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Dr. Jonathan Munguti

Dr. Jonathan Munguti

Dr Jonathan Munguti a Principal Research Officer in KMFRI is the Deputy Director and Head of Aquaculture Division in the Institution as well as the Joint Secretary to the National Aquaculture Development Working Group. He has vast knowledge on fish nutrition and has headed several national task forces including the Economic Stimulus Program (ESP) Feed component aimed at promoting aquaculture growth through quality and affordable fish feeds in Kenya. He is also a facilitator in the Fisheries and Aquaculture MSc. Module for the International MSc. Program in Limnology & Wetland Ecosystems offered by Egerton University (Kenya) and University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Austria) under the support of UNESCO-IHE DELFT. Dr Munguti has successfully supervised 5 PhD students and 21 MSc students from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Austria and the Netherlands.   Dr Munguti served as a taskforce member of the Kenya Agriculture Sector Transformation & Development Strategy (ASTDS). He is member of National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) for National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) and a member of Research Grants Management Committee (RGMC), in the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP). He sits in Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research institute (KMFRI) Scientific and Technical Management Committee which guides research agenda for the organization.


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KMFRI Sagana Aquaculture Centre
Fish nutrition, Fish Health management and Water Quality Management
: Research on aquaculture nutrition, the use alternative fish feed ingredients, development of policy briefs on aquaculture related issues (breeding, nutrition, culture systems, value addition and post-harvest) to offer policy direction on the development of a sustainable Aquaculture Industry

2004 - 2007: PhD Aquaculture Nutrition, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life sciences Vienna, Austria

2000-2001: Environmental science and technology (Limnology & Wetland Ecosystems) IHE. Delft the Netherlands

1995-1999: B. Ed Sc. Hons (Zoology/chemistry), Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya 

