Margeret Nyaga was one of the first PhD students to be engaged in the project and she is already in the middle of her data collection in the field.
Margeret holds a Master of Science degree in Range Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Her research and academic interests are covering rangeland ecology (especially fodder production), range condition assessments and monitoring, rehabilitation of highly degraded areas, improvement of pastoral livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.
Margeret got to know about the Drylands Transform project early since she knew and was working with the Kenyan country coordinator Dr. Stephen Mureithi since her undergraduate studies. Due to the early interest in the project Margeret was privileged to join the field reconnaissance visit in January 2021 as a research assistant.
“The project sites were promising and very good to demonstrate to the community that degraded, less productive and neglected lands can be transformed into more productive lands”
Currently Margeret is one of the PhD students in the project, focusing on fodder production and the restoration of the drylands through the knowledge-sharing hubs called Livestock Cafés.
Margeret is currently collecting her dry season data on the most preferred fodder species by different types of livestock. This data collection will be repeated during the wet season later during the year. Margeret is also looking forward to setting up the experimental plots for different fodder grasses in the Livesock cafés.
The main challenge that Margeret can see witht the work in the project will be unreliable and unpredictable rainfall patterns.