Nancy W. Mungai is a professor of soil science with research interests in biological nitrogen fixation in grain legumes, biological agricultural inputs, and relevance of soil-based approaches for adaptation & mitigation to climate change. She has successfully coordinated twelve research projects and several student internship programs. Nancy is currently involved in a project titled "Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully to contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev) a partnership of Egerton university with Gulu University funded by Mastercard Foundation through RUFORUM. The project has supported over 110 undergraduate and 110 postgraduate students to pursue various agricultural related disciplines including agronomy, horticulture, agribusiness and food nutrition and security. TAGDev has piloted an innovative model for agricultural training that facilitates agricultural students to work closely with rural communities to foster food system transformation. Community action research approaches have been at the center of TAGDev project implementation.
Nancy is also a member of a research consortium lead by Michigan State University dubbed “Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Rural Economic Transformation (SAIRET+)” that is developing longer term proposal to support increased agricultural productivity through sustainable fertilizer use in Africa.
Nancy has supervised over 20 graduate students and has published 72 publications in internationally refereed and peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.
Administratively, Nancy is the Ag. Director in charge of Research and Extension at Egerton University since March 2020. Previously she served as the Director in charge of undergraduate studies and field attachment programs for 9 years.
Rhizobiology, C and N cycling and nutrient management
Responsibilities included monitoring of undergraduate curricula adherence to university approved format for academic programs, promotion of interdisciplinary collaboration at undergraduate level during curriculum development and review, overseeing the publication of the university catalogue of academic programmes, coordination and facilitation of Field Attachment (FA) and Teaching Practice (TP) placement and assessment, supervision of 7 BUGS secretariat staff, over 25 FA/ TP coordinators and facilitation of a 22-member Board of senior academic staff.
Ongoing Multidisciplinary Research
Completed research projects
Publications- book chapter in a university-level refereed scholarly book/ Editorship of a book or conference proceedings
Publications - Peer-reviewed conference proceedings, laboratory and field manuals
Over 20 technical and project reports
Academic advising and student mentoring