Prof. Bancy Mati

Prof. Bancy Mati

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Prof. Eng. Bancy Mbura Mati is the Director, Water Research and Resource Center (WARREC) and full Professor of Land and Water Management at the Biomechanical and Environmental Engineering Department (BEED), in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya. She holds a PhD degree in Rural Land Use and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Cranfield University, UK; an MSc degree in Land and Water Management and BSc in Agricultural Engineering from University of Nairobi. She is a registered Consulting Engineer and Lead Expert in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Short Course Certificates

Prof. Mati has also received extra specialized training in: Leadership and Management, Corporate Governance, Contract Management, Facilitation & Skills Delivery, Database & Metadata Management, Hydrometeorology, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Agricultural Carbon Credits, Regional Development Planning, Development Research, Grant Management & Governance, Monitoring & Evaluation, Remote Sensing and GIS, Environmental Impact Assessment, Natural Resources Management & Institutions.

Teaching & Research Duties

At JKUAT, Prof. Mati teaches and conducts research in the Land and Water Management, specializing in Watershed Management; Rainwater Harvesting, Soil & Water Conservation, GIS, Irrigation & Drainage, Hydrology, Engineers in Society. She is the Coordinator of Students’ Research Projects, also supervises PhD, MSc and BSc research projects and represents the university at various national and international forums on water related issues.

Previous Career Experiences

Prof. Mati has previously worked with ICRISAT, as the Programme Manager of IMAWESA (Improved Management of Agricultural Water in Eastern and Southern Africa), and IFAD supported programme that covered in 23 countries in eastern and southern Africa. She has also worked with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and earlier with the Ministry of Agriculture.


On innovation, Prof. Mati is credited with introducing to Kenya, two new innovations; (i) the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), a technology for growing paddy rice which uses less water, but incredibly increases yields. Introduced in Kenya in 2009, SRI has now been adopted by thousands of farmers in Mwea, Ahero, Bunyala, West Kano and South West Kano irrigation schemes. (ii) Fog harvesting in the Ngong Hills, is a pilot project introduced by Prof. Mati in 2013, with test equipment fixed at six sites in the Ngong Hills. Preliminary research shows the equipment works well, both fog and rainwater are effectively harvested for drinking water. The first large fog collector has been installed (April 2014) and she is seeking funds to out-scale this innovation.

Consultancy and Development work

Prof. Mati is an active consultant and development worker, tackling water resources management, climate change, irrigation & drainage, catchment conservation, developing Policies and Strategies on water management as well as workshop facilitation and project implementation. She has been a consultant for several international organizations, among them; The World Bank, WBI, AGRA, ICRAF, Nile Basin Initiative/RATP, FAO, ILRI, IWMI, EAC/LVBC, RELMA, UNDP, ASARECA, FARA, Cordaid, CCAFS, GIZ, Metameta, Gibb, WRMA, CTA, Matrix,Sokoine University of Agriculture, Swiss National Science Foundation and Ministry of Agriculture.

Leadership in Boards/ Organizations

Prof. Mati has serves/has served as Board member of several organizations at national and international levels. These include (currently) the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK), where she is also Chair of the Agricultural Engineering Panel. She is the Regional Focal Point (Africa), for the United Nations University – Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and Resources (UNU-FLORES). She is an Advisory Board Member of the Kenya Young Water Professionals (KeYWAP) and Chair of Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Water for Economic Development in Kenya. Previously, Prof. Mati has served as “Project Ambassador” in IWMI’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-AWM Solutions project. Also, she served in the Steering Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP), and the Advisory Board of the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance. She has been member of the National Task Force on Food Security in the Horn of Africa and a resource person at UNECA’s ACPC for the CCDA. She has been Member of Council of the Institution of the Engineers of Kenya (IEK). She also served as Chairperson of the Kenya Rainwater Association and Chair of the Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership.

Scientific Writer & Film Producer

Prof. Mati is an accomplished scientific writer, with over 120 publications in refereed journals, books, book chapters, training manuals, conference papers, workshop reports, research reports, Policy and Strategy documents. She has also made several keynote presentations at national, regional and international fora. Prof. Mati has produced a set of 9 documentary films on land and water management. In 2013, her documentary film on the SRI innovation won 1st prize in Africa, awarded by FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa)

Some recent publications (2010-2012 only)

