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Dr. Ambula Mary Kivali (Ph.d)

PERSONAL PROFILE: DR. MARY KIVALI AMBULA, PhD

 


Dr. Mary Kivali Ambula, PhD

Senior Lecturer, Department of Animal Sciences

Specialist: Animal Nutrition & Feed Formulation

Expertise: Competence & Problem Based Learning

Egerton University

POB 536-20115

EGERTON, Kenya

Mobile: +254 721 379 151

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EDUCATION

 

Year

Degree

Institution

2002

PhD Animal Production (Nutrition option)

Egerton University, Kenya

1996

MSc Animal Production (Nutrition option)

Egerton University, Kenya

1992

BSc Animal Production

Egerton University, Kenya

1982

Diploma Animal Husbandry

Egerton College, Kenya

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

 

Dates/Year

Title of Certificate

Institution Awarding

Aug 2015

Transformative Leadership & People Management

MDF, Arusha - Tanzania

July 2013

Cheese Making

Langston University & Guildford Dairy Institute

Oct 2013 – April 2016

Competency Based Curriculum Development

Wagenigen University (WUR)

July 2013

Dairy Value Chain

Wagenigen University (WUR)

Dec 2012

Project Management

Galilee International Management Institute (Israel)

July 2009

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP)

York St John University, UK

Dec 2008

Research Data Management & Publication for Women Scientists

IFS

June 2006

Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D)

ICRA, the Netherlands

Jan 1997

Intensive Poultry and Aquaculture Management

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

June 1994

Research Proposal Writing Skills

Egerton University

 

COMPETENCES

 

Animal Nutrition & Feed Formulation, Use Of Non Conventional Feed Resources in Animal Feeding (Brewers’ Waste, Sorghum, Cassava, Crickets & Termites)

Other Expertise: Problem Based Learning, Competence-Based Training & Curriculum Development

A practicing dairy farmer, co-own Yomi Farm, registered pedigree Holstein cows under zero grazing, make own feed & high quality maize silage. Plans for value addition

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

July 2007- Present

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator Field Attachment/Internship Programs, Students’ Academic Guidance & Counselling, Team Leader Animal Nutrition Group, Internal Graduate Theses Examiner (MSc & PhD), Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University, External Examiner Gulu University

Oct 2002-June 2007

Lecturer, Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University

Oct 1996-Sept 2002

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton Uni.

Dec 1991-Sept 1996

Teaching Assistant, Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton Uni.

Nov 1984-Nov 1991

Assistant Lecturer, Bukura Institute of Agriculture

July 1982-Oct 1984

Livestock Officer III, Ministry of Agric & Livestock Development, Kipkelion

Jan 1978-July 1979

Untrained Teacher, Kitale High School

 

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS (2006-present)

 

Project period

Research Topic

2014-2017

iLinova: Strengthening capacity for participatory management of indigenous livestock to foster agricultural innovation in Eastern, Southern & Western Africa. Projected funded by the EU. Collaborating institutions: Egerton University, Luanar (Malawi) & Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Dr Ambula is CR in the project

2014-2016

RUFORUM: Innovative Engagement of Rural Communities Through Student Internship Program. Projected funded by RUFORUM at $ 100000. Dr. Ambula is CR in the project

2012-2015

DairyTrain: Build capacity to deliver Graduates for enhanced competitiveness in the dairy value chain in Kenya. Project funded by NUFFIC. Collaborating institutions: Egerton University, Wagenigen UR, SNV, aeres groep, GoK. Dr Ambula is CR in the project

2012-2016

Trilateral Partnership For Food Security: Building capacity to provide practical & modern agricultural knowledge to contribute to the growth of agriculture in Kenya. Project funded by USAID. Collaborating Institutions: Egerton University, Luanar (Malawi), Ohio State University, Punjab Agricultural University & Langston University. Dr Ambula is CR in the project

2009-2012

DairyChain: Value Chains for Poverty Reduction in the Dairy Sector. Building institutional capacity to enhance poverty reduction and income security. Project funded by DFID, British Council & DELPHE. Collaborating institutions: Egerton University, University of Khartoum, Sudan, University of Education, Weneba, Ghana, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Dr Ambula is CR in the project

