Dr Kevin Obiero is the Centre Director and Aquaculture Research Scientist working with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI). He holds a PhD Degree in Natural Resources and Life Sciences from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria. Currently, he works as the Centre Director of KMFRI Sangoro in charge of coordinating research, administrative and financial functions to ensure research activities are aligned to the
Institute’s strategic plan, vision and mandate. He is self-driven with outstanding organizational and multi-tasking skills. A master and friendly communicator with international experience and excellent interpersonal skills, he supports and encourages colleagues, and builds and maintains good working rapport with donors and stakeholders.
His academic and professional work experience spans over 15 years. During this period, he has worked with multi-disciplinary teams to develop a culture of vigorous research funding, production and dissemination through several ongoing initiatives. Through these initiatives, Dr Obiero has published over 35 scientific publications i.e., 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, 15 books/book chapters, and participated in several local and international scientific conferences.
Dr Obiero has participated in several short courses and professional training programmes. He has gained extensive project management experience by completing Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management (Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Senior Management Course (Kenya School of Government) and Strategic Leadership Development Program (KSG). He has also participated in advanced training for governance and policy-oriented studies in Africa. The professional training has significantly strengthened his research versatility and administrative capability. Kevin has also significantly contributed to fisheries, aquatic resource management and aquaculture landscape in Kenya and beyond. For example, he is privileged to be a member of the Aquaculture Regional Working Group (ARWG) for the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) and a member of the Training Selection Committee (TSC) for the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP).
Internationally, his leadership qualities and broad experience have been recognized by top research organizations. For instance, is the current Board Chair of the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (https://www.agl-acare.org/), a highly collaborative organization whose goal is to positively influence policy and management on Africa's Great Lakes by executing a long-term network of freshwater experts to strengthen science in Africa. He is a board member of IISD Experimental Lakes Area (https://www.iisd.org/ela/), the world's freshwater laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds set aside for scientific research in Canada.
Research Network: Research Gate
Online Publication Profile:
• ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3441-3976
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1.Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Dr.nat.techn.)
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
2. M.Sc. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
3. B.Sc. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
4. Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Kenya Institute of Management
5. Senior Management Course (SMC)
Kenya School of Government
6. Strategic Leadership Development Program (SLDP)
Kenya School of Government
1. Munguti J.M., Obiero K., Odame H., Kirimi J., Kyule D., Ani J., & D Liti., (2021). Key limitations of fish feeds, feed management practices, and opportunities in Kenya’s aquaculture enterprise African Journal of Food Agriculture Nutrition & Development 21(2): 17415-17434; https://doi.org/10.18697/ajfand.97.20455
2. Munguti, J. M., Karimi, J. G., Obiero, K.O., Ogello, E. O., Kyule, D., Liti, D. M. Liti and Musalia, L. M (2020). Aqua-Feed Wastes: Impact on Natural Systems and Practical Mitigations—A Review. Journal of Agricultural Science 13 (1): 111-121
