Dr. Evelyne Kihiu

Country of current residence

Kenya

Current position

Lecturer

Current institute employer

Kenyatta University

Since

2016

Professional memberships

Member of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE)

Member of the International Associoation of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

Profession

Agricultural Economist

Specialisation

Development economics

Degrees / expertise

MA Economics

African Economic Research Consortium, Collaborative Masters of Arts Programme (CMAP) in Economics,University of Botswana

2012

Mwangi, I. W. & Kihiu, E. N. 2012. Impact of Financial Literacy on Access to Financial Services in Kenya. International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 3 No. 19: 42-50.

Research themes
  • Land use and food security
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
Research countries
  • Kenya
Research topic
Economics of Land degradation: Enhancing Pastoral Practices and Institutions for Sustainable Rangeland Management and Improved Livelihoods
Research projects

Economics of Land Degradation

Professional experience

Policy Analyst : Research and Policy Analysis Department

Central Bank of Kenya

Degrees

MA Economics

African Economic Research Consortium, Collaborative Masters of Arts Programme (CMAP) in Economics,University of Botswana

Funding institutions

BMZ(DAAD); FIAT PANIS

Research partners

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI)

Thesis title

Enhancing Pastoral Practices and Institutions for Sustainable Rangeland Management and Improved Livelihoods

Thesis abstract

Pastoralism has a great potential for sustainable management of extensive rangeland areas around the world and for providing improved livelihoods for often marginalized pastoral communities. However, this potential has not been adequately utilized in national and international policies. Quite often, inappropriate policies, market failures, low and misdirected investments and promotion of unsustainable practices have led to land and soil degradation in the pastoral areas. The degradation of pastoral lands is usually quickly followed by a breakdown in social resilience and adaptive capacities, increasing the vulnerability of individuals and communities depending on the scarce rangeland resources. This study proposes to improve the knowledge on the economics of rangeland degradation through three key main inputs.

 

Paper 1:

The first paper of the study will assess the global magnitudes and trends in rangeland degradation as well as evaluate the challenges confronting land use change in the rangelands. In addition, the major drivers of rangeland degradation will be appraised while identifying how they interrelate.

Paper 2:

Second, using the Total Economic Value (TEV) framework, the study will evaluate the economic costs and benefits of sustainable rangeland management versus unsustainable practices in the pastoral areas of Kenya. This will be done while accounting for heterogeneity of rangeland tenure arrangements, and identifying their impacts on the provision of market and non-market goods and services, income and sustainability indicators. In addition, the study will identify the ‘hot spots’ of degrading rangelands in Kenya as well as assess the drivers of the identified degradation processes.

Paper 3:

The third paper will focus on analysing the determinants of participation in collective action initiatives observed among pastoralists in Kenya and the effect of collective action on sustainable pastoral resources management.

 

Doctoral research funded by

BMZ(DAAD); FIAT PANIS

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof.Von Braun, ZEF

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Mirzabaev, Alisher

Evelyne Kihiu

Former Junior Researcher

E-Mail:
evekihiu(at)gmail.com

Department:
ZEF b