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Overview

Welcome to the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (FAES). The Faculty has four departments namely; Department of Environmental Science and Resources Development; the Department of Animal Science; the Department of Plant Science, and the Department of AGEC/AGBM & AGED. To ensure high quality training, education and research our Faculty is equipped with 80 staff comprising of 65 academic staff and 15 support staff. The Faculty has a strong academic staff with 23 members holding Ph.D from leading universities in the world and thus has capacity to develop the creative and entrepreneurial mindset needed by our students to innovate, master and lead in their disciplines at national, regional and global level. The mission of the Faculty is to improve food security and livelihoods in the community through use of sustainable good agricultural practices (GAPs), efficient resource utilization, and environment protection. The Faculty aims to achieve this mission by producing graduates with skills and competence through collaborative research and outreach activities with various stakeholders. The Faculty recognizes the fact that farming and resources utilization are based on science, technology and innovations (STIs) that rely heavily on the environment. FAES therefore offers courses relevant to the changing environmental needs. The Faculty aims to unlock the potential within our staff, students and communities through teaching, training and research by formation of strategic partnerships with stakeholders in agriculture, environment, food value-addtion, and hospitality industry both nationally and internationally. We recognize that private and public partnerships present diverse opportunities to expose our students using stimulating curriculum to quality teaching, training, research and community engagement for national and global development. Through research, technology and innovations (RTIs) the faculty members contribute to solution of national and global challenges facing agriculture, health and environment especially that of sustainably feeding the growing population that is estimated to reach about 9.7 billion by 2050. 

Teaching in the Faculty

We provide a unique undergraduate and postgraduate educational experience with a focus on training, research, and outreach in areas of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Sciences, Wildlife, Environment and Natural Resources Management, Agribusiness Management, Tourism and Hospitality, Agricultural Education and Extension, Food Science and Technology. The Faculty strive to work with other stakeholders to build communities that maintains harmony with nature for sustainable natural resource utilization. Students are our “number-one priority” to promote academic excellence and professional development, and the Faculty members play a major mentorship role to help our students pursue their goals and dreams during their training. The Faculty members both academic and support endeavor to create an enabling teaching environment where students are encouraged to put more effort in their educational and social life to become responsible citizens with capacity of pursuing latest training and research to positively contribute to growth of humanity. The Faculty present students with opportunities to see why our university motto is “Knowledge is Wealth” as new knowledge is constantly developed through research and innovations in support of our efforts to solve the challenges of the changing world. Our students learn while working side-by-side with program mentors who constantly provide career guidance needed for timely and successful completion of studies. The Faculty is capable of providing a sound practical training through various facilities where students can learn through hands-on experiences and research laboratories with high precision equipment.

 

The Faculty has modern demonstration units, at the main campus and is setting up additional demonstrations on a 500 acre farm at Kairini, to equip the students with appropriate practical skills in order to be competitive in the market. Apart from teaching purposes these farms generate income to the University. Students also get more exposure through field trips and field attachment. Agriculture, environment and hospitality industries have diverse opportunities and challenges that demand generation of innovators equipped with cutting-edge skills and competencies. 

Research and Outreach Programmes

Research in the Faculty targets the areas of livestock production, crop production, hospitality and environmental resources management. Key areas that must be addressed are climate change, pollution mitigation, food safety, human-wildlife conflict and alternative tourism development. The Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies is actively involved in outreach programs to the community in the following areas:

  1. livestock production - Ration formulation, Artificial Insemination services
  2. Environment conservation and Renewable energy -Various student clubs e.g. Environment club, Wildlife club, Food Science and Horticulture 
  3. Sustainable crop production practices
  4. Soil and water conservation
  5. Soil sampling and analysis
  6. Food value-addition, Tourism and hospitality management

 

To improve on its extension services the Faculty envisages the provision of the following in the future: 

  1. High quality breeding stock (dairy goats)
  2. Waste recycling techniques
  3. Short courses on recent technologies in livestock and crop production, environment and food value-addition for farmers 

Courses in this faculty 

Bachelor of Agribusiness Management

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Economics)

Bachelor of Science (Agricultural Education & Extension)

Bachelor of Science in Ecotourism

Bachelor of Tourism Management

Bachelor of Hotel Management

Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Enterprise & Management)

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

Bachelor of Science (Natural Resources Management)

Bachelor of Science (Animal Science)

Bachelor of Science in Animal Products Technology

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology

Bachelor of Science (Agriculture)

Bachelor of Science (Horticulture)

Diploma in Animal Health and Production

Diploma in Meat Science and Technology

Diploma in Agricultural Educ. & Extension

Diploma in Farm Resources Management

Diploma in Horticulture

Diploma in Agriculture& Rural Development

Diploma in Wildlife Management

Diploma in Tourism & Hotel Management

Certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management

Certificate in Animal Health and Production

Master of Science Agricultural Economics

Master of Science Agricultural Education

Master of Science Agricultural Extension

Master of Agribusiness Management

Master of Science Agronomy

Master of Science Crop Protection

Master of Science Soil Science

Master of Science Dryland Agriculture

Master of Science Plant Breeding

Master of Science Plant Biotechnology

Master of Science Horticulture

Master of Science Food Science and Technology

MSc Animal Nutrition

MSc Animal Breeding & Genetics

Master of Science Environmental Science

Master of Science Natural Resource Management

Master of Science Wildlife Management

Master of Tourism Management

Master of Hotel Management

Doctor of Philosophy Agricultural Economics

Doctor of Philosophy Agricultural Education

Doctor of Philosophy Agribusiness Management

Doctor of Philosophy Agronomy

Doctor of Philosophy Crop Protection

Doctor of Philosophy Soil Science

Doctor of Philosophy Dryland Agriculture

Doctor of Philosophy Plant Breeding

Doctor of Philosophy Plant Biotechnology

Doctor of Philosophy Horticulture

Doctor of Philosophy Crop Science

Doctor of Philosophy Food Science

Doctor of Philosophy Animal Nutrition

Doctor of Philosophy Environmental Science

Doctor of Philosophy Wildlife Management

Doctor of Philosophy Tourism Management

Doctor of Philosophy Hospitality Management

DETAILS

  • Person in Charge:
    Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
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  • Designation:
    Dean
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