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Division / Faculty
Faculty of Environment and Resources Development
Directorate / Dept
DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Njoro Main Campus
Address
P.O Box 536
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Bsc Forestry (Moi University), MSc Agriculture (University of Tsukuba), PhD Agricultural Sciences (University of Tsukuba)

WORK EXPERIENCE

Lecturer/ Researcher/Consultant

Compassionate, creative and effective lecturer, trainer, researcher and consultant with valuable experience in management and community outreach. Equally effective whether working independently or as a member of a team. Well versed in forestry, climate change, green growth, management and sustainable development issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Appropriate Technology and Sciences for Rural Development
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Agroforestry
  • Climate Change
  • Forestry and Climate Change
  • Agriculture and Livelihoods
  • Green Growth and Circular Economy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Socio-economics and policy studies

Professional Experience

Egerton University                                                                           June 2015 to date:

Lecturer/Researcher/ Consultant

With a mandate to carry out teaching research and community outreach.

I have been a class advisor since 2015 for different cohorts of students

Mentor:

Project Learning Tree Canada/World Forestry Congress Jan 2022-June 2022

 

Teaching

I have successfully taught and examined the following courses leading to graduation of students.

 

Level

Course Code

Course Title

Undergraduate

FORM 350

Social Forestry and Rural development

 

FORM 352

Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding

 

FORM 440

Forest Resource Management

 

FORM 451

Forest Pathology

 

FORM 441

Forestry and National Development

 

NARE 341

Scientific Report Writing in Natural Resources

 

NARE 373

Students Project Proposals

 

NARE 374

Students Projects

 

WIEM 421

Wildlife Management

 

NARE 213

Principles of Forestry

 

  

MSc

NARE 726

Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding

 

NARE 729

Forest Resource Management

 

NARE 760

Research Methodology

 

NARE 764

Natural Resources Management

 

DLRM 713

Climate Change and Ecology

PhD

NARE 812

Project Proposal Writing

 

ARIS 9105

Agriculture and Rural Development in Africa

 

Evaluation: This is done at intervals; end semester, and after a 4 year cycle involving all stakeholders in the sector.

 

Research: I have successfully delivered on research supported by the African Forest Forum on “The Role of the African Forest Private Sector in Climate Change”. There was a project report, fact sheet, policy brief, and journal article as deliverables. I have also taken part in writing more than 10 proposals for funding, most touching on communities and how to deliver knowledge products to them.

Journal/Publications Reviewer

  • Reviewer for East African Journal of Science Technology and Innovation
  • Reviewer for Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO
  • Reviewed publications for CIFOR and US Forest Service on Water Towers Vulnerability to Climate Change
  • Reviewed a compendium on forestry and climate change adaptation for African forest Forum
  • Reviewed papers for Egerton University 14th Annual International Conference
  • Reviewed papers for Open Journal of Forestry May 2022

Extension/Outreach Activities:

  • I have been involved in many tree planting activities including one at the International Children’s Mission Primary School (a school for poor children) where over 3000 seedlings were planted in 2019.
  • Patron Tusomeshe Watoto Kakamega County Welfare Group since 2013
  • Patron Egerton Got Talent
  • Patron of the UN HULT Prize, Egerton Chapter.

 

Consultancies and related: Over the last six years, I have done work for the following:

