Collaborative Research & Consultancies

Completed Research & Consultancies

2018 (February –March):

Development of Climate Risk Management Mainstreaming Training Manual for Kenya

Client:NDMA/UNDP

Role: Climate Change Adaptation Lead

2017 (October – November):

Community Resilience in Kerio River Ecosystem (CORKE) Project in Elgeyo-Marakwet, West Pokot and Baringo Counties, Kenya

Client: NCCK

Role: Range Management and Resilience Specialist

2017 (March – May, 2017):

Review the IGAD/ICPAC Climate Risk and Food Security Atlas

Client: IGAD/ICPAC

Role: Reviewer

2016 (September –December):

Baseline study to support the GEF-funded project “Building Resilience for food security and nutrition in Chad’s rural communities”

Client: CAMCO Advisory Services/African Development Bank

Role: Lead consultant on Agro-silvo-pastoral Production Systems in the Drylands

2016 (2015, November -2016, June):

Baseline study to support the GEF-funded project “Technical Evalution of Drought Mitigation Related Technologies Under Cash/Food for Assets Programme implemented in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of Kenya by World Food Programme in partnership with FAO”

Client: United Nations World Food Programme and FAO

Role: Lead consultant on Range Management

2015 (November, 2014 –February, 2015):

Baseline study to support the GEF-funded project “Assessing Vulnerability of Communities and Livelihood Systems in Turkana and Marsabit Counties”

Client: GIZ

Role: Co-consultant on Pastoralist Livelihoods in Collaboration with German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL), Witzenhausen, Germany

2016 (June 5 – August 30)

Formulation of Framework for Integrated Climate Risk Management in Kenya

Client: National Drought Management Authority (NDMA/UNDP)

Role: Lead consultant on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

2016 (May 30 – June 16)

Review of the draft national wildlife and climate change strategy for Kenya.

Client: African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) & Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)

Role: Lead consultant on Rangeland Management

2015 (May 5 -27)

Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme (LVEMP II) Watershed Management and Improved Livelihoods Technical Support Mission in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Client: The World Bank and FAO

Role: Lead consultant on Range Management

2015 (Feb. – March)

End of project Evaluation of the Natural Resource Management Facility (Changieni Rasilimali Facility) at Act Change Transform (ACT!)

Client: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

Role: Lead consultant on Natural Resource Management and Livelihoods

2014 (Nov.) – 2015 (March)

Development of Guidelines and Framework for Drought Resilience Analysis, and Capacity Building of Stakeholders under the framework of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), Kenya Country Programming Paper (Drought Risk Management and Ending Drought Emergencies Medium Term Plan for 2013-17.

Client: Dryland Development Centre, UNDP

Role: Lead consultant on Dryland resilience

2014 (March – Aug)

Design and Development of Pastoralist Resilience Partnership (PReP) Project Proposal under DFID’s Component B of BRACED Programme. The project focuses on Resilience Building and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters in the context of Kenya and Uganda’s Karamoja Cluster.

Client: PReP consortium comprising Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Kenya and Uganda, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Danish Demining Group (DDG) in Kenya and Uganda

Role: Lead consultant on Dryland Ecosystems and Pastoral Livelihoods

2011 (June – August)

End-term Evaluation of the Pastoralist Basket Fund programme in Tanzania

Client: CARE international

Role: Principal researcher

2010 (Oct. – Nov.)

Environmental Audit of AMREF’s Pastoral Projects in Kenya

Client: AMREF Kenya

Role: Lead expert

2010 (July – Aug.)

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2011 (June – August)

Mid-term Evaluation of the Pastoralist Basket Fund programme in Tanzania

Client: CARE international-Tanzania

Role: Principal researcher

2010 – 2011

“Climate risk management and adaptations options for pastoral and agro-pastoral systems in East and Central Africa. The study was jointly undertaken by ICRISAT and ILRI and funded by ASARECA.

Client: ILRI

Role: Co-investigator

2009 - 2011

 “Strengthening the adaptive capacity of rural poor to water scarcity in Kenya’s rangelands”.

Client: A pilot study for Advancing Capacity to Support Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA) project funded by UNITAR and START.

Role: Co-investigator

2010: (Aug. 15 - 28)

“Medicinal plants of Kajiado District: An assessment of species and therapeutic claims of the Maasai community in Kajiado”

Client: AMREF Kenya

Role: Lead expert

2008 – 2010

“Links between Seasonal Climatic Variability and Poverty: A case Study of Pastoral and Agro-pastoral Communities in Baringo District, Kenya”.