  1. Kadyampakeni, D.M., Kazombo-Phiri, S., Mati, B. and Fandika, I.R. (2014). Impacts of Small-Scale Water Management Interventions on Crop Yield, Water Use and Productivity in Two Agro-Ecologies of Malawi. Agricultural Sciences, 454-465.
  2. Nyang’au, W. O., Mati, B. M., Kalamwa, K., Wanjogu, R. K. and Kiplagat L. K. (2014). Estimating Rice Yield under Changing Weather Conditions in Kenya Using CERES Rice Model. International Journal of Agronomy, Volume 2014, Article ID 849496, 12 pages.
  3. Mati, B. M. (2013). Participatory assessment and promoting fog harvesting for drinking water in the Ngong Hills, Kenya. A Training Manual; WARREC-JKUAT, POWER, KMD and Ped-World. JKUAT.
  4. Mati, B.M., and Gitonga, W. (2013). Exciting Sites and Untapped Potentials of Embu and Mbeere: More than a Travel Guide on Unique Places in Kenya. Tosh Travel Solutions. 185 pp.
  5. Ndiiri, J.A. Mati, B.M. Home, P.G., Odongo, B. and Uphoff, N. (2013). Adoption, constraints and economic returns of paddy rice under the system of rice intensification in Mwea, Kenya. Agricultural Water Management, 129 (2013) 44–55.
  6. Mati, B.M. 2013. System of Rice Intensification Gains Popularity in Kenya. SRI, More Rice, Less Water. Baobab Magazine March 2013, Vol 66, pp 11-13.
  7. Nyamai, M., Mati, B.M.,Home P.G., Odongo, B., Wanjogu, R.andThuranira E.G. (2012). Improving land and water productivity in basin rice cultivation in Kenya through System of Rice Intensification (SRI). Agric Eng Int: CIGR Journal, 2012, 14, 2, 1-9.
  8. Adgo, E. Teshome, A. and Mati, B. 2013. Impacts of long-term soil and water conservation on agricultural productivity: The case of Anjenie watershed, Ethiopia. Agricultural Water Management 117 (2013) 55– 61.
  9. Mwega, W.B., Mati, B.M., Mulwa, J.K., and Kituu, G.M. (2013). Identification of groundwater potential zones using Remote Sensing and GIS in Lake Chala watershed, Kenya. In: Proceedings of 2013 Mechanical Engineering Conference on Sustainable research and Innovations African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) –Juja. 24 -26 April 2013. Volume 5.
  10. Nyang’au, W.O., Mati, B.M., Kulecho, K., Wanjogu R.K. and Kiplagat, L. 2013. Assessment of the adaptability of management practices to system for rice intensification in Kenya, using v 4.5 CERES Rice Model. In: Proceedings of 2013 Mechanical Engineering Conference on Sustainable research and Innovations African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) –Juja. 24 -26 April 2013. Volume 5; p 379 -387.
  11. Ndiiri, J.A., Mati, B.M., Home, P.G., Odongo, B. and Uphoff, N. 2012. Comparison of water savings of paddy rice under system of rice intensification (SRI) growing rice in Mwea, Kenya. Vol 04 / Issue 6. International Journal of Current Research and Review (IJCRR)Vol 04, issue 06; 63-73.
  12. Mati, B.M. (2012). Runoff Harvesting for Crop Production: Practical Solutions for Dryland Agriculture. Training Manual 1. Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP) – Regional Agricultural and Trade Programme (RATP), Bujumbura, Burundi.
  13. Mati, B.M. (2012). Best Practices for Rainwater Harvesting from Open Surfaces with Storage in Structures. Training Manual 2. NBI/NELSAP -RATP, Bujumbura, Burundi.
  14. Mati, B.M. (2012). Participatory Operation and Maintenance of Irrigation Schemes. Training Manual 10. Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme (NELSAP) – Regional Agricultural and Trade Programme (RATP), Bujumbura, Burundi.
  15. Mati, B.M., Mulinge, W.M., Adgo, E.T. Kajiru, G.J., Nkuba, J.M. and Akalu T.F. (2011). Rainwater harvestingimproves returns on investment in smallholder agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. In “Integrated Watershed Management and Improved Livelihoods : Upgrading Rainfed Agriculture”. SP Wani, J. Rockstrom and KL Sahrawat (eds). Taylor and Francis, 249-279.
  16. Mati, B. M., Wanjogu, R., Odongo, B., and Home, P.G. (2011). Introduction of the System of Rice Intensification in Kenya: experiences from Mwea Irrigation Scheme. Paddy and Water Environment. Volume 9, No. 1, 145-154.
  17. Amede, T, Awulachew, S.B., Mati, B., Traore, S. and Yitayew, M. (2011). Agricultural Water Management in the Context of Climate Change in Africa. African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Working Paper 9. Pp 32.
  18. Teshome, A., Enyew, A. and Mati, B.M.. (2010). Impact of water harvesting ponds on household incomes and rural livelihoods in Minjar Shenkora district of Ethiopia. Ecohydrology & Hydrology. Vol. 10: No. 2-4, 315-322
  19. Mati, B.M. (2010). Agricultural Water Management Delivers Returns on Investment in Africa: A Compendium of 18 Case Studies from Six Countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. VDM Verlagsservicegesellschaft mbH,-. 280p. ISBN 978-3-639-11661-8.