  • Kenya National Commission for UNESCO. Consultancy to undertake baseline surveys, map current nature based products and services, and stakeholders’ needs assessment at the Baringo Great Rift Valley aspiring Geopark Dec 2022
  • African Forest Forum: Validation of teaching compendiums on forests and climate change mitigation for professional and technical training in African forestry November 2022
  • Nile Basin Initiative/ENTRO Development of Recruitment material and recruitment of Senior Social and Environment Officer March/April 2022
  • TMG Consultants GmbH / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ Monitoring and Evaluation of Land Lease Guidelines and Sustainable Land Management activities in Kakamega County (Oct 2021-Jan 2022)
  • United Nations Environment Programme UNEP / Swedish Environment Institute SEI (Clean Air Action Document), (2020-2022) Co-Authoring a Clean Air Document for Africa
  • United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) (Terminal Evaluation: Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development (LECRD) project) 2019.
  • African Forest Forum, (AFF) (Development of climate change training compendium), 2016-2019
  • Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) (Review/Evaluation of Water Towers Project), 2018
  • The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) (AFOLU Activities within the region) 2016
  • United States Forest Service, (USF) (Proposal development (Western WASH) and review of Water towers project), 2020
  • Ministry of Environment and Forestry(MoEF) Trade Hub East Africa, (Forestry, Green growth and circular economy) 2019-201
  • World Banks Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management (CESAAM), and MasterCard TAGDEV (Proposal development and student supervision) 2019-Continuing

Maasai Mara University                                                                  January to May 2015

Lecturer

Serving as a lecturer in Maasai Mara University was a short stint. I was mainly involved in teaching.

Teaching Achievements

I taught, supervised and examined students in the following units

 

Level

Unit Code

Course Title

Undergraduate

SES 310

Research Methods

Postgraduate

SES 815

Restoration Ecology

 

SES 816

Wetlands Ecology

 

SES 817

Ecology of Tropical Forests

 

Evaluation: This was done on a regular basis within the academic year

I was also involved in the development of the curriculum for an undergraduate degree course in forestry.

Nippon Koei Co Ltd (JICA –ECoRAD)                                         Feb 2013 to May 2014

Programme Manager: Livelihoods (Enhancing Community Resilience Against Drought)

Serving as the Livelihoods manager for the JICA supported project on Enhancing Community Resilience Against Drought, I supervised socio-economic activities in improved livestock management, natural resources, and small scale agriculture in the two ASAL counties of Marsabit and Turkana. I also trained communities in small scale business management in Agriculture and fisheries around Lake Turkana.

Achievements

  • I introduced high breeding Sasso Chicken and Galla goats in Marsabit County and distributed them to over 100 women in three self-help groups in far flung villages.
  • Trained more than 200 community members on Village Community Banking (VICOBA)
  • Trained women from Kalacha on better marketing strategies for their salt used as a livestock supplement
  • Co-supervised the construction of a livestock market and drilling of 6 boreholes and one rock catchment for water provision in remote areas of Marsabit County
  • Introduced suitable honey packaging materials and trained three women groups in gum, resins and honey production and marketing in Ngurnit area
  • Trained over 100 farmers in the use of rain fed agriculture for production of food crops in Turkana County
  • Provided advisory services to artisanal miners and other traders in small scale business management, coupled with business training
  • Trained and mentored more than 40 fisher folks on fishing handling and marketing in Turkana County

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: This was done based on the results based framework recommended by Japan International Cooperation Agency. I carried out weekly, monthly, mid-term and final evaluations on all the project under my docket. Activities we repeated at project and programme level.

Kenyatta and South Eastern Kenya Universities                         Jan 2012 to Feb 2013

Visiting Lecturer

Courses Taught

I taught, supervised and examined students in the following units

Kenyatta University

 

Level

Unit Code

Course Title

Undergraduate

ERC 307

Natural and Technological Hazards

Graduate

ENS 504

Climate change

 

 

South Eastern Kenya University

I taught, supervised and examined students in the following units

 

Level

Unit Code

Course Title

Undergraduate

ARM 307

Agroforestry

 

ENF 201

Agriculture

 

ESM 505

Participatory Research Methods and Communication

 

 

Achievements

Successfully taught several units at graduate and at undergraduate level. These included climate change, natural and technological hazards, agriculture, agroforestry and participatory research methods. All these courses involved successful monitoring evaluation.

