Prof. Alexander. K. KAHI (Dr. sc. agr.)

Prof. Alexander. K. KAHI (Dr. sc. agr.),

Professor of Animal Breeding and Genomics

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)

P. O. Box 536, 20115 Egerton, Kenya

Tel: +254 51 221 7684+254 51 221 7684 /5

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EDUCATION

1996-2000

Doctor of Agricultural Sciences (Dr. sc. agr.)

University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

1992-1995

Master of Science in Animal Production (Animal Breeding option)

Egerton University, Egerton. Kenya

1988-1992

Bachelor of Science in Animal Production

Egerton University, Egerton. Kenya

FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

Animal Breeding and Genomics, General Livestock Management and Production and Value Chain Development and Analysis

WORK EXPERIENCE

April  2016

 

Mar 2013

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs

Dean Faculty of Agriculture

Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

Jan 2012 – Mar 2012

Erasmus Mundus Fellow in Animal Breeding and Genetics, Animal Breeding and Genomics Centre, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Oct 2010 – present

Dean, Faculty of Agriculture.

Apr 2010 – May 2010

Visiting Professor under Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) funding, Laboratory of Animal Husbandry Resources, Division of Applied Biosciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan..

Jan 2007 – Dec 2009

Chair of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

Dec 2005 – Mar 2013

Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

Jun 2005 – Oct 2005

Consultant, ILRI-Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) project

Nov 2004 – Nov 2006

Postdoctoral Research Scientist under Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), Kyoto University, Japan.

Feb 2004 - present

Consulting Scientist, Livestock Recording Centre (Naivasha), Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries Development, Kenya.

Mar 2002 - Sept 2002

Visiting Scientist, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

Jul 2001 – Nov 2005

Senior Lecturer, Department of Animal Sciences, Egerton University.

Mar 2001 - Jul 2001

Lecturer, Department of Animal Science, Egerton University.

Aug 2000 - Nov 2000

Consultant, ILRI's Animal Genetic Resources Project, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Nov 1999 - Dec 1999

Consultant, Applied Genetics Network, Stuttgart, Germany.

Jul 1997- Jun 2000

Graduate fellow, ILRI’s Dairy Research Project, Nairobi, Kenya..

Jan 1997 – Mar 1997

Visiting Researcher, Animal Breeding and Genetics Group, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands..

Mar 1994 – Feb 2001

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Animal Science, Egerton University.

Aug 1993 – Apr 1994

Graduate associate, ILCA, Mombasa, Kenya.

Dec 1991 – Feb 1994

Teaching assistant in the Department of Animal Science, Egerton University.

KEY RESEARCH PROJECTS

2002

Evaluation of the genetic and economic efficiency of beef cattle breeding programme for the Australian and Thailand beef industries [Funded by the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) of the University of New England, Australia].

2003

Developing breeding schemes for pasture based dairy production systems in Kenya [Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and University of Hohenheim, Germany]

2003

Productive and reproductive performance of purebred Bos taurus cattle in Egerton University Farms [Funded by Egerton University, Kenya]

2004-2006

Evaluation of advanced Japanese beef cattle breeding schemes incorporating performance testing for Blood Serum Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-I) and carcass traits [Funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): collaborating institution – Kyoto University, Japan – > ¥ 11,900,000 ~ US$ 110,000]

2005-2008

Improving the livelihoods of poor livestock keepers in Africa through community based management of indigenous farm animal genetic resources. [ILRI-BMZ-Hohenheim-Göttingen collaborative Project funded by Germany’s Bundesministerium für wirtshaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)]

2007-2009

Indigenous chicken productivity for improved livelihood in Kenya [Funded by the Kenya Government/World Bank sponsored Kenya Agricultural Productivity Project, Competitive Agricultural Research Grant System – KSh 8,250,000 ~ US$ 110,000].

2008

Phenotypic characterisation of indigenous chicken (Gallus domesticus) genetic resources in Kenya [Funded by the International Foundation of Science (IFS): Collaborating institution – KARI, Naivasha – US$ 12,000].

