PhD Dry Land Agriculture and Resource Management - Egerton university | Educartis

Njoro
3 years
PhD/DPhil
On Campus

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Course Overview

The Arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) make upto about 80% of Kenya‘s total land mass. The ASALs is characterized by limited and unreliable rainfall, fragile soils and relatively high temperature. Currently, the ASALs are largely underutilized for economic benefit of the local communities and the country at large. It is against this background that a curriculum on Dryland Agriculture and Resources Management has been developed as a strategy for building on human capital to harness the available resources for economic benefit. The curriculum will produce graduates with in-depth understanding of dryland ecosystem, biodiversity in the ASALs, community livelihood and socio-cultural system, resources in ASALs, biotic and abiotic challenges, and innovations to harness resources to improve life in the ASALs.There is need for adequate management of resources in the ASAls to stimulate economic growth, improve livelihood and maintain healthy bio ecological co-existence. Proper management of dryland could stimulate economic growth with expected reduction in poverty. Besides, Kenya‘s vision 2030 emphasizes the importance of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) as an important component in the economic pillar. The has planned to utilize some 24 million hectares for livestock production and expand crop production through irrigation on some 9.2 million hectares in the ASAL.The Government plan in ―Strategy for Revitalization of Agriculture for 2004-2014‖ also recognizes the importance of agriculture in national growth and development and commits to expand agriculture production in ASALs through expanding irrigation.These can be realized by investing in a focused training of personnel capable of identifying opportunities and resources for utilization and development in the drylands. The PhD curriculum in Dryland and Resources Management is designed to address this need.

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

The programme aims at producing high level human resource capable of advancing innovations for integration and exploitation of ASALs for national development. Upon successful completion of the training, the graduates will be expected to contribute to advancing knowledge, innovations and guide in formulation of policies for resource utilization and conservation, and improvement of livelihood in Drylands.
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Admission Criteria

i) The common regulations for the Doctorate degree as specified in the statutes of Egerton University shall be applicable;ii) In addition, the candidate should have a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Sciences or related disciplines;iii) Proof of knowledge in or, successful completion of the following course units from accredited university is required: Natural Resource Ecology, Crop/Livestock Production Systems and Research Methods, for exemption from remedial courses.;iv) The recommended remedial courses are:Crop/Livestock Production Systems, Natural Resources Management or Rangeland Ecology and Management and Research Methods;v) A Ph.D. Programme applicant who meets the requirements must submit a Research Project Proposal acceptable to the Department.

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