  1. Obiero K.O, Waidbacher H., Nyawanda B.O, Munguti J.M & Manyala J.O., Kaunda-A. B (2019) Predicting uptake of aquaculture technologies among smallholder fish farmers in Kenya,  Aquaculture International
  2. Fonda, J. A., Obiero, K., Munguti, J., Oginga, J.O., Kyule, D., Opiyo, M. A., Oduor-Odote, P., Yongo, E., Owiti, H. & Ochiewo, J. (2019). Market linkages and distribution channels of cultured, captured and imported fish in Kenya Aquaculture studies, 19(1),
  3. Kihia CM, Gitonga LM, Tembo J, E Kanyeki, J Munguti & B Muli (2018) Fishing power of conventionally harvested wetland baitworms compared to black soldier fly larvae as alternative baits in tropical artisanal hook fishery, International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  4. Orina, P.S., Charo-Karisa, H., Munguti, J.M., Boera, P., Abwao, J., Kyule, D., Opiyo M. A., Marcial H. and Rasowo, J. O. (2018). A Comparative Study of Labeo victorianus (Bouelenger, 1901) and Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) in Polyculture Systems (Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management 2018, 1-7)
  5. Aloo PA, Charo-Karisa H, Munguti J.M & B. Nyonje (2017) A Review on the Potential of Aquaculture Development in Kenya for Poverty Alleviation and Food Security. African Journal Food Agriculture Nutrition Development 17 (1): 11832-11847
  6. Omondi G., Otachi E & Munguti (2017) Growth performance of mixed sex Nile tilapia in cage monoculture and Polyculture with African catfish. Aquaculture International DOI 10.1007/s10499-017-0143
  7. Omolo K. M, Onyango A, Magoma G, Munguti J, Masinde WP and K. Ogila (2017). Effect of varying dietary proportions of linseed and olive oils on fatty acid composition of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) under aquaponics culture system. African Journal of Fisheries Science ISSN 2375-0715 5 (3) 238-248
  8. Ogello, EO. & Munguti J.M (2016) Aquaculture: a promising solution for food insecurity, poverty and malnutrition in Kenya. African Journal of Food Agriculture, Nutrition and Development, 16 (4): 11332 – 11351
  9. Kirimi J. G., Musalia L. M. & Munguti J. M. ( 2016) Effect of replacing fish meal with blood meal on chemical composition of supplement for Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticusEast African Agricultural & Forestry Journal
  10. Ogello E., Kembenya R., Githukia C., Aera C., Munguti J.M. & Nyamweya C.S. (2016) Substitution of fish meal with sunflower seed meal in diets for Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) reared in earthen ponds. Journal of Applied Aquaculture
  11. Opiyo, M.A., Orina, P., Kyule, D., Munguti, J. M. Nyonje, B.M. and Charo-Karisa, H. (2016) Growth performance and survival of three African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus, Burchell 1882) strains reared in hapas in Kenya. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa Special Edition 2016 - Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources, 64 (2): 31 – 39. ISSN 0378 – 9721.
  12. Kyule, D. Opiyo, M.A. Ogello E., Obiero, K. Maranga, B., Orina, P., Charo-Karisa, H. and Munguti, J. 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 Special Edition 2016 - Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources 64 (2): 69 – 78.
  13. Kirimi, J.G, Musalia1 L.M Magana A. & Munguti J.M (2016) Performance of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Fed Diets Containing Blood Meal as a Replacement of Fish Meal. Journal of Agricultural Science; 8 (8) 1916-9760.
  14. Ogello E.O, Kembenya E.M, Obiero K.O, and M. Munguti (2016) Effects of Nicotina tobacum (Linnaeus) on the survival and behavioral response of the freshwater leeches, Hirudinaria sp. International Journal of Aquatic Science 7 (1) 19-24
  15. Obiero K. O, Abila R. O, Njiru M. J., Raburu P. O, Achieng A O., 4 Kundu R, 5 Erick 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: 1–16
  16. Githukia, C.M., Ogello, E.O., Kembenya, E., Achieng’, A.O., Munguti, J.M(2015) Comparative growth performance of monosex (males) and mixed sex Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus ) reared in earthen ponds. Croatian Journal of Fisheries, 42-53
  17. Munguti, J.M., Ogello, E.O., Liti D., Waidbacher, H., Straif, M and Zollitsch, W. (2014) Effects of pure and crude papain on the utilization and digestibility of diets containing hydrolyzed feather meal by Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticusInternational Journal of Advanced Research 2 (6) 809-822
  18. Opiyo M.A., Munguti J.M., Ogello E.O., Charo-Karisa H. (2014) Growth Response, Survival and Profitability of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Fed at Different Feeding Frequencies in Fertilized Earthen Ponds. International Journal of Science and Research. 3 (9) 2319-7064
