Staff Profile

Dr. Jane Wamuongo 

Jane W. Wamuongo (PhD). An agronomist by training, she has worked for the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute for the past 25 years, the bulk of which she worked as a research scientist. Currently she is an Assistant Director co-ordinating all research activities in the fields of Natural Resource Management at KARl Headquarters. Between 1995 and 1997 she coordinated the soil and water conservation project funded by SIDA (Sweden). She also coordinated the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP) and she is now coordinating Western Kenya Integrated Ecosystems Management Project (WKIEMP) which is supported by World Bank. She obtained her MSc in Plant Science from University of Manitoba in 1986 and her PhD in Agronomy from University of Guelph in 1994.

Michael Okoti Okomoli 

Michael Okoti Okomoli. A senior research scientist with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute with 9 years’ experience in natural resources management in pastoral production systems. Currently he is the National Coordinator of Environmental Research within KARl. Holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (BESc) (1996), Kenyatta University; Master of Science degree in Agriculture (Range ecology) (2001), University of Nairobi; and currently finalizing PhD (Environmental Science) study at Kenyatta University. Has experience in participatory research methodologies in natural resource management, statistical data analysis, GIS and project monitoring and evaluation.

Elizabeth Adaobi Okwosa 

Elizabeth Adaobi Okwosa. A Researcher with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute with 13 years’ experience in natural resources management in high potential production systems, based at KARl Muguga. Holds a Diploma (Agriculture) Egerton University-Njoro, (1995); Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (2007), Egerton University; Master Science (Soil Science) (2011), University on Nairobi. Her main interests are in soil and climate, Soil biogeochemistry, plants and nutrient use efficiency. Has experience in participatory research methodologies, especially farmer field schools, soil and water management. She is a member of the Soil Science- Agronomy -Crop Science Societies of America (SSSA-ASA-CSSA) and Soil Society of East Africa.

Patrick Ketiem Kibet 

Patrick Ketiem Kibet. A researcher with KARl with 11 years experience in livestock research in pastoral and agro-pastoral production systems, based at KARl Mtwapa. Holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science (Planning and Management), Moi University (2008), and a Bachelors science degree in Agricultural Engineering, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)-1998. He is active in integrated multidisciplinary research proj ects on agro-processing, natural resource management and climate change. Currently implementing a Rockefeller funded project on climate change entitled; ‘An assessment of vulnerabilities and coping strategies to climate change in the agricultural farming systems of the coastal lowlands Kenya.

Eddah W. Kaguthi

Eddah W. Kaguthi. A researcher with KARl with 9 years’ experience in natural resource management, based in KARl NARL. Holds a Master of Environmental Planning and Management, Kenyatta University (2002) and BA in International Relations and Environmental Studies, United States International University (1999). Other courses include Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Agriculture Investments; Economic Valuation and Environmental Assessment; Gender awareness. Has implemented various donor funded projects and worked as a Programme Assistant for TINEP for 4 years from 2007 to 2010 on Climate change, environmental education and resource use efficiency issues.

Benson Wafula 

Benson Wafula. A KARl senior research scientist with over 20 years of research in climatic risk management in the semiarid areas of Kenya, based at KARl Embu. He has extensively used integrated crop-climate-soil simulation models to quantify climatic risk, estimate agricultural productivity and devise strategies for natural resource management. Holds a Masters degree (MAgrSc) in Agro-climatology from Melbourne University, Australia. He is currently the Climate Change Contact Person in the Mount Kenya region. He is also involved in teaching at the University as a part time lecturer and coordinates several climate change adaptation projects. Currently implementing a Rockefeller funded project on climate change entitled; ‘Maize yield forecasting for adaptation to climate change in the semiarid areas of Kenya.

Tura A. Isako 

Tura A. Isako. A researcher with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute with 11 years’ experience in livestock research in pastoral production system both in extensive and integrated livestock-crop farming system. Holds a Master of Science degree in NRI\4 (Human Ecology option) (2008) and a Bachelors science degree in Animal Production (2000) all from Egerton University. Has participated in implementation of various donor funded research proj ects in the arid lands. He is currently the National coordinator of camel research and officer in-charge at KARl Garissa station.

Gideon M. Muriithi 

Gideon M. Muriithi. A holder of Masters of Arts in Sociology, specializing in Community Development and Project Management. Currently heads socio-economic and applied statistics programme in KARI-Lanet. His program is tasked with conducting socioeconomic studies; priority setting in research; evaluation of adoption of innovations; marketing and research in social dimension on climate change studies in agricultural sector. The progamme ensures that agricultural technologies generated and developed are relevant and compatible to the consumer of the technologies who is the farmer. Currently implementing a Rockefeller funded project on climate change entitled; "Assessment of Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Context of Conflict and Natural Resource Degradation: A Case of Livestock Keepers’ System of West Pokot, Kenya.

Kenndey Were Okello 

Kennedy Were Okello. A Researcher with KARl based at KARl NARL. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography; Master of Science in Geo-information science and earth observation (Environmental modelling and management option); PhD in Geomatics (on-going). Areas of specialization! Research interest: the use of Geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing to model and manage environmental issues e.g. land cover changes and carbon dynamics (i.e. aboveground biomass and soil organic carbon) within terrestrial ecosystems.

Mwaura M. Joseph

Mwaura M. Joseph. A researcher with KARl based at KARl Garissa. Holds an Advanced Certificate in International Trans-boundary Water Management (2010); Certificate - Statistics in Applied Climatology (2011); Master of Environment and Development (2001); Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) (1998); Bachelor in community Development (1993). Has been involved in implementing several projects in integrated ecosystem management of watersheds of Rivers Nyando, Yala and Nzoia basins; promotion of sustainable agricultural technologies; Environment Impact Assessment and rehabilitation of fragile degraded ecosystems; Environment Audits of community projects and requisite capacity building of farmers; Assessment of Adaptation strategies and knowledge on climate change.

Crispus Mugambi Njeru

Crispus Mugambi Njeru is a researcher with Kenya Agricultural Research Institute with 9 years’ experience in natural resources management in high potential production systems. Holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) (2003), Egerton University; Master of Philosophy (Soil Science) (2008), Moi University. Has experience in participatory research methodologies, especially farmer field schools and monitoring and evaluation. Worked in several projects including African Soil Information Service (AFSIS) - Determine crop response to various fertilizers and organic inputs under variable soil fertility conditions in study sites; Western Kenya Integrated Ecosystem Management Project (WKIEIVIP); Striga Research Funds; Kenya Agricultural Productivity Projects (KAPP) and Farmers Field School Project.

 

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