Camco Global Advisory Services                                       Dec 2010 to Jan 2013

Associate Consultant

Achievements

Participated in writing of three proposals on climate change

CULEX Institute (Japan)                                        April 2006 to November 2010

Consultant/ Instructor

Achievements

Mentored more than 300 students in Joso City Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan and successfully took two small schools to the finals of speech contest in Ibaraki Prefecture

 

University of Tsukuba (Japan)                               April 2004 to November 2006

PhD candidate

Achievements

Successfully graduated with a PhD in Agricultural Sciences

Published two papers

 

University of Tsukuba                                                   April 1999 to March 2004

Graduate Assistant

            Helped in delivery of several courses by the lecturers

           

University of Tsukuba                                                     April 1998 to March 2000

Graduate student at Masters Level

Achievements

Successfully graduated with an MSc in Agricultural Sciences

Published in Tsukuba Bulletin

 University of Tsukuba                                                          April 1997-March 1998

Research Student

            Achievements

            Successfully graduated from the language school with a certificate in Japanese

Kenya Japan Social Forestry Training Project                                       1993-1997

Training and Research Officer

Achievements

Successfully implemented training courses in Social Forestry and Agroforestry for 18 countries in eastern, central and southern Africa, namely: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Other self-supported beneficiaries included Ghana and Madagascar. Other responsibilities included:

Monitoring and Evaluation: This done as per JICAs requirements on project and programme evaluation. After every training, there was evaluation. There were also semi-annual and annual evaluations which I carried out.

ODA-Kenya Indigenous Forest Conservation (KIFCON)                                   1991-1993

Seconded from KEFRI

Environmental Socio-economist

Achievements

Carried out Social Research in Shimba Hills, Kakamega, Mau Forest Complex and Mt Kenya and wrote reports for the same.

Monitoring and Evaluation: I carried out period evaluation on a mothnly basis and as required by the project leadership.

Kenya Forestry Research Institute                                                     1990-1991

Assistant Research Officer (Socio-Economics and Policy Studies)

This was a training position thus had little to achieve

 

Language skills: English, Kiswahili, Luyia and Japanese

 

Other skills: Networking, Intercultural communication, Driving, Computer skills

Present employment position: Lecturer, Department of Natural Resources, Egerton University and Program Leader: Masters Programme in Dryland Resources Management (Department of Natural Resources)

Trainings and certificates

African Forest Forum: July 2022: Certificate of participation in a training workshop on building capacity of African Forestry stakeholders on the development of bankable projects on forests and climate change, Nairobi, Kenya

Egerton University and Oslo New University College: May 2022 Professional Training in Conflict Management and negotiations in Practice, Skills, Tools and Approaches, Nakuru, Kenya

Commission for University Education October 2020: Certificate of Participation in the 3rd Biannual Conference on the State of Higher Education in Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Egerton University: June 2018, Workshop on Capacity Building Training on Consultancy Services

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS

14. Publications

Recent Conference Papers

Lubanga Makanji, Emery Kasongo, Rebecca M. Kalibwani, Luciens N. Kimuni and Robert-Prince Mukobo M. (2016). Mainstreaming AFOLU in University Curricula: Status and Opportunities. Regional Scientific Symposium on Climate Smart Agriculture, 23rd – 27th November 2015, Nairobi, Kenya.

Lubanga Makanji and Mogaka H R (2016) Linking agriculture forestry and other

land uses to climate smart agriculture: The need for policy orientation. Regional Scientific Symposium on Climate Smart Agriculture, 29-30 September 2016, Lusaka, Zambia

Lubanga Makanji (2017) Role Of African Forestry Private Sector In Response To Climate Change. The case of Kenya. Regional Workshop on Sharing knowledge and experiences on public and private sector development in forestry and response to climate change and transboundary forestry issues 10-14 July 2017, Accra, Ghana

15. Publications/Reports/Compendiums

1. Lubanga Makanji, 1990: Socio-cultural values of trees in Kakamega district- KEFRI-Moi University.

2. Lubanga Makanji 1991: The use of indigenous forest plants by forest dwellers. Socio-economic report No. 7. South-West Mau forest. KIFCON/Forest Department.

