Wyclife Agumba Oluoch

Research themes
  • Biodiversity
Research countries
  • Kenya

MA Geography

BA Geography


Biogeography, Ecological Modelling, Statistics, R, GIS and RS

Funding institutions

The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Thesis title

Availability and sustainable harvesting of wild edible plants in Turkana County, Kenya

Thesis abstract

Wild edible plants (WEPs) have been part of human diets for millennia. However, diets malnutrition and food insecurity constitute major development challenges globally. Understanding of availability, harvesting potential and distribution of WEPs could support their sustainable management. I will follow ethnobotany approaches to describe their availability and harvesting potential. I will also determine their human-induced threats and the potential suitable habitats using ecological niche modeling theory within Turkana County for the present and two future (2055 & 2085) climate scenarios (RCP 4.5 and 8.5 Wm-2). Findings could help comparable arid and semi-arid landscapes in Kenya and Africa at large to manage and conserve their WEPs. This is part of an ongoing The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT’s project in Kenya (2019-202) on “Improving dietary quality and livelihoods using farm and wild biodiversity through an integrated community-based approach in Ethiopia and Kenya” funded by GIZ GmbH.

Doctoral research funded by

The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT

Advisor at ZEF


Mkala, E. M., Mwanzia, V., Nzei, J., Oluoch, W. A., Ngarega, B. K., Wanga, V. O., Oulo, M. A., Munyao, F., Kilingo, F. M., Rono, P., Waswa, E. N., Mutinda, E. S., Ochieng, C. O., Mwachala, G., Hu, G., Wang, Q., Katunge, J. K., & Victoire, C. I..  2023.  Predicting the potential impacts of climate change on the endangered endemic annonaceae species in east Africa.  Heliyon, e17405.   : 14   . (Open Access)   Further Information
Oluoch W. A., Whitney C., Termote C., Borgemeister C., Schmitt, C. B..  2023.  Indigenous communities' perceptions reveal threats and management options of wild edible plants in semiarid lands of northwestern Kenya.  Journal of Ehtnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 13 (19)   : 15   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Mbandi, M. , E. Mutinda, V. Wanga, M. Oulo, W. Oluoch, J. Mulinge, E. Waswa, W. Odago, C. Nanija, G. Mwachala, G. Hu, Q., Wang.  2022.  Modeling impacts of climate change on the potential distribution of three endemic Aloe species critically endangered in East Africa.  Ecological Informatics, 71 (101765)   : 10   . Further Information
Oluoch W. A., Whitney C. W., Termote C., Borgemeister C., Schmitt C. B.  2022.  Integrated Participatory Approach Reveals Perceived Local Availability of Wild Edible Plants in Northwestern Kenya.  Human Ecology, : 16   . (Open Access)   Further Information


San, S.M., F. Quartucci and W.A. Oluoch. 2021. Forest land degradation and restoration: lessons from historical processes and contemporary advances..  2021.  Forest land degradation and restoration: lessons from historical processes and contemporary advances.  In: G.S. Bhunia, U. Chatterjee, A. Kashyap, P.K. Shit (eds.): Land Reclamation and Restoration Strategies for Sustainable Development: Geospatial Based Technology Aprroach. Candice Janco.   407 - 433. 


Chalo, R. M., Maritim, T. K., Oluoch, W. A., Kamunya, S. M., Bore, J. K..  2020.  Combating Climate Change in the Kenyan Tea Industry.  Frontiers in Plant Science, 339 (11)   : 10   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 1.38MB]


Oluoch, W. A., Bore, J. K., Chelangat, S., Rono, P., Boiwa, M. C..  2018.  Impact of Temperature and Rainfall Variability on Tea Productivity. In Proceedings of 2nd Africa Tea Science Symposium held on 22nd - 23rd November, 2018 at Nyeri, Kenya.. 


Oluoch W. A., Oindo, B. O., Abuom, P. O..  2017.  Effects of Locations On- and Off- Epigeal Termitaria on Vegetation Lifeforms in Katolo Sub-Location of Kisumu County, Kenya.  Scientific Research Journal, XII   : 10   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 867.96KB]
Further Information
Oluoch W. A., Oindo, B. O., Abuom, P. O..  2017.  Modeling vegetation lifeforms abundance based on epigeal termitaria physiography and altitude in tropical savannah of Katolo Sub-Location, Kisumu County.  Journal of Geoscience and Environment Protection, 5   : 10   . (Open Access)   Download [PDF | 1.07MB]
Further Information
Oluoch, W. A., Nyabundi K. W., Boiwa C. M..  2017.  MAKESENS trend analysis of Agro-meteorological data from Kericho, Kenya.  Tea, 38(1)   : 6   . Further Information
Oluoch, W. A., Nyabundi, K. W., Boiwa C. M..  2017.  Evaluation of trends in temperature and rainfall indices using RClimDex for tea growing regions, East and West Rift Valley of Kenya.  Tea, 38(1)   : 10   . Further Information


Bore, J. K., Kibet, S., Oluoch, W. A..  2016.  Effect of Climate Variability on Tea Yields in Kenya.  Tea, 38(1&2)   : 6   .

Additionals, Curriculum Vitae
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Wyclife Agumba Oluoch

Junior Researcher

Ecology and Natural Resources Management


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