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The Dean, SAED Prof. Bernard Njehia (in tie) with ABI-ORGANIC AGRICULTURE team ; from right , Mr. & Mrs. Ahtur Ammi, Ms. Ann , Ms. Daniella and SAED staff (from left to 3rd left) Dr. Korir, Dr. Samita & Dr. Muui during a courtesy call to Dean, SAED on 23 rd October,2019, during the KUBRIC conference.
SAED’S members of staff presents a gift to SAED’s former Dean Prof. Waceke Wanjohi and her family during an Appreciation Ceremony on 4th October, 2019 in her honor for having served the School as the Dean for eight years (2011-2018)
SAED’s members of staff, former Dean, SAED Prof. Waceke Wanjohi, her family members and friends in a group photo during an appreciation Ceremony on 4th October 2019 held in her honor, having served the School of Agriculture as the Dean for eight years (2011-2018)
The Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University, Prof. Paul Wainaina (center), H.E the Deputy Governor, Kitui County Dr. Gideon Wanthe Nzau (right) and Donkey Project Principal Investigator Dr. Purity Nguhiu goes through Brook East Africa Banner during the project’s inauguration Ceremony at Kitui Campus on 26th September,2019. The Donkey Project is being implemented by Kenyatta University’s SAED in partnership with Brook East Africa.
Permanent Secretary, State Department of Crop Development and Agricultural Research , Prof. Hamadi Boga addressing SAED staff and Postgraduate students during the inaugural Distinguished and Expert Seminar Series (DESS) on 23rd September, 2019 at BSSC. The seminar theme was on “Strategic Agricultural for Kenya’s Development Agenda”.

Agricultural Economics



The Department of Agricultural Economics is one of the three departments in the newly created School of Agriculture and Enterprise Development (SAED). The Department currently offers a well-designed Bachelor of Science (Agribusiness Management) degree to students being for careers in management related to agriculture, food, agribusiness, trade, rural and allied sectors of the economy. The program is superior to agribusiness management programs elsewhere in that it is firmly rooted in a “management” culture and proficiency as opposed to either technical or economic – based backgrounds and cultures, unlike in other programs.
Agribusiness careers can cross into a multitude of industries as well, including farming, retail marketing, food processing and investments, just to name a few. Some of the most common career options available include:

      • Farm appraiser - assesses the value of a farm, its employees and facilities
      • Agricultural policy analyst - develops and analyzes policies that affect agricultural businesses
      • Farm manager - manages daily operations of a farm, including crops and livestock
      • Crop producer - grows grains, field crops, vegetables, fruits, nuts and more
      • Grain and livestock trader - buys supplies of grains, seeds and cattle for a farm's operations
      • Market analyst - analyzes the financial condition of the agribusiness economic market
      • Financer - provides financial assistance for agribusiness, such as matching crop suppliers with farms
      • Quality controller - focuses on improving the output and quality of a farm's production
      • Marketing head - leads marketing strategy for a farm; builds awareness and buzz

The Department offers two Master of Science and two PhD Programs in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics. (Check Programmes Tab)

The Department is located on the Third floor of the new Arts Complex (Christened the ‘twin towers’) next to the computer centre and the students’ centre. Our office number is AC Room 3025.



The Department offers the following programmes:

Undergraduate Programmes

 Postgraduate Programmes

Research Activities

Research Activities

Academic members of staff engage in a number of research activities covering the following broad themes:-

      • Agribusiness Supply/Value Chain Analysis and Management
      • Agricultural marketing
      • Agricultural Policy Analysis
      • Livestock Economics
      • Collective marketing
      • Market Innovations
      • Regional and International Agricultural Trade

Members of staff in the Department have won competitive Research grants from the following organizations among others:-

      • IFPRI 2020 Vision Network for East Africa – to carry out research on “The Role of Infrastructure and Government Policies in Influencing the Efficiency of the Maize Marketing System in Kenya”.
      • SIDA – to carry out research on “The millennium Development Goals and the African Food Crisis”.
      • EU-EDULINK – to write a regional Ph.D. program on Agricultural and Rural Innovation Studies (ARIS).
      • SIDA – to carry out research on “Food Distribution within Family Based Networks.”
      • SIDA-SAREC VicRes initiative – to carry out research on “An Investigation into the Poverty-Environmental Degradation Nexus: A Case Study of Selected Watersheds in the Lake Victoria Basin.”
      • HAAGRIM: Involves exchange of staff and students for capacity building in Agriculture

Future Plans

Future Plans

The Department is developing PhD Course-work curricula for applicants without prior exposure and mainstream training in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and to improve on the general competency of our Ph.D training. The areas of specialization will be as indicated above for the respective programs. Curricula for two undergraduate programs undergoing review to be ready for launching in September 2015

BSc. Agricultural Economics
The BSc program is aimed at producing well-rounded agricultural Economists who can

      • Examine data to determine patterns and trends in economic activity
      • Conduct research to collect data and market samples
      • Use the predictions obtained from their research to inform, influence, and improve the business decisions of clients and agricultural organizations.
      • Determine market indicators like farm income and food prices
      • Communicate their findings at seminars and conferences to encourage further research

Trainees will study many areas, such as:

      • Natural resource management
      • Agricultural policy
      • Food science
      • Farm credit
      • Agricultural marketing systems
      • Commodity exchanges

Diploma in Agriculture and Food Marketing

Other plans include strengthening and expanding our links/partnerships with Agribusiness institutions and firms. We already have in place a fruitful collaboration with local agribusiness and research companies.
The Department is expanding its network and already tapping the opportunities in the provision of technical training in Agribusiness Management.


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