2006-2016

Incip: Improving Indigenous Chicken Productivity For Enhanced Livelihoods & Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Working to improve livelihoods and food security among resource poor households in sub-Saharan Africa. Collaborating institutions: Egerton University, University of Malawi (now LUANAR), Wagenigen UR. Project funded by KAPAP, European Union & African Union. Dr Ambula is CR in the project

 

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

1

Mahunguane, SJS, MK Ambula & BO Bebe (2016). Influence of weaning age on profitability of rabbits reared on smallholder farms in Kenya. Livestock Research for Rural development (accepted 8/8/16, to be published 1/9/16)

2

Khobondo, JO & MK Ambula (2016). Effects of partial replacement of commercial pellets with prosopis juliflora pods on performance of New Zealand weaner rabbits. J. Anim. Sci. Adv (accepted 15/8/18)

3

M’ncene WB, JK Tuitoek, AM Wachira & MK Ambula (2016). Partial substitution of soybean with red haricot beans in broiler diets: Effects of processing, probiotics and enzymes on performance. J. Anim. Sci. Adv 2016, (6)6:1650-1656

4

Mungai NW, Ambula MK, Chege NW, Mberia P, Ombati JM, Opiyo AM, Bebe BO, Ayuya IO & Wambua T (2016). Experiential learning for agricultural students in institutions of higher learning: The case of Egerton University. Agric J for rural development. (accepted 18/8/2016)

5

Mukasafari AM, MK Ambula, AM King’ori & C Karege (2016). Effects of brewers’ spent grains on the performance of growing pigs in Rwanda. Tropical Animal Health & Production (accepted 15/8/2016)

6

Nyakira, BS, PA Onjoro, JK Tuitoek & MK Ambula (2015). Determination of the nutritive value of sugar cane tops, Mulberry leaves (M. alba) and Calliandra (C. Calothyrsus) as feed supplements for goats in Kenya. J. Anim. Sci. Adv 2015, 5(3): 1225-1233

7

Maina, DND, Onjoro PA, Njoka EN and Ambula MK (2014). Evaluation of triticale grain as a feed for broiler finishers in Kenya. Egerton J. Sci. Technol. Vol 14: 1-13

8

Domitila, NB, PA Onjoro, EN Njoka and MK Ambula (2014). Evaluating the potential of triticale grain grown in Kenya as an alternative feed ingredient in broiler diets in raw or thermal treated (pelleted) form. J. Anim. Sci. Adv. 2014: 4(9) 2115-2123

9

Juma, H, SA Abdulrazak, RW Muinga and MK Ambula, (2006). Evaluation of Clitoria, Glyricidia and Mucuna as Nitrogen Supplements to Napier Grass Basal Diet in Relation to the Performance of Lactating Jersey Cows. “Livestock Science 103 (2006) 23-29”

10

Juma, H, SA Abdulrazak, RW Muinga and MK Ambula, (2006). Effects of Supplementing Maize Stover with Clitoria, Glyricidia and Mucuna on Performance of Lactating Jersey Cows in Coastal Lowland Kenya. “Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 2006 (6): 1-7”

11

Okeno, TO, FK Mbuku, AK Kahi and MK Ambula (2004). Productive and Reproductive Performance of Pure Bos Tauras Cattle in Three Large Scale Farms in Kenya. “Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 3 (12):846-851, 2004”

12

MK Ambula, JK Tuitoek and GW Oduho (2003). Effects of High Tannin Sorghum and Bentonite on the Performance of Laying Hens. “Tropical Animal Health and Production, 2003 Pg 285-292”

13

MK Ambula. JK Tuitoek and GW Oduho (2001). Effects of Sorghum Tannins, a Tannin Binder (Polyvinylpyrrolidone) and Sorghum Inclusion Level on the Performance of Broiler Chicks. “Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, September 2001, Pg 1276-1281”

