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Institute Heads of Departments

Farm mechanization

Reuben Ruttoh has an MSc in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nairobi (2013) and a BSc in Agricultural Mechanization from Egerton University (2000).

Post-harvest handling and agro processing

Farm power and energy

Nasirembe Wanyonyi, holds an MSc in Agricultural Engineering (2014) and a BSc in Agricultural Mechanization (2000), both from Egerton University.

Irrigation and water management

Susan Maingi holds a BSc in agricultural engineering from Moi University (2011) and an MSc in soil water engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. She continues to focus on the various methods of water management, at farm level and the larger community.

Crop Agronomy

Clement Kamau holds a PhD in sorghum breeding (2005) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, an MSc in crop breeding principles from the Mississippi University in USA (1996) and a BSc from the University of Nairobi (1981). He is an established sorghum breeder with over 20 years experience.

Livestock Husbandry

Donald Njarui holds a PhD in animal production from Egerton University (2007) and an MSc in agricultural science from the University of Queensland, Australia (1995). He has a wide experience in tropical forages research and their roles in farming systems in the semi-arid regions. He has participated in several national, regional and international research projects involved in developing and up-scaling technologies for smallholder farming systems. He has published widely in refereed international journals, books and conferences. Njarui is involved in collaborative research with Biosciences east and central Africa/ International Livestock Research Center Hub (BecA/ILRI Hub) on integrating Climate smart Brachiaria grasses for improving livestock production in East Africa, targeting Kenya and Rwanda. He has over 100 publications in refereed journals, book cahpters and conference papers. The programme is funded by Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). He is also mentoring 4 post graduate students from Kenyan and Germany universities. He serves in several committees including the Editorial and Technical and Management Committees.

Socioeconomics & Policy

Charles Bett has Master of Agricultural Economics (MAgrEC) degree from the University of Sydney (2005), Australia, a BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Economics (1996) and a Diploma in Farm Management from Egerton University. He is registered as PhD student at Egerton University. He has been involved in promotion and dissemination of agricultural technologies using different promotion strategies, policy analysis, impact assessment (ex-ante and ex-post) and marketing studies. Other duties and activities include; participatory monitoring and evaluation (PM&E) of agricultural activities and projects, priority setting of research themes and activities, farming systems characterization and economic evaluation of agricultural technologies and agricultural experiments. He has also worked as the Country Focal Person or coordinator for a project, dissemination of quality protein maize (QPM) in Kenya in collaboration with association for Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA) and Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA). He has published in refereed journals, conferences and book chapters.

Adaptive Research and Partnership

Cheran Ariithi has an MSc from Reading University in (1988), Britain and a BSc from G-B Uta Pradesh, India (1983). He has widely collaborated with Ministry of Agriculture, the present Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. He has represented KALRO in partnership with NGO, FAO and research agencies in different fora. He is tasked with dissemination of AMRI technologies at Katumani.


Human Resource and administration

Yusuf Musi holds an MBA (Strategic Management) from the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (2015) and a BBA (Human Resource Management) from the Kenya Methodist University. He is an affiliate of the Institute of Human Resource Management of Kenya.


Andrew Apondi holds a Bachelors of Commerce Accounting, Higher Diploma in Management and a CPA finalist. He is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). He is currently pursuing Master of Commerce degree in Forensic Accounting at the Strathmore University.

Supply Chain Management

John Kisio holds a certificate in supplies management from the Matuga Government Training Institute (GTI) (1995) and a Diploma in supplies management from Baringo GTI (2003). He has previously served in Veterinary Research Institute, Muguga. He is involved in making sure that 30% of procurement tenders goes to the special groups; the youth, women and physically challenged persons.

Information communications technology and documentation

Carol Wafula holds an MSc in information and communication management (2015) and a BSc in business information technology (2012), both from the Multi Media University. Her duties include dissemination of agricultural technologies and various services developed and packaged at AMRI.

KALRO Seed Unit