Prof. Solomon Igosangwa Shibairo

Name: Prof. Solomon Igosangwa Shibairo

DVC (Academics and Students Affairs)

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Academic Qualification

Institution [ Date from – to ]Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:
University of British Columbia, Canada. 1996PhD (Plant Science)
The university of Nairobi, Kenya. 1989MSc. (Agronomy)
The University of Nairobi, Kenya. 1985BSc (Agriculture)

Field of Specialization


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of Kenya National Academy of Sciences (KNAS). Nairobi Kenya
  • Member of The Food Science and Technology Platform of Kenya. Nairobi. kenya
  • Member of the Horticultural Society of Kenya. Kenya

Work Experience

Date from toInstitution, Location (City, Country)RankSpecialization
1989 – 2013The University of NairobiAssociate ProfessorAgronomy/Horticulture
2013 – PresentKibabii UniversityDeputy Vice ChancellorAcademics and Students Affairs

Professional Research Interest

  • Development of post harvest technologies in indigenous and traditional vegetables and fruits
  • Carrying out research in the general area of horticulture, crop production and crop physiology

Research Experience and Funds Attracted

YearPosition in ProjectResponsibilities/DutiesResearch/Project TitleAmount (?, €, $, KES)
2012-2016Principal investigator and Technical PI of the teamProviding overall leadership. Also responsible for the postharvest aspects.Cassava Post-harvest Value Addition for Improved Food and Nutrition Security and better Livelihoods in Kenya. A grant of EAAPPKsh. 48, 000, 000
2011-2015Principal InvestigatorProviding overall ledershipScreening finger millet for production and nutrient content to improve livelihoods of small–scale farmers in drought prone areas of Eastern Province of Kenya. Sponsored by RUFORUM.Kshs. 5, 303, 700
2009- 2012Co researcherIn-charge of the Mentoring Objective“Prepare PhD” A project member of an EU funded EDulink projectKsh. 22, 500, 000

Selected Publications 2015-2018: Scientific Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  1. Chemining’wa, G. N., Ngeno, J. K., Hutchinson, M. J. and S. I. Shibairo. 2018. Influence of P Fertiliser on Nodulation, Growth and Nutrient Content of Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) in Acidic Soils of South Western Kenya. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science 25(3): 1-12.
  2. Madegwa, Y., Onwonga, R., Shibairo, S., and G. Karuku. 2016. Farmer Perception and Adaptation Strategies on Climate Change in Lower Eastern Kenya: A Case of Finger Millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) Production. Journal of Agricultural Science: 8 (12): 33-40
  3. Shibairo, S.I., Madegwa, Y. M. and R. N. Onwonga. 2016. Finger millet (Eleusine corocana) production in lower Eastern, Kenya: Status, constraints and opportunities. British Journal of Applied Science and Technology. 14(6): 1-10
  4. Gacheru, P.K., ABONG’, G.O., Okoth, M.W., Lamuka, P.O., Shibairo, S. and C. M. Katama. 2015. Cyanogenic Content, Aflatoxin Level and Quality of Dried Cassava Chips and Flour Sold in Nairobi and Coastal Regions of Kenya. Current Research in Nutrition and Food Science. 3(3): 197-206.
  5. Odeny, D., Chemining’wa, G., Shibairo, S., and C. Kathurima. 2015. Sensory attributes of coffee under different shade regimes and levels of management. Food Science and Quality Management. 46: 19-26
  6. Nyende, K.O., Shibairo, S.I. and J.W. Wakhungu. 2015. Botanical composition and selective feeding by goats in the semi-arid lands of central-eastern Kenya. International Journal of Science and Research. 4 (3): 50-53.
  7. Magomere, O. T., Kahiu Ngugi; Shibairo, S.I., Mutitu E.; Obukosia, S. 2015. Real time PCR mediated occurrence of Sorghum bicolar alleles in wild sorghum populations. African Journal of Biotechnology. 14 (7): 551-568