Prof. Boaz Kaunda Arara
B.Sc. (Moi), M.Sc. (Nairobi), Ph.D. (Newfoundland)
Ag. Dean School of Natural Resource Management
The school of Natural Resource Management has three departments including Forestry and wood Science, Wildlife Management, and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences had a number of activities in this academic year. The Department runs diploma, bachelors, Masters and Ph.D academic programs. During the course of this year the department engaged in a review of curricula to make them responsive to the current job market. From one original BSc. curricula, the department came up with four different curricula which have been packaged in the CUE format and is awaiting approval for them to be mounted from next academic year. These included BSc. in Aquatic Resource Management, Aquaculture, Capture Fisheries and Postharvest Technology, and Coastal and Marine Resource Management. The reviews of the postgraduate curricula are ongoing.
Department of Wildlife management
To achieve our vision of providing high quality training and outreach programs in Fisheries and Aquatic Science technologies for increased food security in the region, the department successfully mounted all courses at all levels, conducted the annual postgraduate seminar, hosted 4 scientific departmental seminars on diverse topical areas, conducted an outreach program for fish farmers which was attended by over 100 farmers in the region. Several members of staff also attended and presented papers in international conferences in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, The Netherlands.
In collaborative projects, the department was able to mobilize resources in collaboration with several partners. The current projects being mounted include the EDULINK Fit-for-Purpose Ph.D Curriculum Development Project, and STRECAFISH Project. In these projects we collaborate with Makarere University (Uganda), Rhodes University (South Africa), LUANAR University (Malawi), Ethiopian Institute (Ethiopia) and Boku University (Austria). The department is also privileged to be a collaborator in the World Bank funded African Aquaculture and Fisheries Center of Excellence hosted at LUANAR University, Malawi. These activities have made the department to be very visible in the region. Locally, we continue to play our role in outreach programs. Currently, through MoU’s the department is collaborating with the County Government of Uasin Gishu in fish farming activities where the latter has provided a modern fish hatchery which is complete and will be launched soon. The Department is also collaborating with County Government of Nandi as an Incubator for Fish value chain in an ambitious national program funded by ASDSP with the aim of upgrading fish farmers in the county from small scale farmers to industrialists.
In this academic year, the departmental staff has published 12 papers in refereed journals with several others in preparation. One of the Graduate Assistants graduated with an MSc. from Pwani University with the second on graduating today. Other staff have also been engaged in productive activities in and out of the university conducting research and providing consultancy services in their areas of expertise. Services were offered to Kenya Water Towers Authority, NEMA, LVEMP, State Department of Fisheries, KCDP and Nile Basin Initiative among others. In the field of research, the staff are in collaborative research with other international institutions such as Liebniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany and Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York, USA.