3. Lubanga Makanji 1991: Utilization of South-West Mau forest by the forest dwellers. Socio-economic report No 9. KIFCON/Forestry Department-December 1991.

4. Lubanga Makanji 1992: Baseline Data collection for the eventual impact assessment of upgrading Molo-Olenguruone and Bomet-Litein roads. Overseas Development Administration project (UK).

5. Lubanga Makanji, 1992: Use of the forest by households living adjacent to Mt. Kenya Forest -KIFCON. Overseas Development Administration project (UK)

6. Lubanga Makanji, 1992: Use of the forest by households living adjacent to Shimba hills forest-KIFCON. Overseas Development Administration project (UK)

7. Lubanga Makanji, 1992: Use of the forest by households living adjacent to Aberdare forest-KIFCON. Overseas Development Administration project (UK)

8. Lubanga Makanji, 1992: Use of the forest by households living adjacent to Kiang’ombe Hilltop forest-KIFCON. Overseas Development Administration project (UK)

9. Langat D., Luvanda M., and Lubanga M,. 1997. Marketing of Forest products in Kiambu District as a pilot area. KEFRI research note number 7.

10. Lubanga Makanji and Haruyuki Mochida. March 1999. Forests and Forestry in Kenya. Bulletin of Tsukuba University Forests No 15. Agricultural and Forestry Research Center, University of Tsukuba (ISSN 0912-1765)

11. Makanji Dickson Lubanga 2000. Marketing of Wood Forest Products from Kakamega Forest in Kenya (Unpublished Masters Thesis, Tsukuba University)

12. Lubanga Makanji and Haruyuki Mochida. 2003. Wood Products’ marketing functions carried out by forest adjacent dwellers. Implications for policy makers: A case study of Kakamega   Forest in Kenya. Journal of Forest Planning Vol 9, No2: 97-104 (2003) Japan Society of Forest planning.

13. Lubanga Makanji and Haruyuki Mochida 2004: Logging Ban in Kenya: Convergence and Divergence from the Forest Law and Policy and Impacts on Plantation Forestry. Journal of Forest planning Vol 10: No1: 21-30 (2004) Japan Society of Forest Planning.

14. Makanji Dickson Lubanga, December 2005. Logging Ban, Conservation Policy, and Industrial Growth in Kenya. (Unpublished PhD Thesis Tsukuba University)

15.  J. A Okumu, D. L. Makanji, A. A. Aboud, J. K. Cheboiwo 2018.

Factors Influencing Adoption of Management and Control Technologies for Prosopis juliflora in Marigat, Baringo County, Kenya. Journal of Resources Development and Management Vol.48, 2018 on-line journal ISSN 2422-8397

16. M.M. Okeyo, G.O. Obwoyere, D.L. Makanji, J.W. Njuguna and J.A. Omondi 2019. Fungal diseases attacking floral phenology of Terminalia brownii in drylands, Kenya. Poplar 2019, 203, 5-11, on-line journal, UDC: 582.776.7:632.4(676.2).

17. D. L. Makanji and V.O. Oeba (2019) the role of the Kenyan private forestry sector in response to climate change mitigation and adaptation. International Forestry Review Vol.21(S1), 2019.

18. Okeyo, M.M., Obwoyere, G.O., Makanji, D.L., Njuguna, J.W., Atieno,J., Promotion of Terminalia brownii in Reforestation by Development of Appropriate Dormancy Breaking and Germination Methods in Drylands; Kenya, Global Ecology and Conservation,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01148.

