Land use and land cover changes and their implications for human-wildlife conflicts in the semi-arid range lands of southern Kenya

Land use and land cover changes are important processes that influence the ecological integrity of wildlife dispersal areas and the dynamics of human - wildlife conflicts in rangelands around protected areas. This study investigated trends in both land use a nd land cover changes in Taveta District. Remote Sensing imageries for Taveta District were analysed for the years 1987, 2001, and 2011. Percentage changes in land use and land cover types for the years 1987 to 2001, 2001 to 2011 and 1987 to 2011 were de termined.

Geospatial analysis of land cover and land use change in the Mau forest complex of Kenya

This study employed the use of Remote Sensing and GIS to evaluate the Land Cover and Land Use Changes that had occurred between 1973 and 2010 in the Mau forest complex, Kenya. The study area is around 400,000 hectares and has the largest montane vegetation in East Africa. The significance of the Mau complex can be viewed in term of the enormous biodiversity of flora and fauna it has and the fact that, it forms upper water catchments to many major rivers. It also sustains many conservation areas and modifies the microclimate in the region.

Strategy implementation and its challenges at the National Cereals and Produce Board, Kenya.

Despite the various studies on the challenges of strategy implementation by State Corporations and how these organizations have responded to the challenges, there has been no focus on State Corporation under the agricultural sector, and more so those performing both social and commercial roles. The research sought to close this gap by focusing on the National Cereals and Produce Board. The study employed a case design and utilized both primary and secondary data.

The role of drought tolerant food crops in food and Nutrition security status among low income households in Kasikeu Division, Makueni District-Kenya

Makueni district experiences chronic food insecurity and is ranked the highest in food poverty incidences (71%). Over the past five years, various stakeholders have put some efforts to improve household food security by promoting the growing and utilization of drought tolerant food crops in the district. The purpose of this study was to establish whether growing and utilisation of drought tolerant food crops enhances food and nutrition security in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands.

The role of Women in natural resource management in the Sugar belt: A case study of land in Malava district in western Kenya

Women play the primary role of natural resource management as they are the major land users. But it has been found that land ownership, access and control of land resources hinder women from proper participation in its management. While women perform much of the productive work on the land, their contribution has largely remained unrecognised. Yet empowerment of women in the management of natural resources has been tightly linked to sustainable development. This study sought to determine the role of women in land management in the sugar belt of Western Kenya.

Effects of land tenure reform on women's access to and control of land for food production in Mumbuni Location Of Eastern Kenya

This is a study on effects of land tenure reform on women's access to and control of land for food production. The study was conducted among women smallholder farmers in Mumbuni Location of Machakos District. The main objective of the study was to find out whether land tenure reform has had a positive or negative effect on land ownership by women. The study also wanted to assess benefits women have reaped from the reform and the effects this has had on household food production.

Linkages between land-use, land degradation and poverty in semi-arid rangelands of Kenya: the case of Baringo District

The study discusses land-degradation in pastoral communities and depicts land-use system and associated human and livestock population pressure as the major determinant of vegetation cover, surface run-off, soil erosion, and species richness. The study recommends use of enclosures to reverse range degradation, and diversification of pastoral economies to reduce poverty and relieve pressure on land as the primary source of livelihood in the semi-arid rangelands of Kenya.

Friction coefficient of cereal grains on various surfaces

The static coeff. of friction of 3 materials which could be used in the construction of silos were determined for oats and shelled maize at different m.c. within a range of 10-20% (w.b.). In general, the coeff. increased with increasing m.c., except for maize on concrete for which changes in m.c. seemed to have no effect. The values varied from 0.216 for mild steel on the driest oats to 0.598 for concrete on the wettest maize. The coeff. for maize were generally higher than for oats for the materials tested.

Mineral micronutrient density in local cereals sampled from Bungoma, Maseno and Kibwezi areas

Cereals constitute a food staple in the African bread (Ugali) form. Overdependence on maize as a predominant staple is partly blamed on the constricting indigenous cereal phyto-diversity. Strategies rekindling interest in their restoration remain few and disconnected.

Response strategies to challenges of competition by horticultural export firms in Kenya

The study was carried out to determine the response strategies to challenges of competition by Horticultural export firms in Kenya.

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