Research,publicationand seminars
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  • Develop thematic areas (research agenda)
  • Collaborative research
  • Drawing up of MoUs and re-activating of existing ones
  • Development of inventory of all research within the department
  • Participate in organizing biennual conference in the faculty
  • Fund raising for the department
  • Co-ordination of student proposal and project presentations
  • Co-ordination of Department seminars


Dr. Margret Jesang Hutchinson

PhD (Guelph) MSc (UoN) BSc (UoN)

Dr. Margaret Jesang Hutchinson is a Horticulturalist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi with over 30 years experience in the Agriculture sector. She obtained her PhD in Horticulture from the University of Guelph in Canada and MSc. in Agronomy and BSc. Agriculture from the University of Nairobi. Her research and outreach work cover most areas of Horticulture and more so Floriculture, from policy to programming and the entire value chain of several commodities. Some of these include: Development of tissue culture protocols for several economically important floriculture and fruit crops; optimizing the agronomic and pest control practices of fruits, vegetables and flower crops, reducing postharvest loses of horticultural crops (cut-flowers, fruits and vegetables); gender mainstreaming in policy and programming just to name a few. Dr. Hutchinson has published widely in refereed journal and conferences

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Prof. Ratemo Michieka PhD(Rutgers)M.Sc. (Rutgers) B.Sc. (Rutgers)

Professor Michieka is a member of staff at the University of Nairobi and has specialized in Agriculture (Weed Science) and Environmental Sciences. He obtained his BSc, MA, and PhD in Weed Science and Environment from Rutgers University, USA. He went for a Postdoctoral training at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) prior to his appointment at the University of Nairobi as a lecturer in 1980. He later became the Founding Vice Chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where he served for 13 years.  Prof Michieka was later appointed the Director General of the National Environment Management Authority, NEMA, where he articulated the dangers of environmental pollution and natural resources degradation. He was responsible for the production of Kenya’s first report on the State of our Environment. Professor Michieka has done extensive research in Weed Science read more
Emmanuel Safary Ariga is an Agronomist/Weed Scientist and Food Security Consultant. He has PhD from International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA, Nigeria) and University of Nairobi, Kenya (1996), MSc Agronomy/Weed Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya (1987) and BSc Agriculture, University of Nairobi, Kenya (1983). He has over 20 years experience in Agricultural Extension (Crops, Livestock, Irrigation, Soil and Water Conservation, Technology Transfer), Capacity Building, Research, Supervision and Consultancy. Much of this experience has been gained at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Kenya; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa (TICH), Kenya and University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Ariga has extensive experience at both Institutional and Community, Levels in the following areas; Community Entry Process,read more

DR.Lukachi Jane Ambuko

PhD (Tsukuba University -Japan) Msc (UoN) BSc(UoN)

I am a lecturer in the department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, a position I have held since October 2008. As part of my responsibilities and duties in the department, I have been involved in teaching, research and outreach activities in Horticulture, which is my area of specialization. I am currently the head of the Horticulture unit of the department. I have also held other positions of responsibility in the department including coordination of examinations, coordination of students’ research projects and the Msc Horticulture (ODEL) Program read more

Mrs. Parin Kurji

MSc(UoN) BSc(UoN)

Mrs. Kurji has a Master of Science (Statistics) and a Bachelor of Science (Pure & Applied Mathematics) from the University of Nairobi in 1971 and 1969, respectively.

 She teaches Mathematical Techniques to Undergraduate Engineering students; Mathematics & Statistics to undergraduate Veterinary Students; Mathematics and Statistics to undergraduate Agriculture and Food Science and Technology students; Statistics and Design of Experiments to postgraduate students in Animal Production and various disciplines of Agriculture University of Nairobi.  She is a member on the Editorial Board of the East African Statistics Journal. She assists in the facilitation of RUFORUM Research Methodology Course.Read more