3. Fonda J. A., Opiyo M. A., Obiero, K. O., Munguti J. M., Abwao J., Nyonje B.M., Nevejan N and G. V. Stappen (2021) Aquaculture extension service in Kenya: Farmers and extension officers’ perspectives Journal of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development 13(1), 14-22
4. Kyule, D.N., Fonda, J.A., Ochiewo, J., Munguti, M.J., Obiero, K.O., Ogello, E.O., Opiyo, M.A., Abwao, J., and Kendi, J. (2020). Perceived consumer preferences of fisheries products retailed in Kenyan markets Bioscience Research, 17(4): 2486-2496. https://www.isisn.org/BR17(4)2020/2486-2496-17(4)2020BR20-366.pdf
5. Keyombe, J.L., Obiero, K., Waithaka, E., Outa, N., Donde, O., & Kyule, D. (2020). Understanding selected growth aspects in Redbelly Tilapia, Coptodon zilli (Gervais) and Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides (Lacepède) in Lake Naivasha, Kenya; Fisheries Management Perspective. Pan Africa Science Journal, 1(01). Retrieved from https://www.panafricajournal.com/index.php/home/article/view/6
6. Opiyo, M.A., Obiero, K.O., Abwao, J., Awuor, F.J., Kyule, D. and Munguti, J. (2020). Comparative growth performance of genetically male, sex-reversed and mixed-sex Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) reared in earthen ponds in Sagana, Kenya. Aquaculture Studies, 21(1): 23-30 http://www.aquast.org/uploads/pdf_507.pdf
7. Obiero, K., Lawrence, T., Ives, J., Smith, S., Njaya, F., Kayanda, R., Kayanda, R., Waidbacher, H., Olago, D., Miriti, E., Hecky, R.E. (2020). Advancing Africa’s great lakes research and academic potential: Answering the call for harmonized, long-term, collaborative networks and partnerships. Journal of Great Lakes Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2020.02.002
8. Obiero, K. O., Waidbacher, H., Nyawanda, B.O., Munguti, J.M., Manyala, J.O., Kaunda-Arara, B., (2019). Predicting Uptake of Aquaculture Technologies Among Smallholder Fish Farmers in Kenya. Aquaculture International, DOI: 10.1007/s10499-019-00423-0
9. Obiero, K., Cai, J., Abila, R., Ajayi, O. (2019). Kenya: High aquaculture growth needed to improve food security and nutrition. World Aquaculture Production Indicators (WAPI) Policy Brief, FAO, Rome, Italy. http://www.fao.org/3/ca4693en/ca4693en.pdf
10. Awuor, F.J., Obiero, K., Munguti, J., Oginga, J.O., Kyule, D., Opiyo, M.A., Oduor-odote, P., Yongo, E., Ochiewo, J., (2019). Market Linkages and Distribution Channels of Cultured, Captured and Imported Fish in Kenya. Aquaculture Studies, 19 (1), http://doi.org/10.4194/2618-6381-v19_1_06
11. Obiero, K.O., Waidbacher, H., Silke Drexler, S., Meulenbroek, P., Adamneh D., Akoll, P., Odong R., Kaunda-Arara, B., (2019). The contribution of fish to food and nutrition security in Eastern Africa: Emerging trends and future outlooks. Sustainability 2019, 11, 1636; doi:10.3390/su11061636
12. Vreven, E. J.W.M.N, Musschoot T., Decru E., Snoeks J., Obiero K., Schliewen U. (2018). The complex origins of mouth polymorphism in the Labeobarbus (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) of the Inkisi River basin (Lower Congo, DRC, Africa): insights from an integrative approach. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zly049
13. Abwao, J., Musa S., Ondiba, R., Ogello, E., Obiero, K. (2017). Effect of replacing marine protein with hydrolyzed feather meal on growth, apparent digestibility and body composition of juvenile tilapias; Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852). International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 5 (6): 242–250.
14. Achieng, A. O., Raburu, P. O., Kipkorir, E. C., Ngodhe, S. O., Obiero, K. O., Ani-Sabwa, J. (2017). Assessment of water quality using multivariate techniques in River Sosiani, Kenya. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 189 (6), 280.
15. Obiero, K.O., Waidbacher, H., Drexler, S., Winkler, G., Manyala, J.O., Njiru, J.M., Kaunda-Arara, B. (2016). Knowledge management and investing in human capacity development for aquacultural education and training in Africa. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa, 167–183. ISSN 0378 – 9721.
16. Kyule, D., Opiyo, M.A., Ogello, E., Obiero, K.O, Maranga, B., Orina., P., Charo-Karisa, H., Munguti, J.M. (2016). Determination of fish value-added product preferences among the residents of Wote Town, Makueni County, Kenya. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa, 69–78. ISSN 0378 – 9721.
