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Rose Adhiambo Nyikal
Rose Adhiambo Nyikal

Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi

Educational background

She holds a BSc degree in Agriculture, and MSc In Agricultural Economics, and a PhD in Agricultural Economics. Her PhD training had special emphasis in Rural Finance and Production Economics.


Rose's work experience spans from August 1980 when she was first posted to South Nyanza district, Kenya, as a Crops Extension officer, after obtaining an honours degree in Agriculture. Her duties included, among others, assisting farmers appraise their farm plans for the purposes of handling financing. One year later she moved to the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters, Nairobi, where she handled policy issues on industrial crops. In January 1983, Rose moved to the Planning division , where her duties included gathering and storing information on donor funded projects, for monitoring and evaluation purposes.In December 1984, Rose moved back to Extension Services in one remote district in Western Kenya, where she served unti lOctober 1987 when she enrolled for postgraduate studies in Agricultural Economics at the University of Nairobi.

In 1990, after completion of graduate studies, Rose worked briefly at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters, in policy planning for agricultural finance, until April 1991 when she joined the University of Nairobi as an Assistant Lecturer. She is currentlly a senior lecturer in the same institution.

For the past seventeen years as a lecturer, Rose has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Principles of Farm Management, Development Economics, Rural and Micrifinance, Production Economics, Operations Research, and Mathematics for Economists. She has also participated in the development of several curricula, including the regional Agricultural Information and Communication Management (AICM). The work continues.

In response to the growing concern over environmental issues in development, Rose took a course and obtained a certificate in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment and Audit, from Jomo Kenyatta Unversity of Agriculture and Technology in 2007. She is also a member of the Eastern Africa network in Education for Sustainable Development, and the current Eastern Africa representative of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE).

Research intersts

Rose's research interests include

  1. sustainability of financing smallholder agriculture,
  1. smallholders' adaptation to climate change, and
  1. efficency of use of resources in small farms.


  • ranyikal@uonbi.ac.ke
  • nyikalra@gmail.com
  • University of Nairobi, Dept. of Agric. Economics, P. O. Box 29053-00625, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Tel. +254 20 632150 / +254 722 248405



Courses I teach

Rose's Courses