Trilateral Master of Science Agricultural & Environmental Management


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University of Nairobi, Kenya

Galilee International Management Institute


University of

Trilateral Master of Science
Agricultural & Environmental


Awarding Institution:

University of Nairobi


Galilee Institute, Israel

University of

About University of Nairobi, Kenya

The University of Nairobi
, a body corporate established by an Act of Parliament Cap
210 of the Laws of Kenya is the pioneer institution of University education in Kenya
and the region.

The only institution of higher learning in Kenya for a long time, the University of
Nairobi res
ponded to the national regional and Africa's high level manpower training
needs by developing and evolving strong, diversified academic programmes and
specializations in sciences, applied sciences, technology, humanities, social sciences
and the arts. To d
ate, the range of programmes offered number approximately two

Through module II (continuing education) programmes, invaluable opportunity has
been opened to hundreds of Kenyans and non
Kenyans, on a paying basis, who
meet university admission req
uirements, but who have not been able to access
university education due to restricted intake into the regular programmes that is
determined by limited resource allocation by Government.

In this effort, the location of the seven campuses of the University

in the capital city
and its environs and facilitating easy access, has been an asset that has seen the
university increasingly become the busy hub and citadel of academic activity at all

The university is proud of its distinguished record of achie
vements in teaching,
research, development and consultancy while strategizing for a greater future as the
centre of academic, research and professional excellence.


To provide quality university education and training
. T
o embody the aspirations of the
Kenyan people and the global community through creation, preservation, integration,
transmission and utilization of knowledge.

Core Values

In order to realize the above vision and mission, certain shared values shall be
rtured. There is great need for the University to be guided by the right values
derived from the virtues and moral standards of the Kenyan and wider society.

The University shall be guided by the following core values:

Freedom of thought and expression.
e shall promote and defend
freedom of thought and expression in academic inquiry and other activities.

Innovativeness and creativity.
Innovativeness and creativity shall be the
hallmark of our activities as we initiate and adapt to change.

Good corporate g
We embrace and practice good corporate
governance. In this regard, we shall ensure that all our processes and
procedures are marked by efficiency,

effectiveness and transparency; we are
accountable for our decisions and actions; our decision
king processes are
participative and consultative; and our decisions and actions reflect
meritocracy and are open and transparent;

Team spirit and teamwork.
We shall foster a work environment
characterized by team spirit and teamwork.

In a
ll our actions and interactions, we shall maintain ethical
behaviour, professional etiquette and honesty.

Quality customer service.
We shall provide quality services to our clients.

Responsible corporate citizenship and strong social responsibility.
hall nurture responsible corporate citizenship and strong social

Respect for and conservation of the environment.
In all our activities, we
shall strive to respect and protect the environment.

About Galilee

International Management Institute


Established in 1987 Galilee International Management Institute is an international
educational institute specializing in designing and conducting international study

Networking with universities a
nd other educational institutes in 160 countries
worldwide, we believe in the importance of education as a vital component of national
mission and know the incomparable advantages of learning in different

Our 500
member faculty comprises
internationally recognised
academic experts and

expert practitioners in their fields.

Our educational and training programmes are based on cooperation with universities
and educational institutes in many countries and regions around the world. We
believe t
hat studying in various environments enrich both the students and faculty.
Studying in different cultures is in itself educational.

In addition, also have experience in developing Masters programmes in collaboration
with various higher education institute
s from around the globe.

Galilee International Management Institute designs and implements special training
projects customized to fulfill the specifications of sponsoring governments and
international agencies such as: The World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, USAI
United Nations Environment & Development Programmes.


The Galil


mission is to upgrade the standard of living in transitional

countries and to sustain development
through capacity building. Galilee Institute

addresses these co
untries’ need for administrative leadership, believing that human

efficiency is the crucial factor in nations’ reaching their full socioeconomic potential.

The institute

aims to share Israeli practices and innovations applicable to

own nation
lding requirements; to provide an international meeting place where

professionals learn from top Israeli academic and professional experts and, of equal

mportance, from each other and

within our own neighbourhood, to build bridges of

peace in the Middle E

1.0 Programme Introduction



Agricultural practices continually put pressure on natural resources and have been
identified as one of the key pollutants due to the use of pesticides and other agro
chemicals. An effort to
reverse these damages and introduce sustainable agriculture
is crucial for sustainable development. However a modern national environmental
policy should take into account agriculture as it can be an important component in
sustaining the eco
balance. Agric
ultural waste can be a source of clean and
renewable energy; agriculture is also an effective way to reduce Carbon Dioxide in
the atmosphere. Many environmental issues have both national and regional
dimensions. The need for capacity building of qualified
manpower to manage this
sector is urgent.