19. African Forest Forum, 2019. Basic science of climate change. A compendium for professional training on African Forestry. 236pp (One of the contributors) Online at www.afforum.org

20. African Forest Forum, 2019. Basic science of climate change. A compendium for technical training in African forestry. 236pp (One of the contributors) Online at www.afforum.org

21. African Forest Forum, 2019. Basic Science of Climate Change. A compendium for short courses in African forestry. 88pp (One of the contributors) Online at www.afforum.org

22. African Forest Forum, 2019. Carbon markets and trade. A compendium for professional training in African forestry.140pp (One of the contributors) online at www.afforum.org

23. African Forest Forum, 2019. Carbon markets and trade. A compendium for technical training in African forestry.72pp (One of the contributors) Available online at www.afforum.org

24. African Forest Forum, 2019. Carbon markets and trade. A compendium for short courses in African forestry. 84pp (One of the contributors) Online at www.afforum.org

25. African Forest Forum, 2019. Basic Science of climate change. Climate modelling and scenario development. A compendium for professional training in African forestry. Professional working paper. 92pp (One of the contributors) Online at www.afforum.org

26. African Forest Forum, 2019. International dialogues, processes and mechanisms to climate change. A compendium for professional and technical training in African forestry. Technical working paper. 132pp (Lead author) Online at www.afforum.org

27. Mwangi, K. , Musili, A. , Otieno, V. , Endris, H. , Sabiiti, G. , Hassan, M. , Tsehayu, A. , Guleid, A. , Atheru, Z. , Guzha, A. , Meo, T. , Smith, N. , Makanji, D. , Kerkering, J. , Doud, B. and Kanyanya, E. (2020) Vulnerability of Kenya’s Water Towers to Future Climate Change: An Assessment to Inform Decision Making in Watershed Management. American Journal of Climate Change9, 317-353. doi: 10.4236/ajcc.2020.93020.

28. Inoti S, K.and D. L Makanji,. (2020) Effect of watering interval on the growth of Warburgia ugandensis seedlings in Egerton University, Kenya. 13th Egerton University International Conference, 2020

29. Koskey, C. , Makanji, D. , Wilkinson, C. and Eshiamwata, G. (2021) Socio-Economic Impacts of Hyena Predation on Livestock around Lake Nakuru National Park and Soysambu Conservancy, Kenya. Open Journal of Social Sciences9, 411-425. doi: 10.4236/jss.2021.99029.

TEACHING AREAS

Egerton University                                                                           June 2015 to date: 

Lecturer/Researcher/ Consultant

With a mandate to carry out teaching research and community outreach.

I have been a class advisor since 2015 for different cohorts of students

Mentor:

Project Learning Tree Canada/World Forestry Congress Jan 2022-June 2022

 

Teaching

I have successfully taught and examined the following courses leading to graduation of students.

 

Level

Course Code

Course Title

Undergraduate

FORM 350

Social Forestry and Rural development

 

FORM 352

Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding

 

FORM 440

Forest Resource Management

 

FORM 451

Forest Pathology

 

FORM 441

Forestry and National Development

 

NARE 341

Scientific Report Writing in Natural Resources

 

NARE 373

Students Project Proposals

 

NARE 374

Students Projects

 

WIEM 421

Wildlife Management

 

NARE 213

Principles of Forestry

 

  

MSc

NARE 726

Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding

 

NARE 729

Forest Resource Management

 

NARE 760

Research Methodology

 

NARE 764

Natural Resources Management

 

DLRM 713

Climate Change and Ecology

PhD

NARE 812

Project Proposal Writing

 

ARIS 9105

Agriculture and Rural Development in Africa

 

Evaluation: This is done at intervals; end semester, and after a 4 year cycle involving all stakeholders in the sector.

 

Research: I have successfully delivered on research supported by the African Forest Forum on “The Role of the African Forest Private Sector in Climate Change”.  There was a project report, fact sheet, policy brief, and journal article as deliverables. I have also taken part in writing more than 10 proposals for funding, most touching on communities and how to deliver knowledge products to them.

Journal/Publications Reviewer

  • Reviewer for East African Journal of Science Technology and Innovation
  • Reviewer for Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO
  • Reviewed publications for CIFOR and  US Forest Service on Water Towers Vulnerability to Climate Change
  • Reviewed a compendium on forestry and climate change adaptation for African forest Forum
  • Reviewed papers for Egerton University 14th Annual International Conference
  • Reviewed papers for Open Journal of Forestry May 2022

 

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