iCB Innovation Research Projects funded by AFRICA-ai-JAPAN Project 2014-2023

Project Title Researchers
JFY 2022/2023  
Protein and Energy (fat) from Nonfood Grade Potatoes and Waste from Food Grade Processing Dr. Mathew Gicheha, Dr. John N. Mburu
Fatty Acid Profiles of Edible Fats and Oils in Kenya, and the Effects of Heating on their Trans-fat Content Prof. Arnold Onyango, Kevin Aduol
Farmer Preferences and Willingness to Pay for Certified Seed Cane in Kenya: A Choice Experiment Approach Dr. Antony Sije, Boniface Kioko
In Vitro Regeneration of Red Pitahaya (Hylocerus Polyrhizus) through Direct Organogenesis and Callus Induction from Stem Explants for Mass Propagation Dr. Cecilia M. Mweu, Susan Kimwele
Screening, Characterization, and Biosynthesis of Polyhydroxyalkanoates by Bacteria Isolated from Soda Lakes in Kenya Utilizing Fruit Wastes Feedstock Prof. Justus M. Onguso, Martin Muigano
Fingerprinting and Biomarking of Kenyan Honey using 1H NMR Spectroscopy and Chemometric Evaluation; Towards Future Authentication and Branding of Kenyan Honey Dr. Michael Wawire, Christine Ngichiri
Development and Validation of a Microgreens Production System for Enhanced Nutritional and Phytochemical Quality Prof. John M. Wesonga, Ruth N. Maru
Finger Millet Intensification System for Enhanced Yield and Nutritional Quality Dr. Mwashasha Mwajita, Zacheaus Kajiita
Profiling Microbe-induced Tolerance to Phytophthora Blight and Phyto-accumulation in Carica Papaya Hybrids Dr. Agnes Kavoo, Jacinta W. Muiruri
Efficacy of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) Oil in Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Dr. Ann Thuita
   
JFY 2021/2022  
Climate Smart Potato Production and Consumption for Improved Nutrition and Better Health in Kenya Prof. Daniel Sila
The Impact of Collective Action and Women Empowerment on Food Security and Nutrition among Smallholders Agricultural households in Nyandarua and Bomet Counties, Kenya Dr. Robert Mbeche, Catherine N. Maindi
Validation of the “Wrap and Plant” Technology in The Management of Globodera Spp. In Potato Dr. Lucy Kananu, Daisy Chepkoech
Emergent Landscape Character and Bird Composition of Post-quarry Sites as Surrogates for Strategic Landscape Restoration and Conservation Prof. J. B. Mukundi, Stephen W. Waringo
Development of Chitosan Nanoencapsulated Bromelain as an Oral Drug for Management of GastroIntestinal Nematodes and Coccidia in Goats Dr. John Kagira, Ahmota R. Daiba
Impact of intake of Pumpkin seed and Sorghum Rain Flour Blend on Vitamin A and Iron Status of Under-Fives in Kitui County, Kenya. Dr. Zipporah Ndung’u, Ms. Jane Gatwiri
Profiling of Disease Paradigms Affecting Coconut at Coast Region of Kenya Dr. Johnstone O. Neondo, Fatma M. Omar
Development of a Rapid and Efficient Technique of Screening Fusarium Wilt Tolerant Tissue Culture banana varieties in Kenya Prof. Elijah Ateka, Jane W. Thiiru
Performance, Nutritional Quality and Tolerance to phytophthora blight, water and heat Stress of Carica papaya Inoculated with Indigenous Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Dr. Agnes Kavoo, Jacinta W. Muiruri
Utilization through value-addition of Vitex payos (black plum/chocolate berry), an indigenous tropical tree fruit using low-cost technology for improved livelihoods in drylands of Kenya Dr. Samuel Imathiu, Cyrus G. Karanja
Effect of Substrate Amendment on Tomato Production Under Root Volume Restriction System Dr.Annah Indeche, Winnie.A Nyonge
Improving the Socio-economic Status of Dairy Goat Farmers in Kiambu, Nyeri and Meru Counties by the control of Mastitis Dr. Eucabeth Majiwa, Caren Chelangat, Ruth Kalekye
Forest Dependence and Household Food and Nutrition Security in Kenya Dr. Josiah M. Ateka
   