2009

Ultramix Mineral Supplements: Formulations for milk production and live-weight gain and source of ingredients. [Funded by Ultravetis East Africa Limited - KSh 200,000].

2008-2011

Value chains for poverty reduction in the agri-food sector - problem-based learning in higher education (VALUELEAD) [funded by the European Union through the EDULINK programme – Collaborating institution include Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany and Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Other Associate partners include the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), Kenya Dairy Board (KDB), Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – € 700,000].

2010 - 2013

Value chains for poverty reduction in the dairy sector: Problem based learning in higher education (DAIRYLEARN) [funded within the Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) programme by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by the British Council - Collaborating institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, University of Education, Ghana and University of Khartoum, Sudan. Budget UK£ 105,000].

2012 - present

Improving indigenous chicken productivity for enhanced livelihood and food security in sub-saharan Africa (INCIP)[Funded by The European Union through to the African Union Commission - Collaborating institution include University of Malawi, Malawi and Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Other Associate partners include the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Ministry of Livestock Development of Kenya and Department of Agriculture Research Services and Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development of Malawi – € 1,041,578].

2012 - present

Trilateral partnership for food security. Funded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA/USAID) (USINKE). [Collaborating institution Punjab Agricultural University and Ohio State University - $800,000].

2012 - present

Building capacity to deliver competent graduates for enhanced competitiveness in the dairy value chain (DAIRYTRAIN) [Funded through the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education –Collaborating institutions include the Dairy Training Institute, Naivasha, Kenya, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, Aeres Group, The Netherlands and SNV Kenya – € 1,293,760].

2013 - present

Strengthening capacity of higher education institutions in Eastern and Western Africa to enhance efficiency in the dairy value chain (DAIRYCHAIN) [funded by the European Union through the EDULINK II programme - Collaborating institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and University of Education, Ghana Budget € 693,767].

2012 - present

Capacity building for improving dairy and horticulture programmes to meet the requirements of the labour market and to contribute to food security and the commercialization of the sector. [Funded through the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education –Collaborating institutions include QPoint B. V., HAS Den Bosch, University of Applied Sciences, DLV Plant BV and University of Nijmegen– € 750,000]

2010 - 2013

Value chains for poverty reduction in the dairy sector: Problem based learning in higher education (DAIRYLEARN) [funded within the Development Partnerships in Higher Education (DelPHE) programme by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by the British Council - Collaborating institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, University of Education, Ghana and University of Khartoum, Sudan. Budget UK£ 105,000].

2011 - present

Development of breeding schemes for indigenous chicken for improved livelihood in Kenya [Funded by Koepon Foundation and Wageningen University - € 110,804].

2012 - present

Designing systems to support genetic improvement of dairy cattle in the tropics [Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Collaborating institutions - University of Hohenheim, Germany > € 40,000]

2013 - present

Optimization of breeding schemes for nile tilapia (O. niloticus) in smallholder production systems in Kenya [Candidate registered at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Funded by Koepon Foundation and Wageningen University - € 110,804].

2013 - present

Strengthening capacity for participatory management of indigenous livestock to foster agricultural innovation in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa (ILINOVA) [to be funded by the European Union through the S&T II - Collaborating institutions include Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural, Malawi Budget € 1,234,805.15].

 

RECENT SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

 

1

Bett, H. K., K.J. Peters, J.K. Lagat, A.K. Kahi and W. Bokelmann. 2012. Linking utilisation and conservation of indigenous chicken genetic resources to value chains. Journal of Animal Production Advances 2: 33-51.

2

Okeno, T. O., A. K. Kahi and K. J. Peters. 2012. Characterization of indigenous chicken production systems in Kenya. Tropical Animal Health and Production 44: 601-608.

3

Magothe, T. M., T. O. Okeno, W.B. Muhuyi and A.K. Kahi. 2012. Indigenous chicken production in Kenya: I. Current status. World’s Poultry Science Journal 68: 119-132.

