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researcher , agricultural products executive

Gospel Oluoch Omanya, Kenyan agricultural products executive, researcher. Member of African Molecular Marker Applications Network, African Crop Science Society, Agronomy Society of America, Plant Breeders Association Kenya (founding member), Crop Science Society of America, Project Management Institute.

Background

Omanya, Gospel Oluoch was born on September 20, 1967 in Nairobi, Kenya. Son of George and Grace Omanya.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with honors, University Nairobi, 1992. Master of Science in Plant Breeding, University Nairobi, 1995. Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Genetics and Breeding cum laude, University Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, 2000.

Diploma in agricultural technical management, Galilee College, Nahalal, Israel, 2006. Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management, Moi University, Nairobi, since 2005.

Career

Graduate research assistant sorghum breeding University Nairobi, 1991—1993. Graduate research assistant vegetable oil systems Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, 1994—1996. Pre-doctoral associate University Hohenheim, Stuttgart, 1996—2000, science assistant molecular diversity project, 2001.

Special project scientist International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics, Niamey, 2001—2004. Projects manager African Agricultural Technology Foundation, Nairobi, 2005—2007, seed stewardship manager, since 2007. International expert genetics and breeding International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics, Niamey, 2001—2004.

Head international symposium organizing committee International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Niamey, 2003. Member congress organizing committee Third World Congress for Conservation Agriculture, Nairobi, 2005. Board directors, advisors Maseno InterChristian Child Self-Help Group-Cmty.

Development Support Service, Kisumu, Kenya.

Achievements

  • Achievements include research in field and laboratory screening methodologies for weed (Striga). Participatory research in improved millet varieties in West Africa. Research in identifcation of farmers' preferences in pearl millet cultivars thus assisting breeding criteria.

    Development of multiple selection criteria for selecting drought resistant cultivars and identification of suitable cultivars for cultivation in drought prone areas of Kenya. Contributed to awareness creation of Striga control methods in Eastern Africa. Stewardship and facilitation of dissemination of Striga weed control technology to over 10,000 farmers in Kenya.

    Contributed to charting recommendations for sustainable dryland farming in Africa. Contributed to research leading to identification of major and minor genes for stimulation of striga weed germination in sorghum. Identification of sesame cultivars suitable for drough-prone areas of Kenya.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor 30 articles to professional journals.

Membership

Member of African Molecular Marker Applications Network, African Crop Science Society, Agronomy Society of America, Plant Breeders Association Kenya (founding member), Crop Science Society of America, Project Management Institute.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Reading, golf, soccer, philanthropy.

Connections

Married Juliet Omolo Omanya.

father:
George Omanya

mother:
Grace Omanya

spouse:
Juliet Omolo Omanya.