Seed Enterprise Management Institute

Who we are

The Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs) is a collaborative capacity building and food security initiative between the University of Nairobi, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Iowa State University (ISU), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS), private and public Institutions in the seed sector and independent consultants. SEMIs was established in February, 2010 with the primary objective of providing capacity to the seed industry personnel in sub-Saharan Africa through short term trainings. To date, more than 600 personnel from over 100 seed companies in 15 African countries have undergone training at SEMIs.

Apart from the short course trainings, SEMIs also established a fully fledged seed processing unit at the University of Nairobi, CAVS. The processing plant aims to serve both as training facility and as a service provider for other seed companies with limited capacity to process seed.

Other activities of the Institute includes production of breeder seed beans bred by University of Nairobi researchers for which six bean varieties are being bulked at the University farm in Kabete, Kanyariri and Kibwezi stations.

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What We Do

Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs):

SEMIs was initiated by a team led by Prof. Agnes W. Mwang’ombe at the University of Nairobi in 2010 through financial support under the Programme for Africa’s Seed Systems (PASS) in AGRA. SEMIs is a collaborative program and its role is to provide skills through training of seed personnel in the Seed sector so as to improve seed production and delivery systems within sub-Saharan Africa.

Designed Courses include seven Short Courses are for skills enhancement.

These courses are in modular format and include: –

    • Seed Crop Production
    • Seed Drying, Processing and Storage
    • Seed Business Management
    • Seed Marketing
    • Crop Seed Production Field Diagnostics
    • Plant Protection Organizations (NPPO’s) Quality Regulators
    • Seed Quality Assurance and Seed Enterprise Quality Management

Who should attend:

This course is intended for persons dealing in the production of certified seed in seed companies and government officials offering services in certified seed production.

Benefits of the course:

The short courses are intended to instill the following skills:

    • Good understanding of seed production management and quality assurance regulations to achieve seed production goals;
    • Analytical and interactive ability to enable sound planning and implementation of seed production enterprise;
    • Ability to diagnose seed production problems and determination and application of practical solutions;
    • Managerial capacity in design and implementation of seed production strategies.


Inquiry or Registration:


Florence Kiwunja: Mob: +254 722 382 300

Online at:;

Registration for this course is limited to 30 persons only, and will be on first-come basis.

Course Fees: US$ 2,840

Inclusive of Tuition plus daily meals and transport and airport transfers (minus air ticket and health insurance), Laboratory and Field visit to relevant Institutions including seed industry, stationery and includes accommodation (Bed and Breakfast).


Participants will be accommodated in a pleasant environment, a few minutes’ drive from the University

Notice to all Course participants (Sponsored and non-sponsored):

For non-sponsored participants please note the above charges are not inclusive of personal allowance and health insurance. However, for all course participants please make personal arrangements for health Insurance.

Our Team

Prof.MwangProf. Agnes W. Mwang’ombe

BSc. Agric, MSc. (Nbi), PhD. (Lond), DIC (Imperial Coll. Lond)
Professor of Plant Pathology
Department of Plant Science & Crop Protection
EBS- Seed Enterprise Management Institute (SEMIs), PI and Program Team Leader

P.O Box 30197-00100,
Nairobi, Kenya
Department: +254-020-205 5129
Switchboard: +254-020-359 27361

Prof. Agnes W. Mwang’ombe holds a BSc Agriculture and MSc Plant Pathology(both from University of Nairobi) in addition to PhD from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London. She is a full professor of Plant Pathology and served as the Principal for ten years and four months (10years and 4 months) in the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi. In addition, she served as Dean, Faculty of Agriculture for three years in the University of Nairobi. She is currently serving as Professor of Plant Pathology, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, Faculty of Agriculture. She has published well over 65 peer reviewed papers in International Journals and supervised several graduate students. During her career, she has attracted several grants for basic and applied research and capacity building.

Her research work has focused on her core competency in addition to sustainable agriculture as influenced by climate change and economic empowerment/mentorship of women farmers. The research approach is very inclusive with respect to multidisciplinarity/ multi-sectoral while bringing on board multi-institutionality.

Prof. Mwang’ombe is an expert in curricula development and constantly provides leadership in this area. She has over the years acquired competencies in transformational leadership while remaining strategic in managing human resources in a changing environment and retaining a competitive edge in a highly competitive field of tertiary education. She is a great professional mentor to students, young Scientists  and women Scientists.

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OluProfessor Florence Olubayo is an Agricultural Scientist and Associate Professor with emphasis in Integrated Crop Pest management, Post harvest pest management and Agricultural Technology transfer. She helps with general management of the project and is also a resource person in some of the training courses
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Dr. Hillary Nyang’anga is the Project Communication and ICT manager, He is in charge of the project’s Web design and Management, Web content formulation,design and Management and Communication management. Dr. Nyang’anga is a Holder of a Ph.D in Agricultural Information and Communication management. He also hold a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Information and Communication Management and a bachelor degree in Agricultural Economics.