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Message from the Chair

Dr. Rebecca Yegon, Chair

The Department of Water and Agricultural Resource Management is one of the two departments of the School of Agriculture in the University of Embu. The department was formed on 1st July 2021 to take over the functions of the departments of Agricultural Resource Management (ARM) and Land and Water Management (LWM) that have been in existence since 2012. The main objective of the department is training, research, innovation, industry linkage and community service in the areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock production, Water resources management, Soil science, Environmental science, Agroecosystems and Range management. The department envisages to produce graduates with a competitive edge in job market in the areas of sustainable agriculture, land, water resources, soil science, range and environmental management. The department is also committed to exposing the students to the industrial experience through field practicum, field trips, field attachments and internships through partnerships with institutions and organizations countrywide. The department also works closely with industry in curriculum review, development and implementation to ensure our graduates meet the needs of the industry. Read More

Latest Publications

  • Misango, S., Otsyula, R., & Arunga, E. E. (2022). Resistance to Pythium root rot and anthracnose among Kenyan common bean genotypes and marker-assisted introgression of resistance genes. Journal of Crop Improvement, 1-21.
  • Onsongo, S. K., Mohamed, S. A., Akutse, K. S., Gichimu, B. M., & Dubois, T. (2022). The Entomopathogenic Fungi Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana for Management of the Melon Fly Zeugodacus cucurbitae: Pathogenicity, Horizontal Transmission, and Compatability with Cuelure. Insects, 13(10), 859.
  • Ombasa, E. M., Muturi, P. W., Gichimu, B.M, Isaboke, H. N., Gitari, J. N. (2022). Factors Influencing Willingness to Adopt Recommended Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc) Agronomic Practices Among Smallholder Farmers in Semi-Arid Lands of Embu County, Kenya. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, August - 2022; Volume – 10(4) page 805 – 811
  • Otieno, M., Peters, M. K., Duque, L., & Steffan-Dewenter, I. (2022). Interactive effects of ozone and carbon dioxide on plant-pollinator interactions and yields in a legume crop. Environmental Advances, 100285.
  • C N Onyari (2022). Yield Assessment from Selected Growth Parameters of Maize Grown in Embu County, Kenya In Current Topics in Agricultural Sciences Vol. 8, 16 June 2022 , Page 94-100.
  • Judith N. K. Wafula, Fredrick N. Mugendi, Paul N. Nthakanio, Jeremiah O. Mosioma, Charles A.N. Onyari (2022). Effects of Variety, Spacing and Nitrogen Application on Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) Growth and Yield in Embu County, Kenya. Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences, 10(1) page 32 – 47.  ISSN No. 2320 – 8694

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A great career nurtured by WARM

I am a former PhD Student of Crop Protection at the University of Embu, School of Agriculture, Department of Water and Agricultural Resource Management. I wish to appreciate all those that contributed to my academic journey between 2015 and 2020. I wish to acknowledge that my PhD studies, despite having financial challenges, the supervision team (Dr. Mark Otieno, Dr. Esther Arunga, Dr. Jamleck Muturi & Prof. Mattias Jonson) was very helpful and supportive of my work. The supervisors had great linkages and networks that enabled me to travel to Sweden twice for training in areas that were linked to my research. Read More


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