Institute of Mineral Processing and Mining

The Institute of Mining and Mineral Processing, formerly the School of Earth Science, comprises the departments of Geology, and Meteorology. The Institute’s key mandate is training and conducting research in mining and related areas. It seeks to provide top quality and transformative geological, mining, mineral processing and atmospheric science education through teaching, research and extension services to provide answers to geological, mining and environmental issues in ASALs.
IM&MP seeks to develop interactive, real-time outreach systems which facilitate the transfer of information, technology and knowledge for poverty alleviation and improved livelihoods. The Department of Meteorology monitored the performance during the October-December 2015 El Nino rains, comparing them with those of 1997/98 short rains. The indications were that the 1997 rains were higher than those of 2015 having recorded 595.2 mm against 530.7 mm as indicated in the graph below.


The Department, in collaboration with UK Met Office, Kenya Meteorological Services and Agriculture Sector Development Support Program, has undertaken initiatives on climate variability and adaptation (ASDSP). The approaches in this outreach venture include dissemination of weather and climate information to the public through radio programs and plans are being made to set up a farmers’ advisory centre in SEKU. The Institute collaborates with agencies involved in optimizing exploitation of natural resources for promotion of productivity of the dry land and the Institute is represented as a member in the “3 Values Chain – Chicken, Green Gram and Gadam Sorghum” platform along with Ukamba Christian Churches Services (UCCS) and ASDSP.
IM&MP operates a data observation system from the manual weather station and the automatic micro-weather station for understanding climate variability and change. The data is available to university researchers, students and other users. Other projects include: Coal in the Mui Basin in partnership with County Government of Kitui; Joint research with Tata Chemicals, Magadi; Global Knowledge Initiative on water harvesting technologies in Kitui County in collaboration with Kenyatta University; A Sustainable Approach to Livelihood Improvement (ASALI) in collaboration with VU University of Amsterdam together with our School of Agriculture and Veterinary Science and School of Water Resources, Science and Technology; Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) on education training software; African Conservation Centre to draw natural capital atlas (biodiversity, soils, geology wildlife and other natural resources); and Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) for training on agricultural extension officers in Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing for Monitoring and Extension. IM&MP is negotiating a pact with the Regional Centre for Mapping Resources for Development for joint research in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System (GIS).






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