17. Okotto-Okotto J., Raburu P. O., Obiero K. O., Obwoyere G. O, Mironga J. M., Okotto L. G., Raburu E. A (2016). Impact of spatio-temporal variation of Lake Victoria water levels on fringing Nyando Wetland ecosystem, Kenya. Wetlands, Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-016-0831-y
18. Gownaris, N.J. E. Pikitch, J.Y. Aller, L. Kaufman, J. Kolding, K.M.M Lwiza, Obiero K.O., W.O. Ojwang, J.O. Malala, K.J. Rountos (2016). Fisheries and Water Level Fluctuations in the World’s Largest Desert Lake. Ecohydrology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eco.1769/full]
19. Ogello, E.O., Kembenya, E. M., Obiero, K.O., Munguti, J.M. (2016) Effects of Nicotina tobacum (Linnaeus) on the survival and behavioural response of the freshwater leeches, Hirudinaria sp., International Journal of Aquatic Sciences 7 (1):19–24.
20. Obiero, K.O., Abila, R.O., Njiru, M., Raburu, P.O., Kundu, R., Achieng, A.O., Ogello E.O., Munguti J.M., Lawrence, T. (2015) The challenges of management: Recent experiences in implementing fisheries co-management in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Lakes and Reservoirs: Research and Management 20: 139–154.
21. Githukia, C.M., Ogello E.O., Kembenya E.M., Achieng A.O., Obiero K.O., Munguti J.M. (2015). Comparative growth performance of male monosex and mixed sex Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) reared in earthen ponds. Croatian Journal of Fisheries 73: 20–25.
22. Obiero, K.O., Opiyo M.A., Yongo, E., Kyule, D., Githukia C.M., Munguti J.M. & Charo- Karisa H. (2014). Consumer preference and marketing of farmed Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) and African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) in Kenya: Case study of Kirinyaga and Vihiga Counties. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 1 (5): 67–76.
23. Githukia, C.M., Obiero K.O., Manyala J.O., Ngugi C.C., Quagrainie K.K. (2014). Analysis of consumer preference of wild and cultured Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) and African Catfish, Clarias gariepinus (Burchell 1822) in selected urban centers in Kenya. International Journal of Advanced Research 2 (7): 694–705.
24. Kyule D. N., Yongo E., Opiyo M. A., Obiero K.O, Munguti J. M., Charo-Karisa H. (2014). Fish product development and market trials of fish and fish products in Kenya: A case study of Kirinyaga and Meru Counties. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Vol 26, Article #108. http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd26/6/kyul26108.htm
25. Ogello E.O., Obiero K.O., Munguti J.M. (2013). Lake Victoria and the common property debate: Is the tragedy of the commons a threat to its future? Journal of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds 7 (2): 101–126
26. Obiero K.O., Raburu P.O., Okeyo-Owuor J. B., Raburu E. (2012). Community perceptions on the impact of the recession of Lake Victoria water on Nyando Wetlands. Scientific Research and Essays 7 (16): 1647–1661.
BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
1. Munguti J., Obiero, K., Orina, P., Mirera D., Kyule D., Mwaluma J., Opiyo M., Musa S., Ochiewo J., Njiru J. Ogello, E., & Hagiwara, A. (Eds) (2021). State of Aquaculture Report 2021: Towards Nutrition Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems. Techplus Media House, Nairobi, Kenya. 190 pp
2. Obiero, K., Munguti, J., Ogello, E., Njiru, J., & Hagiwara, A. (2021). Aquaculture in Kenya: Emerging Trends, Socioeconomic Status and Development Prospects. In, Munguti et al., (Eds). State of Aquaculture in Kenya 2021: Towards Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems; Chapter 1: pp 1–19.di
3. Ogello, E.O., Obiero, K.O., Kyule-Muendo, D., Ochieng, S., Munguti, J, Owelle L (2021). Diagnostic Study on Blue Economy for Strategic Planning. March 2021, MasterCard Foundation, PP 110.