The development of a Trilateral MSc.Programme in Agricultural & Environmental
Management is strongly based on limitations in the capacity of human resources in
dealing with waste management generated from agricult
ural production. With the
current issues of climate change and variability the training curricula in institutions of
higher learning have not adequately responded to the global changing trends in
agriculture, environmental management and sustainability. Th
ere is a need to mount
courses that address environmental degradation and pollution in relation to
agricultural production. These wastes could be sources of income depending on their


Programme Objectives

This programme aims at utilizing quality personnel resources and facilities from three
institutions based in Kenya, Israel and Europe. The University of Nairobi will award
the Masters degree in accordance with its regulations.

The goals of this Trilateral
MSc.programme in Agricultural and Environmental
Management are:


To develop human resources in the East African region who will facilitate
agricultural production while ensuring proper environmental Management &


To provide graduates with kno
wledge and skills that will enable them to
understand the issues involved in protecting the environment; degradations,
conservation, recycling and replenishment.


To provide graduates with practical skills to enable them to develop and
implement processes o
f waste management that generate income.

In addition, the multi
national structure of this programme is designed to expose
students to global environmental challenges and solutions; enabling them to apply
international solutions at a national level. The t
rilateral partnership will foster
international cooperation between partnering faculties and institutions.

2.0 Admission Requirements


The common regulations governing Masters Degrees in all faculties of


University of Nairobi shall


Holders of a Bachelor of Science

degree with at least an Upper Second Class

Honours in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Range Management, Wildlife

Management, Forestry, Environmental Science, Animal Science, Biological

and Natural Scienc
es or an equivalent qualification from an institution

recognized by Senate.


Holders of a Bachelor of Science degree with Lower Second Class Honours

in any of the areas specified in (2.2) above, but with at least two years

relevant research work experience evidenced by publications, or a

postgraduate diploma in any of the areas listed in (2.2) or an equivalent

qualification from an institution recognized by Senate.



of a relevant Bachelor of Science degree with a
pass plus, a

graduate diploma in any field related to agricultural environmental

management may be considered.

3.0 Course Exemptions


A candidate may be exempted to a maximum of one third of t

courses provided these are from institutions recognized by Senate of

University of Nairobi.


The request for exemption should be made in writing to the Director, Board of
Postgraduate Studies through the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture.


The application must

be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting


The candidate shall pay the appropriate exemption fee as determined by the

4.0 Course Structure and Duration

The Master degree in Agricultural & Environmental
Management is divided into four
semesters, each of 14 week duration with breaks between semesters for work
assignments. The total length of the programme is 68 weeks.



At University of Nairobi + faculty from Galilee Institute and a European u


Kenya 4 weeks for work assignments, examinations.

2nd Semester

At Galilee Institute + faculty from University of Nairobi and a European university.


Israel 4 weeks for assignments, examinations.



At a European Univ
ersity + faculty from University Nairobi and Galilee Institute.


4 weeks Europe for work assignments, examinations.

4th Semester

At University of Nairobi + faculty from Galilee Institute and a European university.

Project writing and graduation.

5.0 Course Outline

The programme shall consist of 17 examinable courses. For successful completion of
coursework, a candidate must pass all the 17 courses listed below.


Course Title


AEP 601

Environmental policy, law


AEP 602

biodiversity & genetic resources


AEP 603

ecosystem analysis &


AEP 604

Agricultural pollution & mitigation


AEP 605

Environmental chemistry & toxicology


AEP 606

Environmental impact
assessment &


AEP 607

Climate change & climate variability

(Mitigation & adaptation)


AEP 608

Gender & agricultural environment


AEP 609

Agriculture in ASALs


AEP 610

Agricultural waste recycling technology
disposal, reuse and resale)


AEP 611

Water use and recycling from
agricultural processing plants


AEP 612

Occupational safety management
(exposure to chemicals)


ACP 607

Biometrics for Agricultural Sciences


AEP 613

Economics of
environment & resource


ACP 610

Entrepreneurship & business skills


AEP 615

Landscape design, engineering &
management (damp sites)


AEP 616

Urban agriculture, food safety & public


Study tours


6.0 Examination Regulations


Written Examinations


Each course shall be examined by a written paper lasting three hours at the

end of each semester in which the course is given.


The coursework assessment shall account for 30% and written examinations

for 70% of the final mark.


The pass mark for each course shall be 50%


The grading of the courses shall be as follows:

A = 70% and over

B = 60


C = 50


D = 0



A candidate who fails in any paper may, on the recommendation of the Board

of Examiners, and approval by the Senate be allowed to take up to two

supplementaries in failed papers after paying the appropriate fees.


A candidate who fails in
the second supplementary or fails to complete the

programme in the prescribed maximum duration of 4 semesters shall, on the

recommendation of the Board of Examiners and approval by the Senate, be



The mark for a supplementary paper s
hall be recorded as 50% in the

candidate’s academic record.


Project Examination


The research project shall be examined by written project


Each student shall present a seminar of the research project proposal.