  20. Mati, B.M. 2009. Improving the productivity of drylands through small holder interventions in agricultural water management in Eastern and Southern Africa: In: Lead Papers: International Conference on: Nurturing Arid Zones for People and the Environment.Jodhpur India (Eds. RS Tripathi, RK Kaul, Praveen-Kumar, Amal Kar and NV Patil) Arid Zone Research Association, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur. pp 111-128.
  21. Mati, B.M. 2008. Capacity development for smallholder irrigation in Kenya. Irrigation and Drainage. IRD 57(3): 332-340. Wiley InterScience.
  22. Mati, B.M.,Mutie, S., Gadain, H., Home, P. and Mtalo, F. 2008.Impacts of land-use/cover changes on the hydrology of the Mara River. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management. 13: 169–177. Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty
  23. Mati, B.M., Mahoo H. and Kajiru, G. 2008. Agricultural Water Management in Integrated Watershed Planning. IMAWESA Training Manual No.2. Nairobi, Kenya.
  24. Mati, B.M., Siame, D. and Mulinge, W.M (editors) 2008. Agricultural Water Management on the Ground: Lessons from Projects and Programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa. Experiences shared by 15 IFAD-funded Programmes/Projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. IMAWESA Working Paper 16. Nairobi, Kenya
  25. Mati, B.M, Mwepa, G. and Temu, R. 2008. Farmer Initiatives in Managing Water for Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa. A booklet of farmer innovations in agricultural water management in Eastern and Southern Africa. IMAWESA Working Paper 15. Nairobi.
  26. Mati, B.M. (2007). 100 Ways to Manage Water for Smallholder Agriculture in Eastern and Southern Africa. A Compendium of Technologies and Practices. SWMnet Working Paper 13. Nairobi.
  27. Mati, B. M., Hatibu, N. Phiri, I.M.G. and Nyanoti J.N. (2007). Policies & Institutional Frameworks Impacting on Agricultural Water Management in Eastern & Southern Africa (ESA). Synthesis Report of a Rapid Appraisal Covering Nine Countries in the ESA.IMAWESA, Nairobi, pp 39.
  28. Molden, D., Frenken, K., Barker, R., de Fraiture, C., Mati, B. Svendsen, M., Sadoff, C and Finlayson C. M. (2007). Trends in water and agricultural development. In: Water for Food, Water for Life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture. London: Earthscan and Colombo: International Water Management Institute, 57-89.
  29. Bossio, D. Critchley, W., Geheb, K., van Lynden, G. and Mati, B. (2007). Conserving land-protecting water. In: Water for Food, Water for Life: A Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture, London: Earthscan and International Water Management Institute, 551-583.
  30. Nackoney, J., Mati, B., Mock, G, Henninger, N., et al (2007). Water. In: Nature’s benefits in Kenya. An Atlas of ecosystems and human well-being. World Resources Institute, Government of Kenya and ILRI; pp 25-41.
  31. Mati, B. M. (2006). Capacity Development strategies: lessons from Promoting Farmer Innovation (PFI) in East Africa. Workshop Proceedings on Design and Implementation of Capacity Development Strategies; 37-48. IPTRID, FAO, Rome.
  32. Mati, B., De Bock, T., Malesu, M., Khaka, E., Oduor, A. Nyabenge, M. and Oduor, V. (2006). Mapping the Potentials for Rainwater Harvesting Technologies in Africa. A GIS overview of development domains for the continent and nine selected countries. Technical manual No. 6, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya: 115p.
  33. Mati, B. M. (2005). Overview of water and soil nutrient management under smallholder rain-fed agriculture in East Africa. Working Paper 105. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 81p. ISBN: 92-9090-621-9.
  34. Mati, B. M., Muchiri, J. M.; Njenga, K.; Penning de Vries, F.; Merrey, D. J. (2005). Assessing water availability under pastoral livestock systems in drought-prone Isiolo District, Kenya. Working Paper 106. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 27p. ISBN: 92-9090-623-0.
  35. Mati, B.M. and Penning de Vries, F.W.T. (2005). Bright Spots on Technology-Driven Change in Smallholder Irrigation. Case Studies from Kenya. In: Bright Spots Demonstrate Community Successes in African Agriculture. International Water Management Institute. Working Paper 102:27-47.
  36. Mati, B.M., Mutie, S., Home, P., Mtalo, F. and Gadain, H. (2005). Land Use Changes in the Transboundary Mara Basin: A Threat to Pristine Wildlife Sanctuaries in East Africa. Paper presented at the 8th International River Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.