  19. Musa S M., Orina P S., Aura C M., Kundu R, Ogello E. O., Munguti J M ( 2014) The Effects of Dietary Levels of Protein and Greenhouse on Growth, Behaviour and Fecundity of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Broodstock. International Journal of Science and Research 3 (10) 2271-2278
  20. Munguti, J.M., Musa, S., Orina, P.S., Kyule, D.N., Opiyo, M. A. Charo-Karisa, H and Ogello, E.O. (2014). An overview of current status of Kenyan fish feed industry and feed management practices, challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies; 1(6): 128-137. ISSN: 2347-5129
  21. Abwao J. O, Boera P.N, Munguti J. M, Orina P.S & Ogello E.O (2014) Effect of Different Artificial Diets on the Culture Potential of Labeo victorianus (Boulenger, 1909) Reared in Aquaria. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 2(1): 147-152
  22. Munguti, J. M., Mugiranea, J. K. and Ogello, E. O. (2014) An Overview of the Kenyan Aquaculture Sector; Current status, Challenges and Opportunities for Future Development. Fisheries and aquatic sciences17(1), 1-11.
  23. Aera C. N., Kembenya E. M., Ogello E.O, Githukia C.M, Andrew Yasindi A., Outa N and Munguti J.M (2015) Length-Weight Relationship and Condition Factor of Common Carp (cyprinus Carpio) In Lake Naivasha, Kenya. International Journal of Current Research6 (09) 8286-8292.
  24. Kembenya E. M, Ogello E.O, Githukia C. M., Aera C.N., Omondi R and Munguti J. M (2014) Seasonal Changes of Length -Weight Relationship and Condition Factor of Five Fish Species in Lake Baringo, Kenya
  25. Ogello E. O., Munguti J. M., Sakakura Y. and Hagiwara A (2014) Complete Replacement of Fish Meal in the Diet of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Grow-out with Alternative Protein Sources. A review. International Journal of Advanced Research 2 (8) 962-978
  26. Kembenya E. Migiro Erick Ochieng Ogello and Jonathan Mbonge Munguti (2014) The Length-Weight Relationship and Condition Factor of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus ) Broodstock at Kegati Aquaculture Research Station, Kisii, Kenya International Journal of Advanced Research, 2 (5) 777-782
  27. Kyule D. N, E Yongo, M A Opiyo, K Obiero, J M Munguti and H Charo-Karisa (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 26 (06)
  28. Orina P S, J G Maina, S M Wangia, E G Karuri, P G Mbuthia, B Omolo, G O Owiti, S Musa and J M Munguti (2014) Situational analysis of Nile tilapia and African catfish hatcheries management: a case study of Kisii and Kirinyaga counties in Kenya, Livestock Research for Rural Development 26 (05)
  29. Obiero, K., Opiyo, M.A., Munguti, M.J., Orina, P.S., Kyule, D., Yongo, E., Githukia, C.M. and Charo-Karisa, H. (2014). Consumer preference and marketing of farmed Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) 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. ISSN: 2347-5129.
  30. Orina P.S.,M. Munguti, M.A. Opiyo, H.C. Karisa (2014) Optimization of Seed and Broodstock Transport Densities for Improved Survival of Cultured Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus, L. 1758) International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic studies 1(5): 157-161
  31. Opiyo M.A., Githukia, C.M., Munguti J.M., and Charo-Karisa, H. (2014) Growth performance, carcass composition and profitability of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus ) fed commercial and on-farm formulated fish feed in earthen ponds. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies, 1(5): 12-17. ISSN: 2347-5129.
  32. Ogello E. O, Musa S.M, Aura C.M, Abwao J O & Munguti J M (2014) An Appraisal of the Feasibility of Tilapia Production in Ponds Using Biofloc Technology: A review. International Journal of Aquatic Science (ISSN: 2008-8019) Indexed in: Thomson Reuters (ISI)
  33. Ogello, E. O, Obiero K.O and 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 - Volume 7(2) ISSN: 1844-6477
  34. Ogello EO, Mlingi FT, Nyonje BM, Charo-Karisa H and JM Munguti (2013) Can integrated livestock-fish culture be a solution to east Africa’s food insecurity? A review Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND). Volume 13 No. 4 September 2013. ISSN NO 16845374
  35. Charo-Karisa, H., Opiyo, M.A., Munguti, J.M., Marijani, E. and Nzayisenga, L. (2013). Cost benefit analysis and growth effects of pelleted and unpelleted farm made feeds on African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) in earthen ponds. Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND). Volume 13 No. 4 September 2013. ISSN NO 16845374.
