early graduates of this programme are Prof. J.O. Nyabundi, former Managing Director of Chemelil Sugar Company and current Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor- Administration and Finance (Maseno University), who completed in 1980. Prof. Solomon Shibairo (Dean, Faculty of Agriculture) and Dr. G.N. Chemining'wa, the current Chairman of the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, are among the graduates of the M.Sc. Agronomy programme. The M.Sc. Agronomy used to train students specializing in horticulture till the late 1980s when M.Sc. Horticulture programme was introduced in the Department. It also produced the pioneer weed science specialists in Kenya till 1995 when the weed science discipline was moved to the former Crop Protection Department. The MSc Agronomy programme has a strong environmental agronomy component with courses such as remote sensing, agroecosystem analysis, forage science, agrometeorology and climate change on offer.

Agronomy lecturers provide service to all the eight undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of Agriculture through courses such as introduction to plant physiology, principles of crop production and field crops.
 

Unit Head

PhD(UoN) MSc(University of E.Angalia)

BSc(UoN)

Dr.Kinama is a Senior Lecturer Agrometeorologist and head of Agronomy in the department of Plant science and Crop protection. He is currently college representative to the university exhibition committee, he is the chairman of the exhibition and shows at the Faculty of Agriculture which is responsible for showcasing College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) academic programs innovations and outreach to key stakeholders in the agricultural sector. Read more
   
   
Staff

Dr. George Chemining'wa

PhD (University of manitoba) Msc (UoN) BSc(UoN)

 

 

 

I am an agricultural scientist specialized in agronomy with special focus on integrated crop management. I am currently a Senior Lecturer and Chairman of the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of  Nairobi. I hold a PhD in Plant Science (University of Manitoba, Canada), M.Sc. Agronomy (University of Nairobi), B.Sc. Agriculture at First Class Honours (University of Nairobi) and Postgraduate Diploma in Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (ICRA, The Netherlands) read more

 

Prof. Levi Akundabweni PhD (South Dakota), M.Sc., B.Sc. (Minnesota)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Prof. Akundabweni has over 30 years experience in the field of Agricultural Research (Both International & Ecoregional), 23 years in tertiary-based agricultural education (teaching & learning) and management. Levi has a long experience in smallholder production, practices, outreach and rural agricultural development. He is skilled in Instrument-based research to detect pre-breeding/agronomic useful agro-biodiversity with various tools including: Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) analysis, Near Infra Red Spectroscopy; Chlorophyll Fluorescence Analysis; Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RFLP) and Cellulose Solution Digestion Procedure for estimating forage digestibility quality. He has widely published in his area of expertise.Read more

Mr. Willy Chebii Kibet B.Sc (UoN), HDIP (Kenya Polytechnic), Dip (Eldoret Polytechnic)

 

 

Willy Kibet Chebii/Senior Technologist, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya.

read more

Ms. Catherine Mueni

Dip Applied Biology

 

Catherine Mueni Peter/ Technologist, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi, Kenya

read more

 
Degrees
MSc Agricultural Resource Management View
MSC. Agronomy view
BSc Hortculture View
Projects  
Conserve And Screen Premimium Value Indigenous Plant Biodiversity And Products On Small-holder Farming Systems Of Lake Basin In East Africa View
Abundance, Genetic Diversity And Nodulation Efficiency Of Cowpea (Vigna Unguiculata L.) Rhizobia In South Western Kenya Soils View
   
Projects

List of alumni of MSc Agronomy programme (1977-2000)

 

NAME

GRADUATTION YEAR

 

ALBERT MPURIA M’ARIMI

1977

2

JOHNSTONE MUTEA

1977

3

J.B.O. OWUOR

1977

4

ISAAC JOAB OTIENO OGOMBE

1978

5

JEREMY JACKTON NJOKAH

1979

6

JAMES G. OGDRA

1979

7

JULIUS OMONDI NYABUNDI

1980

8

O.E.B. BALAH

1981

9

JOHN MBURU NJOROGE

1981

10

PAUL WOTO CHAHIRA

1982

11

JOSEPHINE J. MAKOKHA

1982

12

DAVID N. THIMBA

1982

13

JACINTA M. KINYILI

1983

14

GRACE WANGARI MBUGUA

1983

15

NICODEMUS M. MUEKE MWANIA

1983

16

GEORGE MWANGI KARANJA

198

17

BARNABAS SAPITA K. MASYANGA

1984

18

NSHEMEREIRWE FREDERICA

1984

19

JOSEPH O.E. ORYOKOT

1984

20

WACHIRA NGUGI

1984

21

SILVANUS OUMA BANGO

1985

22

EMMANUEL SAFARY ARIGA

1986

23

MARGARET JESANG CHEPKAIROR

1986

24

FRED K. KANAMPIU

1986

25

DEBORAH MURANGA MPIRIIRWE

1986

26

PETER NJOROGE MUGWANJA

1986

27

VITALIS OCHOLAR OLANG’O

1986

28

GEORGE OUMA

19

29

MARY OYIELA ABUKUTSA

1987

30

FRANCIS MUCHOKI KIHANDA

1987

31

JOHN NDEGWA KIMANI

198

32

MICHAEL NJOROGE NGUGI

1987

33

WACHIRA NGUGI

198

34

JAMES MUTUMBA SSEBULIBA

1987

35

ISAIAH MASINDE TABU

1987

36

BASHIR JAMA

1988

37

SAMSON N. MAOBE

1988

38

JEDIDAH MUKAMI MUTUOTA

1988

39

LUCAS NGODE

1988

40

JOSEPHINE P. OUMA

1988

41

WINIFRIDA KOKUHIRWA RWAMUGIRA

1988

42

SOLOMON IGOSANGWA SHIBAIRO

1988

43

EVE NKEMBU KIARA

1989

44

MWANGI W. PETER

1989

45

JOHNSON IRUNGU WAITHAKA

1989

  1.  

BEN WAFULA KISIELO WANJALA

1989

  1.  

JAMES GITAHI KAHURO

1990

  1.  

MUNGA LUVUNO THERESIA

1990

  1.  

WARIARA KARIUKI

1990

  1.  

ADUOL ROSE AKINYI

1993

  1.  

CHEMININGWA GEORGE NDIEMA

1993

  1.  

DIDA MATHEWS

1993

  1.  

ODENY DANSTAN ODENY

1993

  1.  

MWANGA DANIEL KIMANZI

1993

  1.  

LUNGAHO CHARLES SHEM

1993

  1.  

ABDUL H.M. ADDOW

1996

  1.  

PAUL CHANGWONY KORIR

1996

  1.  

AKUJA THOMAS

1996

  1.  

ABDULKADIR H.M. ADDOW

1996

  1.  

KARL WILSON NYABUNDI

1997

  1.  

ALEM G. MARIAM KIDANE

1998

  1.  

ROSE A. NYANGA

1998

  1.  

C.M.M. MUTUNGA

1998

  1.  

ONYANGO J.P. GWEYI

1999

  1.  

ABDRIZAK MOHANED HASSAN

1999

  1.  

JOAN MELLEN A. ODERA

1999

  1.  

MATI GITONGA NICHOLAS

2000

  1.  

WARSAME ABDIRIZAK YUSUL

2000