Client: RUFORUM funded project

Role: Co-investigator:

2011 (Jan. –April)

Feasibility Study and designing of Livestock and Range Management component of Wildlife Conservation Project in Northern Kenya

Client: Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife/French Development Agency

Role: Lead expert for Livestock and Rangeland Management

2010 (Jan – April)

Training of Trainers on Pastoralism Dynamics and Policy Options (PPO) in Eastern Africa

Client: IIED/KIMMAGE-UK/MS-Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC), Arusha, Tanzania. The TOT training was funded by CORDAID

Role: Facilitator – Pillar one of the course, which entails dynamics of dryland natural resources and their determinants.

2010: (Aug. 15 - 28)

“Medicinal plants of Kajiado District: An assessment of species and therapeutic claims of the Maasai community in Kajiado”

Client: AMREF Kenya

Role: Lead expert

2007 – 2010

Facilitation of a course on Pastoralism Dynamics and Policy Options in Eastern Africa

Client: MS-TCDC, Arusha, Tanzania.

Role: Course facilitator – pillar one of the course, which entails dynamics of dryland natural resources and their determinants

2006: (Sept. – Oct.)

“A Comparative Study of Commercial Consumptive and Non-Consumptive Utilization Options for Wildlife Conservation Strategies in Kenya”.

Client: The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Role: Lead expert

2006 – 2007

Ecological and socio-economic assessment of the use and management of the Lembus Forest.

Client: World Conservation Union (IUCN) through the Lembus Forests Integrated Conservation and Development Project (ICDP)

Role: Co-investigator

2001 – 2002

“Indigenous Techniques of Assessing and Monitoring Range Resources in East Africa”.

Client: Regional Land Management Unit (RELMA at World Agroforestry Centre)

Role: Co-investigator

Funded Research Projects

    • July 2015 - July 2017
      Fodder Production for Enhanced Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Resilience in the Drylands of Kenya (PREPARED)
      Funded via sixth call for proposals under the graduate research grants (GRG) .

      The objectives of the project are to: i) assess the current fodder production practices and pastoral/agro-pastoral community perceptions on fodder production and marketing in Makueni County of Kenya; ii) assess local knowledge on the indigenous grass species, their spatial distribution and trends over the last 40 years; iii) analyze the fodder value chain to determine actors and market linkages, and determine the profitability, functionality and efficiency of the value chain in the study area; iv) determine factors that influence households’ participation in fodder production in the study area; v) determine strategies that enhance the producers’ prices and efficiency along the fodder value chain in the study area; and vi) identify lessons and opportunities that can be used to build strong community institutions to sustain the fodder value chain in Kenya’s drylands. The project is supporting two MSc students registered at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi.

      Role: Principal investigator

      Project Duration: July, 2015 – July, 2017

    • July 2016 - December 2017
      Re-Packing Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Policy, Development and Pastoral Community Action in Kenya (PIK)

      PIK is a 17 months project funded by the Christensen Fund. The project is implemented by the University of Nairobi in partnership with a community-based organization, Resource Advocacy Programme (RAP) baaed in Isiolo County. It covers Marsabit, Samburu and Isiolo Counties and seeks to review indigenous knowledge (IK) of pastoralists in northern Kenya with the view of increasing its awareness, understanding and use both at community and decision makers’ levels.

      The awareness creation is expected to restore confidence of the new generation in IK, as well as promote formulation of policies that recognize IK. All these are expected to attach value to IK as an important resource in conserving biological and cultural diversity and therefore encourage the recognition of principles of intellectual property to ensure the proper protection and use of indigenous traditional knowledge and products derived from it.

      Role: Principal Investigator

      Project Duration: July, 2016 – December, 2017″ ]

    • June 2013 - Nov 2018
      Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR)

      Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) is 5-year consortium funded by DFID. The consortium is led by the University of Cape Town and covers Eastern Africa, Western Africa, Southern Africa, and Central Asia (India). ASSAR’s overarching objective is to deepen understanding of climate vulnerability and adaptation in semi-arid regions, and help transform current adaptation practice to a mode that achieves proactive, widespread adaptation embedded in development activities at multiple governance scales, to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups.

      Specific objectives are to: (i) undertake high-quality, transdisciplinary research to generate new knowledge on vulnerability and adaptation; (ii) develop and trial relevant actionable strategies for adaptation; (iii) drive innovative communication approaches for knowledge sharing; and (iv) enable systemic capacity strengthening for adaptation in research, policy and practice.