Each candidate shall submit for
examination a project report, with the
approval of the academic supervisors, during the 4

semester. The project
report shall be examined in accordance with the common regulations of the
Board of Postgraduate studies of the University of Nairobi.


A candid
ate who fails to complete the course in the prescribed period shall,
on the recommendation of the Faculty Board and approval by senate, be

7.0 Award of Degree

Candidates who satisfy the examiners in all written and project report examina
shall be awarded a Master of Science degree in Agricultural & Environmental
Management of the University of Nairobi.

Course Descriptions

AEP 601: Environmental policy, law & governance

Legal and policy in national and regional arenas; agricul
ture and land use; safe use
of agro
chemicals; food and environmental safety; Multilateral environmental
agreements; Initiatives and programmes; Montreal & Kyoto Protocols, Dakar
Protocol; London agreements etc. The importance of the NEPAD CAADP framework
for Agriculture in Africa; Local governance issues, emerging and current protocols.

AEP 602: Agro
biodiversity and genetic resources

Country inventory; available resources base and value; benefit sharing; emphasis on
threatened and disappearing spps; belo
w ground biodiversity; genetic erosion;
conservation and preservation (ex
situ and in
situ); germplasm characterization;

bio prospecting; intellectual property rights and CBD, international policies and

AEP 603: Agro
ecosystem analysis and m

Understanding the analytical skills in agro
ecosystem; sustainable management.

AEP 604: Agricultural pollution and mitigation

Sources and impacts of pollution by agricultural enterprises on the environment;
methods of mitigation.

AEP 605:
Environment chemistry and toxicology

Scientific basis for environmental chemistry, toxic compounds above and below
ground and the impacts on fauna and flora including human health and
environmental sustainability, persistent organic pollutants.

AEP 606: E
nvironmental Impact Assessment and Audit

Technical concept and practical skills on EIAA; borrow from elsewhere e.g. Egypt,
Israel, Senegal, Gambia.

AEP 607: Climate change and climate variability (Mitigation and adaptation)

Causes of global warming; clima
te change and its impacts of on sustainable
agricultural for food security; income generation/environmental sustainability

reforestation, breeding for drought tolerance, renewable energy sources,
conservative agriculture, emerging pest challenges.

08: Gender and agricultural environment management

Gender mainstreaming in agriculture
; the role of gender in environmental
management including mitigation and adaptation to climate change (gender
dimensions in water and energy needs in communities).

609: Agriculture in ASALs

Occurrence, extent and significance of the ASALs; limitations, constraints and
opportunities; impact on fauna and flora; alien, invasive and noxious spps; land
degradation; sustainable production systems; technology packages for t
he ASALs;
policies and implementation on ASALs; reclaiming the ASALs.

AEP 610:

Agricultural waste recycling technology (waste disposal, reuse &

Theoretical and practical training on cutting edge technologies on agricultural waste

Management e.
g. recycling, waste to energy (incinerators), fermentation and
pyrolysis including technical and economical aspects. Industry standards and
regulations of hazard management and disposal.

AEP 611: Water use and recycling from agricultural processing plants

Conservation technologies for water use and waste water treatment.

AEP 612: Occupational safety management (exposure to chemicals)

Occupational hazards and exposure; situational analysis; firms and decanting of
pesticides; safe use of agro
chemicals; per
sonal protective equipment; disposal of
obsolete materials; poisons; toxicity; mitigation, management and awareness;
workplace audit; legislation and policies.

ACP 607:
Biometrics for Agricultural Sciences

Review of descriptive statistics and basic infere
nce; overview of sampling concepts:
simple random sampling and proportions sampling; concept of power and sample
size determination; principles of experimental design: randomization, replication,
error control. Modelling: translating study designs into sta
tistical models considering
both treatment and blocking structure; assumptions underlying a model; apprpaches
to model fitting; correct handling of continuous and factor explanatory variables;
interpretation of coefficients and model output; logistic regre
ssion as an example of a
generalized linear model. Principles of survey and questionnaire design.

AEP 613: Economics of environment and resource management

(To be described).

ACP 610: Entrepreneurship and business skills

The entrepreneurship perspectiv
e: nature and importance of entrepreneurship,
entrepreneurial opportunities: creating and starting a venture: creativity and business
idea, legal issues for Entrepreneurs, the business plan; financing the new venture;
sources of capital, informal risk capi
tal and venture capital; managing growing and
ending the new venture; new venture expansion strategies and issues, going public,
ending the venture; records in business management.

AEP 614: Landscape design, engineering and management (damp sites)

(to be

AEP 615: Urban agriculture, food safety and public health (to be described).

AEP 616: Project

In consultation with their supervisors candidates will choose a topic from the field of
study for their research. Before embarking on research, the s
tudents will be required
to prepare a proposal which will be approved by the department. At the end of the
research, they will write a project and submit it for examination.