JFY 2020/2021  
Improving Potato productivity of potato using high quality seed potato and climate smart technologies Prof. Elijah Ateka – Profile
Distribution, population structure and uses of baobab (Adansonia digitata L) in main endemic regions of Kenya Prof. J.B. Mukundi – Profile
Kagira-Ahmota profile-JICA Nematodes and Coccidia in Goats Dr. John Kagira – Profile
Evaluation of various mechanisms for strengthening the potato value chain in Kenya Dr. Robert Mbeche – Profile
The Impact of Collective Action on Women Empowerment and Food Security and Nutrition in Kenya Dr. Robert Mbeche – Profile
Forest Dependence and Household Food and Nutrition Security in Kenya Dr. Josiah M. Ateka – Profile
Impact of intake of pumpkin and sorghum flour blend on vitamin A and iron status of under-fives in Kitui county, Kenya Dr. Zipporah Ndung’u – Profile
Utilization through value-addition of Vitex payos (black plum/chocolate berry), an indigenous tropical tree fruit using low-cost technology for improved livelihoods in drylands of Kenya Dr. Samuel Imathiu – profile
Effect of substrate amendment on tomato production under root volume restriction system Dr. Annah Indeche – Profile
   
JFY 2019/2020  
Climate smart potato production and consumption for improved nutrition and better health in Kenya Prof. Daniel Sila
Integrating livestock Production in the potato value chain for higher productivity and profitability Dr. Mathew Gicheha
The Impact of Collective Action and Women Empowerment on Food Security and Nutrition among smallholders Agricultural Households in Nyandarua and Murang’a Counties, Kenya Dr. Robert Mbeche
Evaluation of Potentially Hazardous Food Through Profiling Genomics of Food Borne Bacterial Pathogens in Perishable Food Sold in Juja Open Market Dr. Johnstone Neondo
Impact of Intake of Pumpkin Seed and Sorghum Grain Flour Blend on Vitamin A and Iron Status of Under-Fives in Kitui County, Kenya Dr. Zipporah Ndung’u
Ecological Basis for Optimising Capillary Wick Based Elevated Vegetable Gardens for Urban Food Security and Environmental Sustainability Prof. John Wesonga
Growth and Biochemical Response of Nile Tilapia and Lettuce Enhanced Aquaponic System Prof. Losenge Turoop
   
2018/2019  
National Performance Trials for the New JKUAT Papaya Hybrids Fredah K. R. Wanzala
Development of Solar Based Sterilization Unit and New Greenhouse Designs for Production of Horticultural Crops Under Capillary Wick Irrigation System Wesonga J. Mwibanda
Formulation Biofumigants Delivered in Biodegradable ‘Tea’ Bags for the Management of Root-Knot Nematodes in Tomato Lucy K. Murungi
Investigation of Suitability of Various Locally Available Lignocellulosic Agricultural Wastes as Substrates for Commercial Bag Cultivation of Shiitake (Ledodes) Mushroom in Kenya Catherine Wambui Maina
Use of Nanotechnology for Development of User-friendly Pathogen Diagnostic Probe for Smallholder Horticultural Farmers in Kenya Agnes Kavoo
Commercialization of Grafted Tomato Seedlings for Bacterial Wilt Resistance Peter Murimi Miriti
Characterization of Ralstonia Solacearum Strains in Different African Nightshade Accessions Njeri Njau
   
