Dr. Jonathan Mutonyi

Name: Dr. Jonathan Mutonyi

Dean, Faculty of Science

Contact details:

E-mail: jmutonyi@kibu.ac.ke

Website: kibu.ac.ke

Academic Qualification

Institution [ Date from – to ]Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:
University of Nairobi, Kenya, 2010-2014PhD (Agronomy)
University of Nairobi, Kenya, 2004-2006MSc (Agronomy)
University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1987-1990BSc (Agriculture)
Kaha Training Institute, Egypt, 2009Diploma (Safe Handling of Crop Protection Products)
Galilee International Management Institute, Israel, 2007Diploma (Crop & Water Management)
Moi University, Kenya, 2006Certificate (Computer Skills Development)
Robert Antoine Sugar Industry Training Institute (RASITC), Mauritius, 1999Certificate (Sugarcane Agronomy)

Field of Specialization

  • Crop Science/Agronomy

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member No. 1060 International Society of Sugarcane Technologists (ISSCT)
  • Member No. 410 East African Society of Sugarcane Technologists (EASSCT)
  • Member No. 02/212 Kenya Society of Sugarcane Technologists (KSSCT)
  • Member No. 0471 Professional Trainers Association of Kenya (PTAK)

Work Experience

Date from toInstitution, Location (City, Country)Person Responsible ToPositionResponsibilities/Duties
2019-to-dateKibabii University, Bungoma, KenyaCoD, Agriculture and Veterinary SciencesLecturer
  • To prepare course outlines, teach and evaluate students in recommended courses within the University Academic Curriculum.
  • To carry out relevant research and technology transfer
  • To publish research work findings in Peer reviewed journals

Key Achievement:

  • Taught and evaluated students in the following Courses: SAB 235/SAB 336: Perennial Crops, ACR 222: Annual Crops, SAB 233: Pasture and Fodder Crops, SAB 332: Crop Protection, SAB 333: Crop Physiology, 415: Soil and Water Conservation;
  • Participated in Curriculum Development for MSc (Crop Protection) and PhD (Crop Protection) programs for CUE approval; Attended and actively participated in Faculty Board Meetings and Conferences
2019Kabarak University, Nakuru, KenyaHoD, Education ScienceLecturer
  • To prepare course outlines, teach and evaluate students in recommended courses within the University Academic Curriculum.
  • To carry out relevant research and technology transfer
  • To publish research work findings in Peer reviewed journals

Key Achievement:

  • Taught and evaluated students in the following Courses: AGRI 411: Farm Structures, Crop Processing and Storage, AGRI 410: Animal Genetics and Breeding, AGRI 321: Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition, AGRI 324: Animal Behaviour
    Attended and participated in Faculty Board Meetings and Education Conferences.
2015-to-dateMasinde Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, KenyaCoD, Agriculture and Veterinary SciencesPart-Time Lecturer
  • To prepare course outlines, teach and evaluate students in recommended courses within the University Academic Curriculum.
  • To carry out relevant research and technology transfer
  • To publish research work findings in Peer reviewed journals

Key Achievement:

  • Taught and evaluated students in the following Courses: SUT 211/IPT 310: Agronomy of sugar crops, APR 100: Introduction to Agricultural Processing Technology, IAB 430: Seed Science and Technology, SUT 322: Waste Management in Sugar Industries, APR 411: Wood and Pulp Processing, APR 412: Plant Fibre Extraction Technology
    Attended and participated in Faculty Board Meetings.
2005-2018Mumias Sugar Company Limited, KenyaHead of AgricultureAgronomist
  • To plan, research and recommend cost effective technologies for sugarcane production
  • Manage the sugarcane variety and seed cane development, sugarcane nutrition management, sugarcane pest management, weather monitoring, agricultural data collation and analysis programs
  • Agronomy Section budget preparation and cost management
  • Agronomy staff administration

Key Achievement:

  • Introduction of Potassium and agricultural lime in sugarcane fertilization at Mumias
1993-2005Nzoia Sugar Company Limited, KenyaAgriculture ManagerAgronomist
  • To plan, research and recommend cost effective technologies for sugarcane production
  • Manage the sugarcane variety and seed cane development, sugarcane nutrition management, sugarcane pest management, weather monitoring, agricultural data collation and analysis programs
  • Agronomy Section budget preparation and cost management
  • Agronomy staff administration

