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Prof. Felix K. Ng’etich Publications

Publications in Journals

  1. "Omenda, J. A., Ngetich, K. F., Kiboi, M. N., Mucheru-Muna, M. W., & Mugendi, D. N. (2021). Phosphorus availability and exchangeable aluminum response to phosphate rock and organic inputs in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Heliyon 7"
  2. Mwaura, G.G., Kiboi, M. N., Bett, E.K., Mugwe, J.N., Muriuki, A., Nicolay, G & Ng'etich, F.K. (2021). Adoption Intensity of Selected Organic-Based Soil Fertility Management Technologies in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Frontiers in Susatinable Food Systems 4
  3. "Oduor, O.N., Ng'etich, F.K., Kiboi, M. N., Muriuki, A., Adamtey, N. & Mugendi, D.N. (2020). Suitability of different data sources in rainfall pattern characterization in the tropical central highlands of Kenya. Heliyon 6."
  4. Musafiri, C. M., Macharia, J. M., Kiboi, M. N., Ng'etich, O. K., Shisanya, C. A., Okeyo, J. M., ... & Ngetich, F. K. (2020). Soil greenhouse gas fluxes from maize cropping system under different soil fertility management technologies in Kenya. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 301, 107064.
  5. Musafiri, C. M., Macharia, J. M., Ng'etich, O. K., Kiboi, M. N., Okeyo, J., Shisanya, C. A., ... & Ngetich, F. K. (2020). Farming systems’ typologies analysis to inform agricultural greenhouse gas emissions potential from smallholder rain-fed farms in Kenya. Scientific African, 8, e00458.
  6. Macharia, J. M., Pelster, D. E., Ngetich, F. K., Shisanya, C. A., Mucheru‐Muna, M., & Mugendi, D. N. (2020). Soil greenhouse gas fluxes from maize production under different soil fertility management practices in East Africa. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 125(7), e2019JG005427
  7. Kiboi, M. N., Ngetich, F. K., Muriuki, A., Adamtey, N., & Mugendi, D. (2020). The Adamite response of soil physicochemical properties to tillage and soil fertility resources in Central Highlands of Kenya. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 15(2).
  8. Zhu, Y., Merbold, L., Leitner, S., Pelster, D. E., Okoma, S. A., Ngetich, F., ... & Butterbach-Bahl, K. (2020). The effects of climate on decomposition of cattle, sheep and goat manure in Kenyan tropical pastures. Plant and Soil.
  9. Macharia, J. M., Ngetich, F. K., & Shisanya, C. A. (2020). Comparison of satellite remote sensing derived precipitation estimates and observed data in Kenya. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 284, 107875.
  10. Kiboi, M. N., Ngetich, F. K., Fliessbach, A., Muriuki, A., & Mugendi, D. N. (2020). Nutrient release from organic resources in Nitisols of the Central Highlands of Kenya. Geoderma Regional, e00287.
  11. Okal, H., Ngetich, F., & Okeyo, J. (2020). Spatio-temporal characterisation of droughts using selected indices in Upper Tana River Watershed, Kenya. Scientific African, e00275.
  12. Nganga, W. B., Ng'etich, K. O., Macharia, M. J., Kiboi, N. M., Adamtey, N., & Ngetich, K. F. (2020). Multi-influencing-factors’ evaluation for organic-based soil fertility technologies out-scaling in Upper Tana Catchment in Kenya. Scientific African, 7, e00231.
  13. Macharia, J. M., Pelster, D. E., Ngetich, F. K., Shisanya, C. A., Mucheru‐Muna, M., & Mugendi, D. N. (2020). Soil greenhouse gas fluxes from maize production under different soil fertility management practices in East Africa. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 125(7), e2019JG005427
  14. Mugwe, J., Ngetich, F., & Otieno, E. O. (2019). Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evolving Paradigms Toward Integration. Zero Hunger. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Springer, Cham.
  15. Etemesi, B., Ngetich, F. K., Kiboi, M. N., Zeila, A., Adamtey, N., & Mugendi, D. N. (2019). Quantifying Effects of Selected Soil Fertility Management Techniques on Water Use Efficiency in the Central Highlands of Kenya.
  16. Omenda, J. A., Ngetich, K. F., Kiboi, M. N., Mucheru-Muna, M. W., & Mugendi, D. N. Soil Organic Carbon and Acid Phosphatase Enzyme Activity Response to Phosphate Rock and Organic Inputs in Acidic Soils of Central Highlands of Kenya in Maize.
  17. Nganga, B. W., Nge’tich, K. O., Adamtey, N., Milka, K., & Ngetich, K. F. (2019). Application of GIS on the Identification of Suitable Areas for Water Conservation Technologies in the Upper Tana Watershed of the Central Highlands of Kenya.
  18. Okal, H. A., Ngetich, F. K., & Okeyo, J. M.(2019) Spatial Evaluation of Droughts Using Selected Satellite-based Indices in the Upper Tana River Watershed, Kenya.
  19. Kiboi, M. N., Ngetich, F. K., & Mugendi, D. N. (2019). Nitrogen budgets and flows in African smallholder farming systems. AIMS Agriculture and Food, 4(2), 429.
  20. Mugwe, J., Ngetich, F., & Otieno, E. O. (2019). Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evolving Paradigms Toward Integration. Zero Hunger. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Springer, Cham.
  21. Murage, F. M., Mugwe, J. N., Ngetich, K. F., Mucheru-Muna, M. M., & Mugendi, D. N. (2019). Adoption of soybean by smallholder farmers in the Central Highlands of Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development ISSN, 7(5), 001-012.
