Institute of Arid Lands Management (IALM)

Lucy Wamuyu Muithui,
Chairperson of Department, Institute of Arid Lands Management (IALM)

 

 

 

The Institute of Arid Lands Management was founded initially as a Faculty in June 2012 as a Kenyan Vision 2030 flagship of Laikipia University. The arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) occupy 80 percent of Kenya’s total land surface. Despite their fragile nature, ASALs serve as important biodiversity reservoirs, wildlife habitat, and a resource for livestock production, various minerals, renewable energy and landscape of great attraction. Sustained productivity from these ASAL ecosystems is needed for economic and social development of the country in line with Vision 2030.

The University, through Best Practice and appropriate technology, is endeavouring to transform communities by excelling in environmental conservation and sustainable utilization of ASALs resources. Consequently, the Institute of Arid Lands has developed a Bachelor of Science in Utilization and Sustainability of Arid Lands, and is scheduled to admit its first students in September 2013. The programme is intended to produce specialists in range resource management and dryland farming. The development of a Diploma programme in Utilization and Sustainability of Arid Lands is at an advanced stage and should admit students by 2014. There are also plans to introduce more programmes that will address the social and economic needs of communities in the ASALs.
 
Upcoming Academic Programmes

Degree Programmes

  • BSc. in Animal Science
  • BSc. in Animal Health Management
  • BSc. in Dryland Farming
  • BSc. in Food Science and Technology
  • BSc. in Hydrology
  • BSc. in Leather Technology
  • BSc. in Mineralogy and Geology
  • BSc. in Sericulture and Apiculture

Diploma Programmes

  • Diploma in Utilization and Sustainability of Arid Lands
  • Diploma in Dryland Farming

RESEARCH PROJECTS
1. Genetic improvement of East African zebu cattle for milk production in ASAL

Project Duration: Start Date - September 2012; Expected End Date - August 2015; Duration - 36 Months

RESEARCHERS & HOST INSTITUTIONS

  1. Dr. Jane Mburu - Egerton University
  2. Prof. D. Kihurani - University of Nairobi
  3. Mr. Mbuku S.M. -  National Beef Research KARI Lanet
  4. Dr. Margaret Ngigi - Egerton University
  5. Prof. Isaac Kosgey -  Laikipia University
2.Enhancing dairy cattle production in the pastoral production systems through appropriate breeding and husbandry intervention strategies
Project Duration: Start Date - December 2011; Expected End Date - December 2014; Duration - 36 Months

RESEARCHERS HOST INSTITUTIONS

  1. Dr. E.D Ilatsia - KARI Naivasha
  2. Dr. T.P Lanyasuna - KARI Naivasha
  3. Dr. A.W. Murage - KARI Naivasha
  4. Prof A.K. Kahi - Egerton University
  5. Prof. Isaac S. Kosgey -  Laikipia University
  6. Prof. G. Obare - Egerton University
  7. Dr. W.B Wasike- Pwani University
  8.  Mr. Mbuku S.M. -  National Beef Research KARI Lanet
  9. Mr T.M. Magothe - LRC Naivasha
  10. Mr S.A. Migose - LRC Naivasha
  11. Mr P.M. Mwenze - DTI Naiavasha
  12. Mr R. Ole Pulei - KARI Naiavasha
 
Contacts:
Physical Address-Main Campus
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1100-20300, Nyahururu, Kenya
Tel-Mobile: +254-(0)713-552-761,+254-(0) 736-299-961
Email: ialm@laikipia.ac.ke

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