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Prof. Peter Oloo Kisinyo

Dean, School of Sanres

Dean's Message

School Vision: A world class-technology driven School in learning and practice

School Mission: To provide quality and innovative higher education through teaching, research and community service

School of Agriculture Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (SANRES) is situated at Main Campus, Rongo University. The School has two Departments: i) Agronomy and Environmental Science and ii) Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. It has competent academic and administrative staff with a wealth of experience in teaching, research and community service. The school has teaching farms and well equipped laboratories to support teaching, research and community service. We train graduates that will ensure food security also captured in the Big ‘4’ Agenda which is consistent with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 1 (No poverty) and 2 (Zero Hunger).  According to Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework-KCSAIF (2018-2027), the agricultural sector contributes approximately 25% to Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) directly and another 27% indirectly, where cereals constitute programs that are in line with Kenya Vision 2030 and its third Medium Term Plan in which agriculture has identified as one of the key sectors to deliver sustainable economic growth rate and the bulk in volume and area of production. The school trains innovative, skilled and competent graduates ready for employment, research and create jobs while taking into consideration sustainable utilization of resources

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We offer a unique experience and opportunity to work to our graduate students.

Doctorate studies

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Current News & Events

Crop Trust Sorghum Project Updates January 2021 Coping with climate change effects on sorghum productivity in western Kenya

Climate change threatens to significantly increase the number of people at risk of food insecurity all over the world. It has led to increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters and extreme weather events, such as droughts, floods, rising sea levels; salinization of water supplies and agricultural lands; changes in rainfall patterns; and decline in water quality and availability in arid and semi-arid regions, with expected reduction in agricultural productivity, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The project held a stakeholder analysis workshop in Migori County in January 2021 in order to obtain shared understanding on the effects of climate change on sorghum production in western Kenya and discuss some coping strategies for small holder farmers in this region. From the discussions with farmers it was evident that majority of farmers have understood the concept of climate change and have experienced its effects in one way or another. Some of the evidences they mentioned within their locality included; change in rainfall amount and pattern.  Erratic rainfall has led to disruption of their two cropping seasons thus making it difficult for optimum sorghum production in the two seasons. It has also led to late planting making the sorghum crop to be more susceptible to attacks by pests like shoofly and Fall armyworm which cause severe losses to the crop.  Read More..

ENHANCING THE POTENTIAL OF RICEBEAN AS A FOOD SECURITY CROP FOR MITIGATING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE IN KENYA

Project objecive(s)

 The overall objective is to popularize rice bean by identifying and measuring the diversity within the range of germplasm available and differentiating it for suitability to the cropping systems of the regions for study. Farmer-preferred varieties will be matched to diverse seasons, environments and markets, using a combination of genetic, agronomic, and socio-economic approaches and using participatory varietal selection principles to identify genotypes and parents for future crop improvement (breeding) programs.

The project expects to integrate ricebean into sorghum and maize-based cropping systems in kenya.

Specific objectives are;

  • To determine status of ricebean value chain.
  • To determine and conserve ricebean biodiversity.
  • To validate, promote appropriate agronomic practices and IPM for ricebean production.
  • To determine the nutritive value of rice bean and promote its products and value added products.
  • To build capacity of ricebean value chain stakeholders.

Stakeholders Consultative Meeting

Title of Research: Adapting climate smart technologies along the sorghum value chain to enhance productivity, utilization and improved livelihoods

Project sum: Ksh. 22,000,000

Area of implementation: West Pokot, Laikipia and Isiolo  Counties

Goal: Contribute to increased sorghum productivity, utilization and improved livelihoods in selected arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya.

Objectives

To validate and promote suitable sorghum varieties for food, fodder and brewing

To validate and promote appropriate sorghum production technologies for soil management, water conservation,  good agriculture practices and striga weed management

To establish and promote sustainable market linkages.

To promote sorghum value addition and product diversification at farm level for food, fodder and improved livelihoods

Ricebean Project​

On 18th July, 2020 the School launched Ricebean Project Kaimosi University College. Professor Peter Oloo Kisinyo attended the project launch.

Project Launch, from left: 1) Dr. Florence Odiwuori and 2) Prof. Peter Kisinyo

Title of Research: Enhancing the Potential of Ricebean as a Food Security Crop for Mitigating Against Climate Change in Kenya

Project sum: Ksh. 19,800,000

Area of implementation: Migori, Siaya and Siaya Counties

Overall Objective: To popularise rice bean by identifying and measuring the diversity within the range of germplasm available and differentiating it for suitability to the cropping systems of the regions for study. Farmer-preferred varieties will be matched to diverse seasons, environments and markets, using a combination of genetic, agronomic, and socio-economic approaches and using participatory varietal selection principles to identify genotypes and parents for future crop improvement (breedinAg) programs. The project expects to integrate ricebean into sorghum and maize-based cropping systems in Kenya.

Specific objective are;

  1. To determine status of ricebean value chain
  2. To determine and conserve ricebean biodiversity
  3. To validate,  promote appropriate agronomic practices and IPM for ricebean production
  4. To determine the nutritive value of rice bean and promote its products and value added products
  5. To build capacity of ricebean value chain stakeholders

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