  22. Kiboi, M. N., Ngetich, K. F., Mugendi, D. N., Muriuki, A., Adamtey, N., & Fliessbach, A. (2018). Microbial biomass and acid phosphomonoesterase activity in soils of the Central Highlands of Kenya. Geoderma Regional, 15, e00193.
  23. Nyamwange, M. M. E., Njeru, E. M., Mucheru-Muna, M., & Ngetich, F. (2018). Soil management practices affect arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi propagules, root colonization and growth of rainfed maize. AIMS Agric Food, 3, 120-134.
  24. Kabirigi, M., Ngetich, F. K., Mwetu, K. K., Rushemuka, P., Wasige, E. J., Ruganzu, V. M., & Nabahungu, N. L. (2017). Implications of tillage practices, management of soil surface and fertilizer application on sustainable dryland agriculture: A case study of Eastern Rwanda.
  25. Kiboi, M. N., Ngetich, K. F., Diels, J., Mucheru-Muna, M., Mugwe, J., & Mugendi, D. N. (2017). Minimum tillage, tied ridging and mulching for better maize yield and yield stability in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Soil and Tillage Research, 170, 157-166.
  26. Ndwiga, B. W., Arunga, E. E., & Ngetich, F. K. (2016). Economic Assessment of Napier Grass Production Using Different Fertilizer Combinations under Smallholder Farming Conditions in the Central Highlands of Kenya.
  27. Yegon, R., Mtakwa, P. W., Mrema, G. C., & Ngetich, F. K. (2016). Planting Pits’ Effects on Soil Nutrients in a Sorghum and Pigeon Pea Rotation in Semi-arid Areas of Eastern Kenya.
  28. Kisaka, M. O., Mucheru-Muna, M., Ngetich, F. K., Mugwe, J., Mugendi, D., Mairura, F., ... & Makokha, G. L. (2016). Potential of deterministic and geostatistical rainfall interpolation under high rainfall variability and dry spells: case of Kenya’s Central Highlands. Theoretical and applied climatology, 124(1-2), 349-364.
  29. Mugendi, D. N., Mugi-Ngenga, E. W., Mucheru-Muna, M. W., Mugwe, J., Ngetich, F. K., & Mairura, F. S. (2015). Household's socio-economic factors influencing the level of adaptation to climate variability in the dry zones of Eastern Kenya.
  30. Kisaka, M. O., Mucheru-Muna, M., Ngetich, F., Mugwe, J., Mugendi, D., & Mairura, F. (2015). Seasonal rainfall variability and drought characterization: Case of Eastern Arid Region, Kenya. In Adapting african agriculture to climate change (pp. 53-71). Springer, Cham.
  31. Kabirigi, M., Musana, B., Ngetich, F. K., Mugwe, J., Mukuralinda, A., & Nabahungu, N. L. (2015). Applicability of conservation agriculture for climate change adaptation in Rwanda’s situation.
  32. Kisaka, O. M., Mucheru-Muna, M., Ngetich, F. K., Mugwe, J., Mugendi, D. N., Mairura, F., & Muriuki, J. (2015). Using APSIM-model as a decision-support-tool for long-term integrated-nitrogen-management and maize productivity under semi-arid conditions in Kenya.
  33. Kisaka, M. O., Mucheru-Muna, M., Ngetich, F. K., Mugwe, J. N., Mugendi, D., & Mairura, F. (2015). Rainfall variability, drought characterization, and efficacy of rainfall data reconstruction: case of Eastern Kenya. Advances in Meteorology, 2015.
  34. Ngetich, K. F., Diels, J., Shisanya, C. A., Mugwe, J. N., Mucheru-Muna, M., & Mugendi, D. N. (2014). Effects of selected soil and water conservation techniques on runoff, sediment yield and maize productivity under sub-humid and semi-arid conditions in Kenya. Catena, 121, 288-296.
  35. Kisaka, M. O., Mucheru-Muna, M. W., Ngetich, F. K., Mugwe, J., Mugendi, D. N., Mairura, F. S., ... & Okeyo, A. I. (2014). Does long-term low-rate organic and inorganic nitrogen management guarantee maize yield under semi-arid conditions of eastern Kenya. In RUFORUM Fourth Biennial Conference, Maputo, Mozambique, 19-25 July 2014 (pp. 487-493). RUFORUM
  36. Okeyo, A. I., Mucheru-Muna, M., Mugwe, J., Ngetich, K. F., Mugendi, D. N., Diels, J., & Shisanya, C. A. (2014). Effects of selected soil and water conservation technologies on nutrient losses and maize yields in the central highlands of Kenya. Agricultural Water Management, 137, 52-58.
  37. Ngetich, K. F., Mucheru-Muna, M., Mugwe, J. N., Shisanya, C. A., Diels, J., & Mugendi, D. N. (2014). Length of growing season, rainfall temporal distribution, onset and cessation dates in the Kenyan highlands. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 188, 24-32.
  38. Ngetich, F. K. (2012). Enhancing farmers’ agricultural productivity through improved field management practices in the central Highlands of Kenya (Doctoral dissertation, Thesis).
  39. Ngetich, K. F., Raes, D., Shisanya, C. A., Mugwe, J., Mucheru-Muna, M., Mugendi, D. N., & Diels, J. (2012, September). Calibration and validation of AquaCrop model for maize in sub-humid and semi-arid regions of central highlands of Kenya. In Proceedings of the Conference of RUFORUM Third Biennial Conference, Entebbe, Uganda (pp. 24-28).
  40. Ngetich, F. K., Shisanya, C. A., Mugwe, J., Mucheru-Muna, M., & Mugendi, D. N. (2012). The potential of organic and inorganic nutrient sources in sub-Saharan African crop farming systems.
  41. Ngetich, K. F. (2008). Effects of conventional and conservation tillage on selected soil physical properties and water movement in a vitric andosol in Kenya (Doctoral dissertation, Egerton University).
  42. Ngetich, F. K., Wandahwa, P., & Wakindiki, I. I. (2008). Long-term effects of tillage, sub-soiling, and profile strata on properties of a Vitric Andosol in the Kenyan highlands.


