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Prof Dorothy A. Amwata

Dean, SAES
  • Department of Agricultural Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • Murang’a University of Technology
  • P.O. Box 75-10200, Murang’a, Kenya
  • Cell phone: + 254 721-599870


A technical expert with specialised in rangeland resources management and ecology with a bias towards productivity and use efficiency, livestock production systems, agro-ecosystems, ecosystem assessments, agriculture and food security, rangeland and natural resource policy and  ecosystem monitoring and evaluation. Researched and worked for 18 years on climate change adaptation and mitigation in agriculture including livestock, climate change (adaptation, resilience and mitigation), monitoring and evaluation of projects, project appraisal, and planning, management and implementation. Carried out consultancies on climate change, desertification, sustainable rural livelihoods, resource use conflicts and management agriculture and food security, environment and natural resource management including gender lens. Previously worked at Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) Tunis as Research for Development Officer and Kenya Wildlife Service (Research Scientist). I am also an Ecosystem Expert Analyst with Global Climate Adaptation Partnership (GCAP).


  • Ph.D. in Rangeland Resource Management, Department of Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), University of Nairobi, 2013. The PhD thesis on “Influence of Climate Variability and Change on Land use and Livelihoods in Southern Rangelands of Kenya”.
  • Master of Science in Range Management, University of Nairobi, 2001-2004: Course work (Grade A); Thesis on: “Effects of communal and individual land tenure systems on land-use and food security in Kajiado District, Kenya”.
  • Bachelor of Science (Rangeland Resource Management) Degree, (Upper Second Honours), University of Nairobi: 1996-2000.


  • N'dakpaze Gno-Solim Ela, Daniel Olago, Amwata Dorothy Akinyi, Henri E.Z. Tonnang,
  • Assessment of the effects of climate change on the occurrence of tomato invasive insect pests in Uganda (2023). Heliyon, 9(2), 2023, e13702, ISSN 2405-8440,
  • Irungu, R.W., Amwata, D.A. and Njoroge, J.M. (2022).Stakeholders’ role in the adoption of green practices among star rated hotels along coastal Kenya: partnerships and collaborations. International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Management Research, ISSN: 2456-3676, 7 (4) 68-79.› pdf › IJAEMR_525/.
  • Simiyu, A. M., Gichaba, C. M., Amwata, D. A. and Opere, A. (2022). Factors influencing availability and conservation of green water for sustainable agricultural production and livelihoods in drylands of Kenya. Journal of Dryland Agriculture, 8(1):1-12.
  • Amwata, D. and Nyariki, D.M. (2022). Causes of Household Vulnerability to Food Insecurity in Semi-Arid Kenya: Application of a Stationary. Stochastic Model. Journal of Agricultural Science and Food Research, 14:134.
  • Amwata, D.A. and Nyariki, D.M. (2022). Total Economic Value of four selected counties in Northern and southern Rangelands: A comparative study. Submitted to Journal of Eastern Africa Studies (Under review).