  36. Musa S. M, Aura C M, Ogello E O, Omondi R, Charo-Karisa H and Munguti J M (2013) Haematological Response of African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus Burchell 1822) Fingerlings Exposed to Different Concentrations of Tobacco (Nicotiana tobaccum) Leaf Dust. ISRN Zoology, Article ID 492613,7 pages
  37. Munguti J.M, Charo-Karisa H, Opiyo M, Ogello E, Marijani E, Nzayisenga L & D Liti (2012). Nutritive value and availability of commonly used feed ingredients for farmed Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) and African catfish (Clarias gariepinus, Burchell) in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development 12 (3) 6135- 6155.
  38. A. Kassahun, H. Waidbacher, J. M. Munguti and W. J. Zollitsch (2012) Locally available feedstuffs for small-scale aquaculture in Ethiopia – a review. Journal for Land Management, Food and Environment Die Bodenkultur 51 63 (2–3)
  39. Ogello E. O; R. Omondi, Opiyo M; H Charo, J.M. Munguti & C. M. Aura (2012) Survival and Avoidance Response of the Freshwater Gastropod Melanoides tuberculatus (Muller) to Different Concentrations of Tobacco Waste, Aquaculture Research43 1571-1576
  40. T.M, D. L. Nyende, S. Kagoda, J.M Munguti. & W. W. Mwanja. (2010) Characterisation of Fish Oils of Mukene (Rastrineobola argentae) of Nile Basin Waters – Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga and the Victoria Nile River. Tropical Freshwater Biology19(1) 49 – 58
  41. Florio, A. Gustinelli, M. Caffara, F. Turci, F. Quaglio, R. Konecny, T. Nikowitz, E. M. Wathuta, A. Magana, E. O. Otachi, G. K. Matolla, H. W. Warugu, D. Liti, R. Mbaluka, B. Thiga, J. Munguti J.M., P. Akoll, W. Mwanja, K. Asaminew, Z. Tadesse, M. L. Fioravanti (2009) Veterinary and public health aspects in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus niloticus) aquaculture in Kenya, Uganda and EthiopiaIttiopatologia 651-93
  42. Charo-Karisa, H., Munguti J.M., Waidbacher H., Liti D., Zollitsch W. (2009) Low-input cage culture: towards food security and livelihood improvement in rural Kenya EC FP7 Project, SARNISSA
  43. Nalwanga R, Liti, D.M, Waidbacher H, MungutiM, Zollitsch, W. J (2009) Monitoring the nutritional value of feed components for aquaculture along the supply chain – an East African case study. Journal of Livestock Research for Rural Development 21 (9) 1-12.
  44. Munguti J.M., Waidbacher H., Liti D.M., Straif M. & Zollitsch W. (2009) Effects of substitution of freshwater shrimp meal (Caridina nilotica Roux) with hydrolyzed feather meal on growth performance and apparent digestibility in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) under different culture conditions. Journal of Livestock Research for Rural Development, 21 (8) 1-13.
  45. Munguti J.M., Liti D.M., Waidbacher H., Straif M. & Zollitsch W. (2006) proximate composition of selected potential feedstuffs for fish production in Kenya. Austrian Journal of Agricultural Research57 (3) 131 -141
  46. M. Liti, R.M. Mugo, J.M. Munguti & H. Waidbacher (2006). Growth and economic performance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) fed on three brans (maize, wheat and rice) in fertilized ponds. Aquaculture Nutrition12 1-7
  47. Waidbacher H., Liti D.M., Fungomeli M., Mbaluka R.K., Munguti J.M. & Straif M. (2006) Influence of feeding rates and pond fertilization on growth performance measures, economic returns and water quality in a small-scale cage-cum-pond integrated system for production of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticusAquaculture Research, 37, 594-600.
  48. Liti D.M., Waidbacher H., Straif M., Mbaluka R.K., Munguti J.M. & Kyenze M.M (2006) Effects of partial and complete replacement of freshwater shrimp meal (Caridina nilotica Roux) with a mixture of plant protein sources on growth performance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in fertilized ponds. Aquaculture Research, 36, 746-752.
  49. Liti D.M., Fulanda B., Munguti J.M., Straif M., Waidbacher H. & Winkler G. (2005) Effects of open-pond density and caged biomass of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus ) on growth, feed utilization, economic returns and water quality in fertilized ponds. Aquaculture Research, 36, 1535-1543.
  50. Liti D.M., Munguti J.M., Kreuzinger N., & Kummer H. (2005) Effects of sodium chloride on water quality and growth of Oreochromis niloticus in earthen ponds, African Journal of Ecology, 43, 170-176
  51. Liti D.M, Cherop L., Munguti J.M. & Chhorn, L. (2005) Growth and economic performance of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) fed on two formulated diets and two locally available feeds in fertilized ponds. Aquaculture Research36, 746-752
  52. Liti D.M andM. Munguti. (2002) Use of local technology to promote aquaculture development in Sagana Kenya and Aquaculture development in Kenya. Aquanews. 17 (4) pp 1-3 USA