4. Obiero K., J. Munguti., D. Liti., J. Ani., J. Njiru., J. Wamuongo., J. Singi., Lungaho, C. Inventory of Climate Smart Technologies, Innovations and Management Practices (TIMPs) For Aquaculture Value Chain. Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Nairobi, Kenya
5. Munguti J., Obiero, K., Liti, D., Ani J., Njiru J., Ikitoo C., Wamuongo J., Singi J., Lungaho, C. (Eds.) (2020). Training of Trainers’ Manual for Climate Smart Aquaculture Practices. Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Nairobi, Kenya
6. awrence, T., Obiero, K.O., Nunan, F., Van der Knaap, M., Njiru, J. M., Mkumbo, O. (2018). Learning from the Transboundary Governance of Lake Victoria’s Fisheries. In: Grover, V. I and Krantzberg, G. (Eds), Lakes Governance, Chapter 7, pp. 128-148, CRS Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.
7. Obiero, K. O., Munguti, J. M., Mutune, D. M., and Njiru, J. M. (2017). Overview of Aquaculture in Kenya. In: Munguti et al. (eds.), State of Aquaculture in Kenya, Chapter 1, pp 1?9, Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
8. Musa, S., Opiyo, M.A., Obiero, K.O., Ogello, E.O., Githukia, C.M., Ombwa, V., Kembenya, E., Boera, P., Okechi, J. (2017). Status of Freshwater Aquaculture in Kenya. In: Munguti et al. (eds.), State of Aquaculture in Kenya, Chapter 2, pp 10?24, Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
9. Mirera, D., Obiero, K.O., Mwaluma, J., Munguti, J.M. (2017). Aquaculture Research, Education and Training in Kenya. In: Munguti et al. (eds.), State of Aquaculture in Kenya, Chapter 6, pp 54?61, Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya
10. Ochiewo, J., Obiero, K. O., Munguti, J.M., Njiru, J.M. (2017). Legal, Policy and Institutional Frameworks Guiding Aquaculture Development in Kenya. In: Munguti et al. (eds.), State of Aquaculture in Kenya, Chapter 7, pp 62?71, Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
11. Ochiewo, J., Obiero, K.O., Ogello, E.O., Awuor, J.F., Munguti, J.M., (2017). Social and Economic Impacts of Aquaculture in Kenya. In: Munguti et al. (eds.), State of Aquaculture in Kenya, Chapter 9, pp 80?87, Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
12. Kyule-Muendo, D., Munguti, J.M., Opiyo, M.A., Obiero, K.O., Githukia, C.M., Orina, P.S., Njiru, J.M., Charo-Karisa, H. (2017). Fish Recipe Book, Volume 1. Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya. 45pp
13. Opiyo M., Charo-Karisa, H., Nyonje, B., Omolo, B., Orina, P., Wainaina, M., Obiero, K., Munguti, J. (2017). Good Aquaculture Practices for Seed Production in Kenya: Volume 1. Tilapia and Catfish. Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN: 9789966100078. 60pp
14. Ojwang, W. O., Obiero, K. O., Donde, O. O., Gownaris, N., Pikitch, E. K., Omondi, R., Avery, S. T. (2016). Lake Turkana: World’s Largest Permanent Desert Lake (Kenya). In Finlayson, C. M., Milton, G.R., Prentice, R.C., Davidson, N.C., (eds.), The Wetland Book: II: Distribution, Description and Conservation, Chapter 25, pp. 1–20). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6173-5_254-1.
15. Obiero K.O., Wa’Munga P.O., Raburu P.O., Okeyo-Owuor J.B. (2012). The People of Nyando Wetlands: Socio-Economics, Gender and Cultural Issues. In: P.O. Raburu et al. (eds.) Community-based approach to the management of Nyando wetlands, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (pp.32–53). McPowl Media Limited, Nairobi, Kenya.
16. Raburu P.O., Onyango F.O., Obiero K.O. (2012). The Value of Consumptive Goods and Services of Nyando Wetland. In: P.O. Raburu et al. (eds.), Community Based Approach to The Management of Nyando Wetlands, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (pp. 53–67). McPowl Media Limited, Nairobi, Kenya.
