Samuel Mwonga is an associate professor of soil science in the Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils. He holds a PhD (Soil Science) from Cornell University (USA), a MSc (Soil Science) from the University of Nairobi and a BSc (Agric) from McGill University (Canada). His current duties include teaching, research and outreach in soil fertility and related fields. He has guided and supervised several MSc and PhD students in the field of agronomy. He was a trainer on crop management research in CMRT, Egerton-CIMMYT-KARI project for training entry-level crop management researchers from National Agriculture Reesearch Organizations form the region. He has been a past chair of the Department of Crops Horticultre and Soils and Faculty representative to the Senate at Egerton University. His research interests include development and testing of agricultural technologies focusing on improvement of low input smallholder production systems and management of soil health. He has wide experience in on-station, on-farm research and in research implementation and management. He has and continues to be involved in several multi-stakeholder research projects focusing on technolgy development and diffusion in smallholder settings. He is currently the Directore of the Crop Management Research Training Project (CMRT) and also the Deputy Centre Leader of the World Bank funded African Centre of Excellence (ACE II) project (CESAAM, Egerton University), focusing on strengthening the quality of teaching and research at Egerton University.
Ph.D. (Soil Science): Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (USA). May 1991.
M.Sc. (Soil Science): University of Nairobi, Kenya. December 1987.
B.Sc. (Agriculture): McGill University, Montreal, Canada. June 1984.
Diploma (IAR4D) - Integrated Agriculture for Research and Development: (ICRA – International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. Wageningen – The Netherlands. June 2005.
1. NuMaRice-UAV Project
Title: Nutrient management of paddy rice fields in South-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo – Using UAV-imaging for a precision agricultural approach
Description: The project has three partners: Egerton University (EgU), Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB) and Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU) in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Austria, respectively. The aim of the project is to create a stable basis for cooperation between Austrian and African Universities through promotion of new contacts and deepening of existing scientific cooperation.
Responsibility: Project Coordinator and student supervision
Funding: Austrian Agency for Education and International Cooperation (OeAD-GmbH).
2. KCSAP Sorghum Project
Title: Validation of Climate-Smart Sorghum Technologies for Increased Productivity and Improved Livelihoods.
Description: A multi-institutional project among research partners in university, agricultural research institutions and farmer groups to validate and promote technologies and innovations of recently released sorghum varieties.
Responsibility: Principal Investigator
Funding: World Bank though the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP)
3. EaTSANE Project
Title: Education and Training for Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition in East Africa (EaTSANE). A collaborative project between Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Hohenheim and Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany) and KIT (Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen, The Netherlands) which seeks to enhance sustainable farming practices and improve diets of households in Kenya and Uganda by diversifying the food system with a participatory action learning approach.
Responsibility: Coordinating Conservation Agriculture implementation in Kenya
Funding: National Research Fund (NRF), under LEAP-Agri programme of the EU, 2018-2021
4. CESAAM African Centre of Excellence (ACE II) Project
Title: Center of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management (CESAAM), Egerton University.
Description: A World Bank project for the establishment of regional African Centres of Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture in institutions of higher learning. The aim of the project is to contribute to regional food security by focusing on technical capacity development, innovative agricultural research, incubation and transfer of technologies, and evidence-based policy development.
Responsibility: Deputy Centre Leader and PI, and Soil Science thematic leader.
Funding: World Bank, 2017-2022
Title: Diversifying Food Systems: Horticultural Innovations and Learning for Improved Nutrition and Livelihood in East Africa
Description: A GlobE (Global Food Security programme) project whose objective is to support the development of sustainable agriculture in African countries in order to secure a stable food supply for the rural and urban poor. HORTINLEA focuses on indigenous vegetables.
Responsibility: Soil health research and student supervision
Funding: BMZ Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany through the GlobE Programme, 2013 -2018.
6. Multipurpose Legume Project (MLP)
Title: Multipurpose legumes and management strategies for reinvigorating and maintaining the health and productivity of smaller holder mixed farming systems
Description: The aim of the project is the sustainable integration of multiple species and cultivars of legumes into the smallholder farming systems of western Kenya.
Responsibility: Co PI (Egerton University Team), student supervision and soil fertility/management research.
Funding: McKnight Foundation through the East and Horn of Africa Community of Practice (EHAf CoP), 2011 – 2015 and 2015-2018.
7. IAR4D Initiative in Kenya
Title: Integrated Agricultural Research for Development in Kenya
Description: a multi-institutional effort to promote integrated agricultural research for development involving nine institutions including universities, agriculture sector ministries, agricultural research institutions and famer advocacy organization. The initiative developed an forum to advocate for integrated research for Agriculture, FIARD (Forum for Integrated Agricultural Research for Development)
Funding: support for research activities through ICRA form 2005 to 2010
8. Dry Grain Pulses CRSP Project
Title: Using Improved Crop Productivity to Reinvigorate Smallholder Mixed farming Systems in Western Kenya.
Description: A collaborative project between Cornell University (USA), KARI, Egerton University, Moi University, University of Nairobi and CIAT.
Responsibility: Co-PI and collaborating researcher and student supervision.
Funding: USAID through the Dry Grain Pulses CRSP programme of Michigan State University, 2008 to 2010.
9. SUCAPRI Project
Title: Strengthening University Capacity for Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Rural Innovation Processes.
Description: A project aiming at strengthening of university and research staff in rural innovation skills. Partnerships include Makerere University (PI), ICRA, Egerton University, JKUAT and Kenyatta University and University of Nairobi.
Responsibility: Team leader for the Multi-stakeholder Training Activities
Funding: EU through the ACP-EU Cooperation Programmes in Higher Education (EDULINK) – 2008 to 2011.
Soil health management
Low input sutsinable agriculture technologies