JFY 2017/2018  
Optimization of Water and Fertilizer Management for Capillary Wick Irrigation System Wesonga J. Mwibanda
DUS and National Performance Evaluation of new JKUAT Papaya varieties Fredah K. R. Wanzala
Management Of Bacterial Wilt (Ralstonia Solanacearum) Of Tomato by Use of Resistant Rootstock Peter M. Miriti
Enhancing food security through extensive research in Aquaponics Kenneth O. Ogila
The variations in soil microbial communities, enzyme activities and their relationships with cropping systems in Western Kenya Yoseph H. Tola
Delivering Biofumigants in Biodegradable ‘Tea’ Bags for the management of Root-Knot Nematodes in High-Tunnel Tomato Lucy K. Murungi
Efficacy of Bacillus subtilis and Trichoderma asperellum against Ralstonia solanacearum in tomatoes Martin K. Turere
Seed Treatment with Trichoderma asperellum to mitigate Biotic, Abiotic, and Physiological Stresses in Germinating seeds and seedlings of African nightshade Juma Patrick
Estimation of Water requirements for Beans (Phselous Vulgaris L.) in Semi-arid region Clifford C. Obiero
Documentation And Characterization of Eastern Kenya Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) ACCESSION AND Investigation of Their Anti-Microbial Activity Lihara M. Kidaha
   
JFY 2016/2017  
Optimization of seedling production and fertilizer management for Capillary Wick Irrigation System Wesonga J. Mwibanda
Harnessing the power of innovation for enhancing Waste management in Trans Nzoia County Netfund (Phyllis Ombonyo)
Promoting inclusion of grain amaranth in common staple diets Daniel Sila
Evaluation of JKUAT Papaya Hybrids as a Prerequisite for Registration of the New Varieties Fredah Wanzala
Effectiveness of Ethiopian indigenous rhizobia on nodulation and performance of common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in Kenyan soils Yosef H. Tola
Management Of Bacterial Wilt (Ralstonia Solanacearum) of Tomato by Use of Resistant Rootstock Peter Murimi
Entostat – an Innovative Bio-pesticide Delivery Method Juma Patrick
Effect of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi on Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Metabolism in Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum L.) Under Drought Stress Muhammad T. Abdulkareem
   
JFY 2015/2016  
Management of soil borne pathogens in tomatoes through host resistance and biological control Shiomi, Kahangi, Sing’ombe
Enhancing food security and value addition through optimization of capillary wick irrigation system for horticultural production Prof. Shiomi, Mr. Martin Mburu
In vitro multiplication and evaluation of new papaya breeds Elijah Ateka
Promoting consumption of grain amaranth to mitigate food and nutrition insecurity in Kenya Daniel Sila
Effects of sea weed powder on the physio-chemical and sensory properties of chicken sausage Erick Muraguri
Physio-chemical properties of selected bamboo varieties growing in Kenya and utilization as human food Paul Karanja
Enhancing food security through extensive research in aquaponics Robert Nesta
Characterization of nutrient and anti-nutrient profile, protein and lipid quality of cricket and cricket-based foods Dorothy Murugu
Effectiveness of Ethiopian indigenous rhizobia on nodulation and performance of common beans in western Kenya soils Yosef Hamba
   
JFY 2014/2015  
Grafting: Argo-technology used for reducing soil-borne disease damage in tomato Losenge Turoop
Alternative control of tomato bacterial wilt through bio control Losenge Turoop; Geoffrey Singombe; Shinjiro Shiomi
Authentication of indigenous rhizobium isolates in symbiotic association with common bean (Phaseols vulgaris L.) Losenge Turoop, Thuita, Yosefu Hamba
Efficient crop water utilization using the capillary wick system Wesonga John, Shinjiro Shiomi; Martin Mburu
Enhancing food security through extensive research in Aquaponics Wesonga John
Domestication and value addition of edible wild Nopal Cactus (Opuntia Spp): towards food security and increased income in Asals Daniel Sila
The impact of extrusion cooking on nutritional properties of grain Amaranthus Daniel Sila