17. Obiero K.O., Raburu P.O., Masese F.O. (2012). Managing Nyando Wetlands in the Face of Climate Change. In: P.O. Raburu et al. (eds.), Community-based approach to the management of Nyando wetlands, Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (pp.100–121). McPowl Media Limited, Nairobi, Kenya.
FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
• Principal Investigator and lead researcher the World Bank-funded Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) Grant Agreement No: SS02/4/3 project titled “Fish Fingerling Multiplication and Distribution Among Smallholder Farmers in Selected Counties in Kenya”, June 2020–Dec 2022
• Principal Investigator and lead researcher for the World Bank-funded Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) Grant Agreement No: GA02-4/5 project titled “Validating Climate-Smart Fish Marketing, Value Addition and Post-Harvest Technologies for Improved Food and Nutrition Security” from Jan 2019–Dec 2022
• Co-Principle Investigator for the World Bank-funded Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) Grant Agreement No: GA02-4/5 project titled “Validating Climate-Smart Fish Culture Systems (CSFCS) For Increased Aquaculture Productivity and Livelihood Security in Kenya” from Jan 2019–Dec 2022
• Co-Principal Investigator for the World Bank-funded Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) Grant Agreement No: GA02-4/5 project titled “Use of Locally Available Aquatic Macrophytes as Sustainable Ingredients for Fish Feeds for Rural Aquaculture” June 2020–Dec 2022
• PhD Scholar with a regional project funded by Austrian Development Cooperation titled “Strengthening Regional Capacity in Research and Training in Fisheries and Aquaculture for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods in Eastern Africa (STRECAFISH). The project was aimed at building capacity in higher education and research institutions towards the improved response of education to the fast-growing aquaculture and fisheries industry. Total Euro 390,000 from June 2015 to Dec 2018.
• Research Collaborator for a World Bank-funded Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP) to commercialize aquaculture production through sustainable technologies and market linkages. Funded by the World Bank and implemented by KMFRI. Aquaculture Socioeconomics Researcher
• Research Collaborator for a World Bank-funded project titled “Building Public-Private Sector Partnership to Enhance the Productivity and Competitiveness of Aquaculture in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) Region”.
• River Nyando Wetland Resource Utility Optimization Project. Funded by UNDP and Implemented by Kenya Disaster Concern and VIRED International. 2008 to 2013
MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL BODIES
• Board member, African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE)
• Member, Society for Freshwater Society (SFS)
• Member, Aquaculture Association of Kenya (AAK)
• Member, American Fisheries Society (AFS)
• Member, InFish (Inland Fisheries Research) Consortia
• Member, International Society of Limnology (SIL)
• Member, International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR)
• Member, Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa (SARNISSA),
• Member, Ecological Society of Eastern Africa (ESEA)
AWARDS AND GRANTS
• International Student Travel Award to attend the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Conference (https://sfsannualmeeting.org/agenda.cfm) from 18th to 25th May 2019 at Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA;
• International Student Travel Award to attend the inaugural Sustainability and Development Conference (https://umsustdev.org/) from 9th to 11th November 2018 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
• International Student Travel Grant to attend the 8th Conference on Speciation in Ancient Lakes (SIAL 8 - http://www.sial-online.org/conferences/sial8) from 29th July to 3rd August 2018 in Entebbe, Uganda.
• Best talk award for an oral presentation at the 8th Speciation of Ancient Lakes Conference (SIAL 8) held from 29th July to 3rd August 2018 in Entebbe, Uganda.
• International Student Travel Grant to attend the 61st Annual Great Lakes Research Conference (http://iaglr.org/iaglr2018/) from 18th to 22nd June 2018 at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, Canada
• Outstanding young scientist (under 35 years) award: Gave the best talk during the African Great Lakes Conference held on 2nd to 5th May 2017 in Entebbe, Uganda (https://www.africangreatlakesinform.org/article/african-great-lakes-conference-2017