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Prof. John Mburu is an Agricultural and Resource Economist who holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics (2002) from the University of Goettingen, Germany. He has worked extensively, for over 13 years, on Crop genetic resources, Animal (livestock) genetic resources, Economics of livestock breeding, Economic valuation of forests and wildlife; Analysis of the efficient and sustainable approaches of conservation of natural resources; Cost-benefit analysis; Incentives for conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, Irrigation, Market chain analysis, Climate change, Cross border trade, Microfinance, Poverty and Horticulture commodity value chain analysis. He joined the Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi in June 2007 from the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany, where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow and coordinated various research projects on management of natural resources in Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia), for almost five years. Prof. Mburu has extensive experience in conducting baseline and follow up surveys among rural households and particularly in areas surrounding forests, wildlife parks and reserves, and water catchments. Specifically, he was responsible for designing and implementing baseline surveys in areas adjacent to Kakamega forest and its fragments in Kenya and Budongo forest in Uganda. He has also supervised many PhD and MSc students both at the Department of Agricultural Economics and in other universities.
Prof. Mburu has also worked on environmental benefits of using ‘green’ power in the Kenyan tea industry, costs and benefits of conserving Arabuko Sokoke Forest, and incentives and constraints for on-farm conservation of traditional vegetables in Kisii, Transmara, Kilifi,Tharaka and Peri-Urban Nairobi districts. Over the years Prof. Mburu has gained useful expertise in applying the concepts of cost-benefit analysis, New Institutional Economics (NIE) and Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF) in applied research on agriculture and management of natural resources. He has published widely on agriculture and environment, including economics of utilization and management of forests, wildlife and agro-biodiversity in developing countries.

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