School of Agriculture,Enviroment,Water and Natural Resources

thomas akujaDegrees Awarded

  • [PhD], [Ben Gurion University, Israel], [2001]
  • [M.Sc (Agronmy)], [University of Nairobi], [1996]
  • [B.Sc (Agriculture)], [University of Nairobi], [1990]

Current Professional/Scientific Interests, Memberships, and Activities:

  • Institute of Directors of Kenya,
  • ATINER Greece,
  • TDPK

Research, Scholarly, Professional and Scientific Activities

  1. T. Akuja, K.G. Godonu, T. Kraaij, M. Mwangi, I. Oguzoglu, E. Zaady. (2002). Comparison of soil characteristics between crusted outside and subcanopy areas of four dominant shrubs in the Negev Highlands, International Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2002, 3: 162-169
  2. Akuja, T.E., Akundabweni, L.S. and Chweya, J.A. (2003). Effect of intercropping finger millet (Eleusine coracana L.) with two indigenous edible legumes at different nitrogen levels in Kabete and Njoro, Kenya, 2003. East African Journal of Rural Development, 9: 81-89
  3. Akuja, T.E., Zaady, E., Avni, Y. and Gutterman, Y.(2003). Effects of soil erosion on salinity, erosion and biodiversity. Greening the Brown “Progress and Prospects”, (Eds. E.M. Njoka, M. Kinyua & R. Mwangi), pp. 121-133.
  4. Akuja, T.E. (2004). Long-term effect of intensive irrigated agriculture on dryland soil quality within the vicinity of Thymelea hirsuta shrubs in the Negev Highlands,  Egerton Journal of Science & Technology, 5(1): 1-5
  5. Akuja, T.E. and Zaady, E. (2005). Effect of soil erosion on the biodiversity of soil crust within the Ziporim basin of Israel, 2004, International Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, 5: 1-5
  6. Akuja, T.E., Zaady, E., Gutterman, Y and Ward, D. (2005). Effects of soil erosion and land use on soil quality in the semi-arid Negev Desert of Israel, 2005, East African Journal of Life Sciences 5(2): 67-74
  7. Ashiono, G.B., Gatwiku, S., Mwangi, P. and Akuja, T.E. (2005). Effect of Nitrogen and Phosphorus Application on Growth and Yield of Dual-Purpose Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L) Moench), E1291, in the Dry Highlands of Kenya, 2005, Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 4(4): 379-382
  8. Ashiono, G.B., Kitilit, J.K., K.R.G. Irungu, T.E. Akuja and Changwony, K. (2005). Nutrient Characteristics of Six Sorghum (Sorghum bicolour (L) Moench) Genotypes Across Different Ecozones, Journal of Agronomy, 4(4): 273-276
  9. Ashiono, G.B., Ouda, J.O., Akuja, T.E., Kitilit, J.K., Irungu, K.R.G. and S. Gatwiku (2006). Effect of potato vines and sorghum silage on cattle milk productivity, 2006, Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 5(1): 81-84
  10. Ebei, P.A., Gufu, O. and Akuja, T.E. (2008).  Re-evaluation of long-term trends of drought early warning pastoral production indicators in Turkana District, Kenya 1987-2004, 2008, Droughts: Effects, Causes and Predictions (Ed. J. M. Sanchez), Chapter 3:103-138
  11. Mwangi, H.G., Akuja, T.E., Kamwaga, J.N., Njuguna, M.N. and Nafuma, L.S.  (2008). Soil Profile Based Tillage Practices for Wheat Production in the Central Rift Valley area of Kenya, Journal of Applied Biosciences, Vol. 11: 570-575
  12. Kamithi, D.K., Kibe, A.M. and Akuja, T.E. (2009). Effects of nitrogen fertilizer application and plant population density on growth, yield and harvest index (HI) of Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) under dryland conditions, Kenya, Journal of Applied Bioscieces,  Vol. 22: 1359-1367
  13. Akuja, T.E., Mutua, B.M., Guliye, A.Y., Gichaba, C.M. Ngigi, M.W. Karachi, M. and Abdulrazak, S.A. (2009). Trends and Current Status of Indigenous Knowledge among the Inhabitants of the Turkwel Riverine, Turkana District, Kenya, Indilinga (African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge System), Vol. 8(2):209-217
  14. Njuguna M. N, Munene M, Mwangi H.G, Waweru J.K and Akuja T.E. (2010). Effect of seeding rate and nitrogen fertilizer on wheat grain yield in marginal areas of eastern Kenya, Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, Vol 7 (3): 834 – 840)
  15. Akuja T.E.,  Ngigi  M.W., Gichaba C.M.,  Guliye A.Y.,  Mutua B.M., Abdulrazak S.A. and Karachi  M. (2010). Optimization of Turkwel river water resources for improved sustainable livelihoods: A socio-economic approach, Journal of Applied Bioscieces, 35:2310-2324  
