Message from Dr. Hezron N. Isaboke
Welcome to the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension website. The Department is housed in the School of Agriculture of the University of Embu. It offers 8-market demand-driven programmes in agricultural economics, agribusiness, and agricultural education and extension. The programmes constitute 2 Diplomas, 2 undergraduate, 2 Masters and 2 Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The student enrolment has steadily grown and currently, the Department has 361 and 21 undergraduate and postgraduate students respectively.
All our programmes are approved and respective degrees accredited by the Commission for University Education in Kenya and are regionally & internationally recognized. The Department focuses on training and mentoring students with the aim of developing adaptive skills that have made our graduates highly competitive in the job market. The Department has a competent team of well-experienced and committed academic staff. Teaching follows a learner-centred approach and the staff employ multiple methodologies to teaching and mentoring students at all levels of training. Taking cognizance of the need to employ innovative pedagogy, which requires appropriate facilities, the Department will continue to invest in facilities that promote active learning, problem- and project-based learning, teamwork and peer learning in addition to conventional learning environment.
Alongside teaching, our faculty members engage in various professional consultancy works with private organizations, government, non-governmental organizations and international organizations. In addition, our staff and students undertake cutting-edge research through collaborations/as individuals in agricultural and resource use/economics and extension. In this, we study topical issues in climate change & smart Agriculture, environmental economics, and the Economics of water resources. We also cover issues in agribusiness, farm & food systems, production efficiency as well as technology adoption and transfer among others. The Department is currently implementing multiple projects namely; ‘Scaling-Up Pathways of Last Mile Climate Information Services for Community Resilience in Kenya and Uganda supported by IDRC, Validating Climate Smart Water Harvesting Technologies to Increase Food and Nutrition Security in Semi-arid Kenya, and Improving Irrigation Water Use Efficiency and Functionality of Irrigation Schemes for Food Security projects with support from the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Programme. Further, as part of our community engagements, the Department continually carries out farmers’ training in order to enhance knowledge sharing and partnerships with community-based organizations.
Dr. Hezron N. Isaboke, PhD
Chairman, Department of Agricultural Economics & Extension
University of Embu
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Latest Publications from the Department
- Okeyo, S. O., Ndirangu, S. N., Isaboke, H. N., & Njeru, L. K. (2020). Determinants of sorghum productivity among small-scale farmers in Siaya County , Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research Full, 16(5), 722–731
- Mwangi, T. M., Ndirangu, S. N., & Isaboke, H. N. (2020). Technical efficiency in tomato production among smallholder farmers in Kirinyaga County, Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 16(5), 667–677.
- Yegon, R., Isaboke, H. N., Mrema, G. C and Mtakwa, P. (2020). Economics of Planting Pits under Sorghum and Pigeon Pea in Semi-Arid Areas of Eastern Kenya. Agricultural Socio-economics Journal 1: 15-22
- Wambua, D. M., Ndirangu, S.M., Njeru, L. K., Gichimu, B.M. (2019). Effects of recommended improved crop technologies and socio-economic factors on coffee profitability among smallholder farmers in Embu County, Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research14(34): 1957-1966
- Murimi, E. K., Njeru, L. K., Gichimu, B.M., Ndirangu, S.M. (2019). Effects of Urban Expansion on Agricultural Resources: A Case Study of Embu Town in Kenya. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology 33(4): 1-11
- Ndirangu, S.M, Mbogoh, S.G, Mbatia, O.L.E (2018). Evaluation of the Elasticity of Farm Output among Smallholder Farmers in Selected Agro-Ecological Zones of Embu County, Kenya. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology 26(3): 1-10, 2018; Article no.AJAEES.43048 ISSN: 2320-7027 PDF Version