      Role: Co-Researcher

      Project Duration: June, 2013 – November, 2018″ ]

    • June 2013 - Dec 2018
      RELOAD: Reduction of Post-Harvest Losses and Value Addition in East African Food Value Chains

      RELOAD is a 5-year collaborative trans-disciplinary project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project which started in June, 2013 brings together a consortium of partners in Germany, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda and is led by the Institute for Agricultural Engineering at the University of Kassel in Germany. In Kenya, one focus of RELOAD is on pastoral meat value chains.

      The high losses along the pastoral meat value chain include animal weight loss prior to slaughter, wastage of animal products and by-products, losses in quality of meat products and economic losses due to low profit margins for the producers. The project is funding four (4) PhD research studies to analyze different possibilities to reduce losses and increase efficiency along the pastoral meat value chains. These studies are jointly implemented by the University of Nairobi, National Museums of Kenya and the German Institute for Tropical and Sub-tropical Agriculture (DITSL) at the University of Kassel in Germany. The PhD candidates are registered at the University of Nairobi and University of Kassel (www.ditsl.org)

      Role: Principal investigator for sub-project 6, workpackages 4 (Stratified livestock production systems) & workpackage 5 (Livestock marketing associations).

      Project Duration: June, 2013 – December, 2018″]

      • January, 2017 – March, 2018
        Foundations for climate resilient and sustainable growing settlements (U-RES)

        U-RES primary aim is to establish a community of trans-disciplinary experts (beyond academia) working together to provide the underpinning knowledge needed to support the transition from burgeoning settlements to resilient and sustainable cities and megacities in the face of a changing climate in Africa. It is a research consortium funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). U-RES is led by University of East Anglia in UK and includes University of Nairobi; University of Newcastle, UK; Kwa Zulu Natal University, South Africa; OXFAM GB, UK; and Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. The specific objectives of the project are to: Identify the most promising locations to nurture resilient cities, given current knowledge about past hazards from archaeological evidence, current urbanisation trends, and future climate risks; review the development and governance approaches in cities that have specifically tried to address the needs of the marginalised, and generate and share insights on processes through which urban governance processes could be improved and; identify information flows at the very early stages of urbanisation, including for marginalised groups, and the op+
        portunities to influence urban development. The project aims to produce a 5-year international research and engagement plan focusing on better understanding the intervention points at the early stages of urbanization and the needs of marginalised communities.

        Role: Co-investigator

        Project Duration: January, 2017 – March, 2018

        • January – June, 2018
          Grants for Local Adaptation Support to facilitate Peer-to-Peer Learning on Climate Change Adaptation Among Pastoral communities in Kenya

          Grants for Local Adaptation Support (ASSAR-GLAS) is a competitive small grant awarded by Global System Change for Analysis Research and Training (START), on behalf of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) and the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Project. This grant is in recognition of the need to go beyond academic capacity building within ASSAR to do more to strengthen the capacities of those living and working in the ASSAR study sites. The GLAS is intended to draw from findings of on-going ASSAR research to support the most vulnerable groups in each region on overcoming top barriers to and supporting enablers of their adaptation. The GLAS award for the East African ASSAR research team will be particularly used to facilitate peer-to-peer learning among pastoral communities on various climate change adaptation options, among others, diversification of pastoral herds to embrace more drought tolerant species such as camels in Isiolo County; pasture production and reservation in Kajiado and Makueni Counties; and customary natural resource management in Isiolo County.

          Role: Principal Investigator

          Project Duration: January – June, 2018

          • April, 2013- August, 2016
            Assessing the Total Economic Value of Pastoralism in Isiolo County, Kenya (Completed)

            Grants for Local Adaptation Support (ASSAR-GLAS) is a competitive small grant awarded by Global System Change for Analysis Research and Training (START), on behalf of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) and the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) Project. This grant is in recognition of the need to go beyond academic capacity building within ASSAR to do more to strengthen the capacities of those living and working in the ASSAR study sites. The GLAS is intended to draw from findings of on-going ASSAR research to support the most vulnerable groups in each region on overcoming top barriers to and supporting enablers of their adaptation. The GLAS award for the East African ASSAR research team will be particularly used to facilitate peer-to-peer learning among pastoral communities on various climate change adaptation options, among others, diversification of pastoral herds to embrace more drought tolerant species such as camels in Isiolo County; pasture production and reservation in Kajiado and Makueni Counties; and customary natural resource management in Isiolo County.

            Role: Principal Investigator

            Project Duration: April, 2013- August, 2016

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          College of Agriculture & Veterinary Science, University of Nairobi
          African Dryland Institute for Sustainability , University of Nairobi