Key Achievement:

  • Introduction of soybean intercropping with sugarcane, evaluation of Seed-Co. Maize hybrids from Zimbabwe for commercial cultivation in Kenya

Professional Research Interest

  • As a qualified Agronomist and Practicing Lecturer, I possess the knowledge and skills to plan, teach and evaluate students in recommended courses within the University Academic Curriculum. I am also capable of conducting research and make informed decisions with regard to agricultural production and its impact on social-economic activity in Kenya. This is evidenced by Publication of my work in Peer Refereed Journals and Presentations at local and international conferences. The areas of work I have been involved include, Full Time Lecturing at Kibabii University, Faculty of Science, Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences and Part Time at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology’s School of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology and in the last four years. I have previously researched and recommended cost-effective technologies for sugarcane yield and productivity improvement in the sugar zone of western Kenya. I have also conducted field surveys and documentation on the occurrence of Yellow aphid (Sifa flava) in sugarcane I have widely traveled and gained hands on experience in agricultural management from countries like Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Israel, Mauritius, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom, U.S.A and Zimbabwe. I hold current membership with the Kenya, East Africa and International Societies of Sugarcane Technologists and the Professional Trainers Association of Kenya (PTAK). I seek to work productively in an institution that provides a supporting and challenging environment for its employees while developing them career wise. I aspire to be a Career Scientist involved in Agricultural Research and Technology transfer.

Research Experience and Funds Attracted

YearPosition in ProjectResponsibilities/DutiesResearch/Project TitleAmount (?, €, $, KES)
2020Team MemberField Experimentation and Agronomic SurveysManagement Strategies for Enhancement of The Dairy Value Chain in Kakamega CountyTBD
2011-2013Collaborator RepresentativeField Agronomic Surveys and Data CollectionDiagnostic Survey of Constraints Leading to Yield Decline in the Mumias Sugarcane Scheme
(A Collaborative Project by KARI-KESREF-MSC)
KES 4 m

Consultancy

YearPosition in Consultancy TeamResponsibilities/DutiesConsultancy/Project TitleAmount (?, €, $, KES)
2015Team MemberPreparation of the Agricultural Business ModelBusiness Model Study for the Galana Kulalu Food Security Project (GKFSP) in Kenya by Dunberry Consultants Ltd. 

Selected Publications 2015-2018: Books and Book Chapters

  • Work in Progress – a Textbook on the Sugar Industry in Kenya-Perspectives on Sugarcane Yield and Productivity Improvement

Selected Publications 2015-2018: Scientific Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  1. Mutonyi, J and Khaemba, M (2020). Evaluation of Early Maturing Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) Varieties in Mumias, Western Kenya. In press
  2. Mutonyi, J and Babikha, SJ (2019). The Occurrence of sugarcane yellow aphid (Sifa flava (Homoptera: Aphididae), in Kakamega North Sub-County, Kenya: IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science (IOSR-JAVS) e-ISSN: 2319-2380, p-ISSN: 2319-2372. Volume 12, Issue 6 Ser. II (June 2019), PP 34-38 www.iosrjournals.org
  3. Mutonyi, J and Muturi, S (2019). What Do Data on Dry Bulk Density (BD) and Porosity (P) tell about the Quality of Soils in the Mumias Sugar Zone, Western Kenya? IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science (IOSR-JAVS) e-ISSN: 2319-2380, p-ISSN: 2319-2372. Volume 12, Issue 3 Ser. III (March 2019), PP 12-20 www.iosrjournals.org
  4. Mutonyi J and Nyongesa HW (2016). Incidence and Prevalence of Ratoon Stunting Disease (Leifsonia Xyli Subsp. Xyli, Evtushenko) in the Mumias Sugar Cane Growing Zone, Kenya. IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science (IOSR-JAVS) e-ISSN: 2319-2380, p-ISSN: 2319-2372. Volume 9, Issue 11 Ser. II (Nov. 2016), PP 28-31 www.iosrjournals.org