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.
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.
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.
36.4 Courses Structure and Duration
i) The PhD programme shall be completed through targeted coursework of a total of 7 CFs, research, thesis and successful oral examinations;
ii) Candidates may register for full-time or part-time doctorate programme;
iii) Fulltime programme shall run for a minimum of 36 consecutive months and a period not exceeding 60 consecutive months, unless with prior approved deferment;
iv) Part-time programme shall run for a period not exceeding 84 consecutive months, unless with prior approved deferment;
v) A candidate may be discontinued on failure to demonstrate positive progress for two consecutive reporting quarters unless with prior approved deferment.
In the coding, The acronym ―AGRO‖ refers to Agronomy. The first digit represents level of training, whichis 8 for PhD programme. The second digit refers to sub-disciplines within agronomy or crop science as follows:
0: Foundation courses/Basic Principles
1: Crop Physiology and Environment
2: Crop Improvement and Biotechnology
3: Crop Protection
4: Seed Science and Technology
5: Crop Management
8: Interdisciplinary courses.
9: Biometry and Experimentation, Research and Seminars.
The third digit is a serial number for the various courses within the sub-disciplines.
The PhD candidate shall be required to conduct an original research under the supervision of Egerton University academic staff and any other person(s) recommended by the Faculty of Agriculture and approved by the Senate.The thematic areas under this programme will be within the broad areas as follows:
Dryland Agro-pastoral Systems
Dryland Land Management Systems
The supervision of research, thesis writing, submission and examination shall be governed by the Egerton University Regulations as stipulated in the University Statutes and Schedule on Doctorate Degree Programmes.
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.
36.7 Graduation requirement
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Dryland Agriculture and Resource Management is not classified.