Presentation of Papers at Academic and Professional Conferences

  • Kiboi M.N, Muna M.W., Ngetich F. K, Mugwe J.N. Mugendi D.N. and Wambugu. S. (2013). Effects of Selected Soil Water Conservation Strategies on Maize Yield through Farmer Managed Trials in the Central Highlands of Kenya. Paper presented during the Soil Science Society of East Africa Conference held on 21st to 25th October 2013 at Cathay Hotel in Nakuru, Kenya
  • Okeyo, A. I., Mucheru-Muna, M., M., Mugwe, J., Ngetich, K. F., Mugendi, D. N., Diels, J. and Shisanya, C. A (2013). Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Variability in Rainfed Farming Systems;The role of soil and water conservation technologies in the central highlands of Kenya. Paper presented during the Soil Science Society of East Africa Conference held on 21st to 25th October 2013 at Cathay Hotel in Nakuru, Kenya
  • Mugi E.W., Ngetich F.K., Muna M.W., Mugwe J.N., Mugendi D.N. And Mairura F. (2013). Integrating Indigenous and Conventional Knowledge-Based Seasonal Climate Forecasts for Farmers Enhanced Adaptation to Climate Variability in Tharaka-Nithi and Kitui Counties. Paper presented during the Soil Science Society of East Africa Conference held on 21st to 25th October 2013 at Cathay Hotel in Nakuru, Kenya
  • Mucheru-Muna MW, Ngetich F.K., Mugendi DN, Mugwe JN, Vanlauwe B, Jan Diels and Merckx R. (2013). Soil chemical properties as influenced by organic inputs and mineral fertilizer in Mbeere District, Kenya. Paper presented during the Soil Science Society of East Africa Conference held on 21st to 25th October 2013 at Cathay Hotel in Nakuru, Kenya.
  • Oscar Kisaka, Mucheru-Muna, M., Ngetich, F.K., Mugwe, J., Mugendi, D., and Mairura, F. (2013). Characterization of Seasonal Rainfall Variability and Drought Probability of the Semi Arid Areas of Mbeere Region in Embu County, Kenya. Paper presented during the Soil Science Society of East Africa Conference held on 21st to 25th October 2013 at Cathay Hotel in Nakuru, Kenya.
  • Oscar Kisaka, Ngetich K. F. Shisanya, C. and Makhoka, S. (2013). Evaluation Of The Most Appropriate Method In Orographic Rainfall Data Reconstruction Of Mbeere District Using Geographical Information System Tools For Agricultural Development. Paper presented during the Soil Science Society of East Africa Conference held on 21st to 25th October 2013 at Cathay Hotel in Nakuru, Kenya

Books/Book Chapters Published

  • M. Oscar Kisaka, Mucheru-Muna M, Ngetich F, Mugwe J, Mugendi DN, Mairura F: Seasonal Rainfall Variability and Drought Characterization: Case of Eastern Arid Region, Kenya. Adapting African Agriculture to Climate Change Climate Change Management, Edited by WL Filho, AO Esilaba, KPC Rao, G Sridhar, 01/2015: chapter Seasonal Rainfall Variability and Drought Characterization: Case of Eastern Arid Region, Kenya: pages 53-71; Springer NL., ISBN: 978-3-319-13000-2
  • Felix K. Ngetich, Chris A. Shisanya, Jayne Mugwe, Monicah Mucheru-Muna, Daniel Mugendi: The Potential of Organic and Inorganic Nutrient Sources in Sub-Saharan African Crop Farming Systems. Soil Fertility Improvement and Integrated Nutrient Management - A Global Perspective, 02/2012; , ISBN: 978-953-307-945-5