Kenya Forestry Research Institute

A Centre of Excellence in Forestry Research

The Rift Valley Eco-Region Research Programme (RVERP) is mandated to undertake research in forestry and allied natural resources focusing mainly on; water towers (Mau Complex, Mt. Elgon and Cherangany), woodlands, and farmlands. The Programme implements its research and development activities in the following thematic areas:
Forest Productivity and Improvement; Biodiversity and Environment Management; Forest Products Development; Socio-economics, Policy and Governance; and Technical Support Services.


RVERP headquarters is situated in Londiani, 3 km from Londiani Junction off Nakuru-Kericho highway and next to Kenya Forestry College. The programme has three sub-centres namely: Turkana Sub-centre , located in Lodwar Town, Baringo Sub-centre is 2 km from Marigat town along Marigat –Perrkera Scheme, and Turbo Sub-centre is 1 km from Turbo-Soi junction off Eldoret-Webuye road.

Geographical Coverage

RVERP covers eleven counties namely; Baringo, Bomet, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kericho, Nandi, Narok, Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot. The eco-region also partially covers; Kajiado, Kakamega, Samburu and Laikipia counties.

Forest Productivity and Improvement

Development of technologies for growing Eucalyptus species
Development of technologies for propagation and establishment of various bamboo species
Breeding of Pinus patula and Cupressus lusitanica
Establishment of seed orchards and seed stands
Development forest health technologies for improved productivity
Development of Agroforestry technologies for irrigated agricultural landscapes

Biodiversity and Environment Management

Development of technologies for rehabilitation of degraded natural forest, woodlands and riparian ecosystems
Development of frameworks for long-term vegetation and environmental monitoring

Forest Products Development

Development of technologies for utilization of wood and non-wood forest products

Socio-economics, Policy and Governance

Analysis of socio-economic factors that influence farmer decision making on farm forestry practices
Monitoring tree product markets and price trends


A rehabilitation guide for degraded natural forests


Sensitizing Marakwet CFAs and County staff on the rehabilitation guidelines

Disseminated various technologies and information on forestry through open and field days, agricultural shows, conferences and workshops, print and electronic media
Trained stakeholders in various aspects of forestry such as: rehabilitation of degraded natural forests, rangelands and woodlands; nursery management; and management of invasive woody species
Our Products Our Services
High quality tree seed
Quality seedlings for both commercial and indigenous tree species
Commercial plantations for timber and transmission poles
Training on tree nursery management
Training on tree seed collection and processing
Advisory services on integrated tree pest management
Training on management and utilization of invasive woody species
Advisory services on plantation forest establishment and management
The Tree Planting Season Is Here. "Panda Miti, Penda Kenya".