4

Magothe, T. M., T. O. Okeno, W.B. Muhuyi and A.K. Kahi. 2012. Indigenous chicken production in Kenya: II. Prospects for research and development. World’s Poultry Science Journal 68: 133-144.

5

Okeno, T. O., T. M. Magothe, A. K. Kahi and J.K. Peters. 2012. Application of risk-rated profit model functions in estimation of economic values of indigenous chicken breeding. Tropical Animal Health and Production 44:12791287.

6

Ilatsia, E. D., R. Roessler, A.K. Kahi, H-P. Piepho, A. Valle Zárate. 2012. Production objectives and breeding goals of Sahiwal cattle keepers in Kenya and implications for a breeding programme. Tropical Animal Health and Production 44: 519-530.

7

Bett, R.C., M. G. Gicheha, I.S. Kosgey, A. K. Kahi and K.J. Peters. 2012. Economic values for disease resistance traits in dairy goat production systems in Kenya. Small Ruminant Research 102: 135 – 141.

8

Bett, R.C., A. M. Okeyo, I. S. Kosgey, A. K. Kahi and K J Peters. 2012. Evaluation of alternative selection objectives and schemes for optimisation of village goat improvement programs. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 24, Article #14. Retrieved March 15, 2013, from http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd24/1/bett24014.htm.

9

Okeno, T. O., A.K. Kahi and J.K. Peters. 2012. Household flock structure, dynamics and breeding practices of indigenous chicken production systems in Kenya. East African Agricultural and Forestry Journal 76: 53-59.

10

Okeno, T. O., A. K. Kahi and K.J. Peter. 2013. Evaluation of breeding objectives for purebred and crossbred selection schemes for adoption in indigenous chicken breeding programme. British Poultry Science 54: 62-75.

11

Okeno, T.O., T. M., Magothe, A. K. Kahi and Peters, K. J. 2013. Breeding objectives for indigenous chicken: Model development and application to different production systems. Tropical Animal Health and Production 45, 193-203.

12

Oyieng E P, H. K. Charo, A. K. Kahi and J. M. K. Ojango. 2013. Characterization of fish production and marketing practices under smallholder fish farming systems of Eastern Kenya. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 25, Article #32. http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd25/2/oyie25032.htm.

13

Muasya T.K., K. J. Peters and A. K. Kahi. 2013. Breeding structure and genetic variability of the Holstein Friesian dairy cattle population in Kenya. Animal Genetic Resources. doi:10.1017/S2078633613000039.

14

Bett, R.C., I.S. Kosgey, A. K. Kahi and K.J. Peters. 2013. Incorporation of risk and producer’s preferences in the definition of breeding objectives for dairy goats in the smallholder production systems. Small Ruminant Research (in press).

15

Ngeno, K., B.O. Bebe and A. K. Kahi. 2013. Genetic evaluation of growth traits in ecotypes of Kenyan indigenous chicken. Family Poultry (in press).

16

Mbuku, S. M., I.S. Kosgey and A. K. Kahi. 2013. Management strategies for small ruminants among pastoral communities in semi-arid Kenya: do they lead to genetic progress? Tropical Animal Health and Production (in press).

17

Ngeno, K., T. M. Magothe, T. O. Okeno, B. O. Bebe and A. K. Kahi. 2013. Growth parameters of indigenous chicken populations reared intensively in Kenya. Egerton Journal (in press).

18

Ngeno, K., T. M. Magothe, T. O. Okeno, B. O. Bebe and A. K. Kahi. 2013. Heritabilities and correlations of growth curve parameters of indigenous chicken populations reared intensively in Kenya. International Journal of Poultry Science (in press).

19

Kahi, A. K., C. B. Wasike and R. C. Bett. 2013. Goat breeding in low input production systems: Integrating values and modern breeding technologies for improving intrinsic robustness. Small Ruminant Research (in press).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Genetic and economic aspects of breeding indigenous animal genetic resources, genetic improvement, breeding objectives, computer simulation, genetic evaluation, experimental and observational quantitative genetics, genomics, health and disease resistance, value chains analysis and development