  1. Munguti, J.M., Obiero K., Kyule D, Orina, P S, Githukia C.M, Opiyo M.A, Fonda J.A, Elijah E, Ondiba R., Abwao J, Musa S, and Njiru J. (2019) Training of Trainers (ToT) manual for aquaculture value chain, Master Trainers’ Manual, Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP) Secretariat, KALRO Headquarters
  2. Munguti, J. M., Obiero, K. O., Orina, P.S., Musa, S., Mwaluma, J., Mirera, D.O, Ochiewo, J. Kairo, J. and Njiru J. M. (Eds.) (2017). State of Aquaculture in Kenya. Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya. 133 p.
  3. Domitila Kyule-Muendo, Jonathan Munguti, Mary A. Opiyo, Kevin O. Obiero, Cecilia M. Githukia, Paul S. Orina, James M. Njiru and Harrison Charo-Karisa (2017) Fish Recipe Book, Vol. 1, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi, Kenya. 45pp
  4. Mary Opiyo, Harrison Charo-Karisa, Kevin Obiero, Jonathan Munguti, Paul S. Orina, Erick O. Ogello, Julius Nyoro, Domitila N. Kyule, Betty Nyonje, and Bethuel O. Omollo (2017). Overview of Good Aquaculture Practices in Kenya. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), 34pp.
  5. Mary Opiyo, Harrison Charo-Karisa, Betty Nyonje, Bethuel Omollo, Paul Orina, Miriam Wainaina, Kevin Obiero and Jonathan Munguti (2017). Good Aquaculture Practices in Seed Production in Kenya. (KMFRI), Kenya Literature Bureau, Kenya 60pp.
  6. Jonathan Munguti (2015) Linking fish production with markets in Kenya In: KAPP and IIRR. 2015. Fruits of our toil: Increasing agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers in Kenya. Kenya Agricultural Productivity Programme and International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Nairobi.
  7. Harrison Charo-Karisa, Jonathan Munguti, Henry Ouma, Mutune D. Masai, Mary Opiyo, Pual Orina, John K Okech (2011) Fish farmers manual, for beginner’s students and hatchery managers, Kenya Marine & Fisheries Research Institute. River brooks Communication Network publishers, Nairobi Kenya
  8. Liti D.M. & M. Munguti (2003) Utilization of organic resources in fish farming. In Savala C. E. N. Omare, Woomer P.L (Eds) Organic resource management in Kenya Perspectives and Guidelines. 6:43-50


  • National Council member of Eastern Africa Water Association (EAWA)
  • Member of Aquaculture Association in Kenya (AAK)
  • Member of Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa (SARNISSA)
  • Associate Member of the regional Lake Victoria Research Initiative (VicRes) Aquaculture
  • Member of University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Austria, Alumni
  • Member of Israel MASHAV’s Shalom Club
  • Member of Red Cross Society of Kenya


  1. Jonathan Munguti (May 2nd 2009) Fish farming initiative could boost tilapia production (Standard Newspaper)
  2. Jonathan Munguti (July 2009) Villagers turn stone into fish; Daily News Article Daily
  3. Jonathan Munguti (2018) Alarm as China fish threaten to drown Kenya’s fish industry, Counties work to salvage “Sinking” sub- Sector Sunday Nation4th February 2018