Bio

Prof John H. Nderitu was born on 2nd June1952. He holds a Bed (Science) Honors degree in Zoology, Botany and Education, Msc in Agricultural Entomology from University of Nairobi and Ph D in Agricultural Entomology from University of Dar-es-salaam. He has attended the following short technical and leadership courses :- Transformative and Result Based Management Oriented to Rapid Results Initiative; performance contracting,; Safety and Health; Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation; Public Procurement rules and regulations; ISO 9001; Effective Labor management ; Labor Advocacy and Negotiation Skills; Scientific Proposal Writing; Pedagogy; Content Development and E-learning Tools; Database Production; Internal Examinations and Ph D supervision. He was employed at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in 1978 and worked for 14 years as a senior research scientist and 29 years at the University of Nairobi as a Senior Lecture, Associate Professor and Professor. He has attended international courses in plant protection in Netherlands, Britain, Germany, Egypt and Tanzania and has participated in 0ver 300 conferences and workshops held in Malawi, Ghana, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Egypt and Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada. In addition he has been a visiting research scientist in Ethiopia, Burundi, Canada and Colombia. He has undertaken over 40 crop management research projects on beans, green grams, pigeon peas, coffee, sweet potato, potato, maize and horticultural crops funded by Rockefeller Foundation, CIAT, AHI, FAO, ABLH, ASARECA, KAPP , KAPAP, NRF,CHE , UNDP, Deans committee(UON) and NCST. He has implemented Regional Research Project on Common Beans Funded by Africa Highland Initiative under World Agroforestry Centre (1995-1998). He has published more than 100 papers in referred journals and more than 150 papers in conference refereed proceedings. He has carried out several consultancies on pest management and other agricultural disciplines, written technical/consultancy reports and edited conference proceedings. To his credit he has co-supervised and examined 100 Msc and 12 Ph Ds students in crop management and has also been an external examiner for 30 Msc and Ph D thesis in pest management in Makerere University, Jomo Kenya University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenyatta University and Egerton University. He has co-authored two university textbooks namely “ Agricultural entomology: practical aspects of agricultural entomology” and “Invertebrate Zoology for beginners” He has been a visiting scientist in CIAT (Colombia) and McGill University (Canada). He has reviewed many research proposals , conference papers and Journals papers. He has been a member of National Agricultural Information Task Force of Ministry of Agriculture (2006); Member of Advisory Board of EAAFRO Journal (2008), Chairman Kenya Organic Standard , KBS (2005-2007), Chairman of National Potato Council of Kenya (2010-present), Member of Mult-institutional Technical Team (MITT) of Ministry of Agriculture. He is a former National Chairman of Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) (2003-2005)and former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairob (2006-201 H0), former Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Mount Kenya University (2010-2015).

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