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Prof John H. Nderitu was born in 1952. 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 labour management ;  Labour 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 in Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)  in 1978 and worked for 14 years as a senior research scientist and 18 years at the University of Nairobi as a lecturer.  He has attended international courses in plant protection in Netherlands, Britain, Germany, Egypt  and Tanzania and has participated in conferences and workshops held in Malawi, Ghana, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Egypt and Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada.  In addition he has been a visiting research scientist in Ethiopia, Canada and Colombia.  He has undertaken over 27 crop management research projects on beans, sweet potato,  potato, maize and horticultural crops funded by Rockefeller Foundation, CIAT, AHI, FAO, ABLH, ASARECA, KAPP , CHE , Deans committee(UON)  and  NCST.  He has published more than 51 papers in referred journals and more than 34 papers in conference refereed proceedings.  He has carried out several consultancies  on pest  management and other agricultural disciplines  and written technical/consultancy reports.  To his credit he has co-supervised and examined  45 Msc and 6 Ph Ds students in crop management and has also been an external examiner for 24 Msc and Ph D thesis in pest management in Makerere University, Jomo Kenyatta 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 Mcgrill  University (Canada). He has reviewed many research proposals ,  conference papers and Journals papers.  He is a member of National Agricultural Information Task Force of Ministry of Agriculture; Member of Advisory Board of EAAFRO Journal, Chairman Kenya Organic Standard , KBS (2005-2007)and Member of National Potato Council of KENAP/Ministry of Agriculture.  He is a former National Chairman of Universities Academic Staff Union and former Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi. He became Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic  Affairs (2010), Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Development (2011) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Resource Mobilization (2014-2015) at Mount Kenya University, Thika.  He is currently  teaching at University of Nairobi

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