  16. Achonga, B.O., Lagat, J.K. and Akuja, T.E (2011). The diversity of crop and livestock enterprises among agrobiodiversity farmer field schools (ABD-FFS) and Non- agrobiodiversity field schools (Non-ABD-FFS) households in Bondo District, Kenya,  Journal of Applied Biosciences (In press)
  17. Akuja, T.E.  (2011).  Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use for Enhanced Food Security, a Teaching  Manual (EdS. Mungai, N.W.). Tonaz Limited Publishers. Nairobi (In Press).  Book Chapter/Module  2: 7-16
  18. Njuguna M.N., Macharia M., Akuja T.E. and Kamwaga, J.N.  (2011). Effect of Foliar Fertilization on Wheat (Triticum aestivum (L)) in Marginal Areas of Eastern Province, Kenya, Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences, 9: 1161- 1182
  19. Achonga, B.O., Akuja, T.E and Lagat, J.K.  (2011).The impact of crop and livestock enterprise diversity on household food security and farm income among agro-biodiversity farmer field schools (ABD-FFS) and non- agro-biodiversity field schools (Non-ABD-FFS) households in Bondo District, Kenya, Trends in Agricultural Economics (In press)
  20. Achonga, B.O., Akuja, T.E and Lagat, J.K.  (2011). The Determination Of Optimum Farm Enterprise Mix For Agro-Biodiversity Farmer Field School Households in Bondo District, Kenya, AfJARE (In Press)
  21. Akuja, T. (2012). Book Title (2013): Desertification and Agro-ecosystems. Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN: 978-3-8473-1624. Pp.117
  22. Ouma, J.P., Akuja, T.E, (2013). Agronomic and Morphological Performance of Sorghum Collections for the Dry Highlands of Kenya, Journal of Applied Biosciences, Volume 63: 4720 – 4726
  23. Kimatu, J.N., Josphert N. Kimatu1,WincasterM. Mutuli1, Jane W. Mbiri1, BenardMweu,  Nahashon Musimba, Thomas Akuja, Simon Nguluu (2015). The dynamics of physical properties, seed moisture content, market economics and post harvest management of six bean varieties (Phaseolus vulgaris) grown in the sub Saharan region in Africa
  24. Nguluu, S.N.,  Karanja, J. , Kimatu J.N, , Gicheru, P.T., Musimba, N. ,  Njiru, E. , Kathuli, P.3, Nzioki, H. 3,  Akuja, T..,  Muli, B.K., Nzombe, N.N. (2015). Refining Dryland Farming Systems as a Means of Enhancing Agrodiversity and Food Security in Eastern Kenya
  25. Mulinge W. K., Kimiti J. M., Muasya R.M. and Akuja T.E (2015).
  26. Mkandawire , F.L., Akuja, T.E., Njoka, E.M. and Obura, R.K.  (2015).  Effect of Planting Systems on the Growth and Yield of Bambara Nut (Vigna Subterranean l. Verdic) Intercropped with Maize (Zea Mays l.)", In Proceedings of 8th Annual International Symposium on Agriculture, 13-16 July, Athens, Greece
  27. Mutuku, M.M., Nguluu, S.N., Akuja, T.E. and Bernard P. (2016).  Factors Affecting Adoption of Soil and Water Management Practices in Machakos County, Kenya. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Food and Agricultural Engineering, held on 11-13, May,  2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  28. Benard M. Mweu, Thomas E. Akuja and Mary W. Mburu (2016). Performance of six pearl millet (Pennisetum Glaucum (L.)R.Br) varieties in the semi – arid Kitui County of Kenya,  International Journal of Agricultural Research and Review: ISSN-2360-7971, Vol. 4(3): pp 514-521.
  29. Benard M. Mweu, Thomas E. Akuja and Mary W. Mburu (2016). Yield components of six pearl millet (Pennisetum Glaucum (L.)R.Br) varieties in the arid South Eastern part of Kenya, International Journal of Soil and Crop Science, Vol. 4(3): pp 098-107
  30. Benard M. Mweu, Thomas E. Akuja and Mary W. Mburu (2016). Effect of environmental conditions on plant height and harvest index of Pearl Millet varieties in Kenya. International Journal of Soil and Crop Science, Vol. 4(4): pp 108-116  
  31. M. Mutua-Mutuku1*, S.N. Nguluu2, T. Akuja2, M. Lutta3, P. Bernard (2017). Factors that influence adoption of integrated soil fertility and water management practices by smallholder farmers in the semi-arid areas of Eastern Kenya, Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 20 (2017): 141 - 153


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