14

E.N. Njoka-Njiru, J.M. Ojango, M.K. Ambula, C.M. Ndirangu (2001). Grazing Behaviour of Saanen and Toggenburg Goats in Sub-humid Tropical Conditions of Kenya. “Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, July 2001”

 

Manuscripts under Preparation

1. Poultry Production in the Tropics

2. A Handbook of Commercial Chicken Production in Kenya

3. A Guide To Indigenous Chicken Production In Sub-Saharan Africa: Prospects and Perspectives

Seminars/Workshops/Conferences

1. 1st World Congress on Innovations for Livestock Development “Fostering innovations for the livestock sector”, Sentrim Elementaita, Nakuru Kenya, 26th -30th June 2016

2. iLINOVA Sumer School - Project Cycle Management Osun State, Nigeria, Nov 2015

3. Transformative Leadership & People Management by MDF, August 2015, Arusha Tanzania

4. A ToT Workshop on development of a competence-based Poultry Science curriculum, Debre Zeit Ethiopia, March 2015

5. Egerton University International Conference & Research Week, 2015

6. Processes of developing a Teaching & Learning Centre: A case of Punjab Agricultural University, Punjab India, December 2014

7. Inception Workshop at the University of Education, Ghana Nov 2013: Strengthening Capacity of Higher Education Institutions in Eastern & Western Africa to Enhance Efficiency in the Dairy Value Chain (DairyChain)

8. International Seminar on Project Management at Galilee International Management Institute, Galilee Israel December 2012

9. Animal Production Society of Kenya – Annual Symposium, April 2015

10. KARI Biannual Scientific Conferences

11. Kenya Livestock Breeders Association – Annual Breeders’ Show 2015

12. IAR4D Annual Workshops (2007–2009)

13. SUCAPRI Annual Workshops (2008-2011) i.e. Strengthening of University Capacity for Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Rural Innovation Processes

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

 

Membership Category

Organization

Member

Animal Production Society of Kenya

Fellow

Higher Academy, UK

Livestock Judge

Agricultural Society of Kenya

Member

Kenya Animal Breeders’ Association

Member

Livestock Producers’ Society of Kenya

Consultant

Association of Kenya Feed Manufacturers

Trainer of Trainees

IAR4D Kenya Chapter

Member

Shalom Club, Kenya Chapter

 

Supervision: Post graduate students specifically proposal development, experimental designs, data collection and management and thesis writing

1. Juma Harrison: Effects of Supplementing Maize Stover with Clitoria, Glyricidia and Mucuna on Performance of Lactating Jersey Cows in Coastal Lowland Kenya (graduated)

2. Khaemba BW (KM11/3157/11): Assessment of adaptation strategies for water scarcity in smallholder dairy farms exposed to recurring droughts in Nakuru and Baringo Counties in Kenya (deferred)

3. Wanangwe JN (KM11/3334/12): Evaluation of methionine sources for broiler chicken in Kenya (writing thesis)

4. Mukasafari Anne Marie (KM11/13538/14): Effects of feeding brewers waste on the performance of growing pigs in Rwanda (graduated)

5. Muhungwane S. Jorge (KM11/13523/14): Effects of weaning age on production and economic performance of rabbit rearing on smallholder farms in Kenya (graduated)

6. Nyathogora Evelyn Ngunyangi (KM11/13544/14): Evaluation of efficacy of probiotics on performance of immune response in broiler

chicken in Kenya (writing thesis)

7. Wachira Moses Ngatia (KM113/1423/15. Evaluation of growth performance and survival rates of Nile Tilapia fed black soldier larvae-based diets (writing thesis)

8. Sumbule Esther Khayanga (KM113/1424/15). Effect of different inclusion levels of black soldier fly larvae on the performance and laying capacity of exotic chicken (questionnaire survey)

REFERENCES

  1. Prof. Bockline Bebe

Egerton University

POB 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya

Cell: +254 721 853 999

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  1. Bishop Joseph Masinde

Chuka University

Cell: +254 724 817 366

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  1. Mrs. Pamela Oguda

POB 833, Mumias 50102, Kenya

Cell: +254 723 155 335

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