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Dr Irungu is an Agricultural Economist specializing on livestock economics.  He obtained his PhD in 2011 from the University of Nairobi; MSc in Agricultural Economics and BSc in Range Management from the same university.  He joined the University as a Lecturer in 2006. Prior to joining the University, Dr Irungu worked with the then Kenya Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI), now Trypanosomiasis Research Centre of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) where he was the Research Officer in charge of Environment and Socio-economics Section.  Between 2004 and 2006, Dr Irungu was a PhD Graduate Fellow at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

 Dr Irungu has worked extensively on livestock value chains analyzing issues on production, processing, marketing and trade as well as food policy.  Dr Irungu has a wealth of experience in field research especially undertaking baseline data analysis at household, community and market levels.  He also has wide knowledge and expertise in undertaking participatory rural appraisals, stakeholder analysis and statistical data analysis. He also consulted widely for both government and non-governmental organizations.  He has published widely on economics of livestock utilization in Kenya and in the region.  Dr Irungu has supervised both PhD and MSc students both within and outside the University of Nairobi.

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