School of Agriculture,Enviroment,Water and Natural Resources

Mutavi Silvester Kyalo

Department of Agricultural Sciences
Present position:Tutorial Fellow;Department of Agricultural Sciences

Professional Research Interests
Research in the following Fields:

  • Animal Production Systems and linkages to Environmental Sciences
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics for increased livestock production
  • Animal nutrition and advanced Feed Technology
  • Animal Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Range, Wildlife and Environment Sciences for sustainable livelihoods
  • Agricultural Resource Management and Livestock Economics.
  • Project Management and Evaluation.

Academic background

  • PhD in Animal Science – ongoing at South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) 2017
    • Specializing in Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology sciences in Ruminants
    • Interested in adoption of technological advancement for food and nutrition security
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) - 2016
    ● Agricultural Resource Management - Specializing in Livestock Production Systems.
    ● Title of the thesis: “Determinants of adoption of forage technologies among peri-urban dairy farmers in the semi-arid region of South Eastern Kenya”. M.Sc Thesis, South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) University of Nairobi, Kenya, December, 1994 Discipline – Range Management.
  • KACE (A – Level) – MCB, 3P 1S -10 Points, Machakos Boys’ School; 1989
  • KCE (O – Level) - Division 1 – 16 Points, Kabaa Boys’ High School; 1987

Professional training

  • Range Management - University of Nairobi – December 1994
  • Research proposal writing – South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) – September, 2012
  • Agricultural Resource Management (Livestock production option)– South Eastern Kenya University – March 2016
  • Animal Science - specializing in Animal nutrition and technological interventions- ongoing

Paper presented in conferences / workshops/seminars

  1. Mutavi, S.K, Kanui, T.I, Njarui, D.M.G and Karanja, T (2013). Factors affecting Adoption of Dairy and Forage Innovations in Peri-Urban Dairy productions in Eastern and Central Africa. Paper presented at ASARECA Workshop on “Harnessing Crop-Livestock integration to Enhance Food Security and Livelihoods Resilience to Effects of Climate Variability and Change in Semi-arid regions of Eastern and Central Africa 31th July 2013 to 2th August, 2013, KIE, Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. Status of Milk marketing and Processing in Kenya: Paper presented at University of Nairobi in July 1994.

Papers published

  1. Mutavi, S. K. (2016). Determinants of adoption of forage technologies among peri-urban dairy farmers in the semi-arid region of South Eastern Kenya. M.Sc Thesis, South Eastern Kenya University.
  2. Mutavi, S. K., Kanui, T. I., Njarui, D. M., Musimba, N. R. K., and Amwata, D. A. (2016). Innovativeness and adaptations: The way forward for Small scale peri-urban dairy farmers in semi-arid regions of south eastern Kenya.
  3. Mutavi, S. K., and Amwata, D. A. (2018). Constraints and Opportunities Among Small Scale Peri-Urban Dairy Farmers in the South Eastern Kenya Rangelands.


  • Online member - Nature Conservancy Network: This is a network on News, Views and Information about Science, Technology and Climate Variability and Change for sustainable livelihoods.
  • Online member – Society for Conservation Biology: Network - platform for sharing and disseminating research findings with special reference to conservation of Biodiversity, livelihoods sustainability and environmental resilience.

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