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Cecilia Githukia

Cecilia Githukia

Ms Cecilia Githukia is a Research Scientist in Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in the Aquaculture division. She is also a PhD student at Kisii University in Fisheries Management. She holds an MSc Degree in Aquaculture and BSc in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences both from Moi University.  She also holds a certificate in International Post Graduate in Limnology from IHE-The Netherlands. In the course of her research work in KMFRI, she has collaborated in the development and implementation of several projects funded by different donors such as LAVICORD, ASARECA, KAPAP and NRF. Ms. Githukia has been engaged in research activities in fish nutrition, fisheries and aquaculture socio economics and gender studies in the aquaculture value chain. She has co-authored 9 books and book chapters, 9 papers in peer reviewed journals and several technical reports. Currently, she is involved in research geared towards improvement of opportunities for gender in the aquaculture value chain, in realization of one of the four big agenda on food and nutrition security.

Research Network: Research Gate

KMFRI Kegati Aquaculture Centre
Fish nutrition, Fisheries and Aquaculture Socioeconomics and Gender studies in Aquaculture
Fish Nutrition, Fisheries Socioeconomics and Marketing, Gender studies in Aquaculture with an aim of improving livelihoods for gender for food and nutrition security and employment creation.

2015 to date: PhD in Fisheries Management, Kisii University, Kenya.

2009-2012: MSc in Aquaculture. Moi University, Kenya.

2005-2009: BSc in Fisheries and Aquatic science. Moi University, Kenya.

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.

Orina P.S., Ogello E., Githukia C.M., Musa S., Ombwa V., Mwainge V.M., Abwao J., Ondiba R.N and Okechi J.K (2018). State of Cage Culture in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Laxpress Services. ISBN 978-9966-114-79-2.

Ogello E.O., Githukia C.M., Kembenya E.M., Ombwa V., Musa S., (2018). Site Selection and Mapping of Cages In: Orina et al. (eds.) State of Cage Culture in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Chapter 2, pp. 5-10, Laxpress Services, Nairobi Kenya.

Orina P.S., Githukia C.M., Ondiba N.R., Abwao J. (2018). Cage technology In: Orina et al. (eds.) State of Cage Culture in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Chapter 3, pp. 11-17, Laxpress Services, Nairobi Kenya.

Kembenya E.M., Ogello E.O., Githukia C.M., Ombwa V., Okechi J.K (2018). Effects of Commercial and Cottage feeds on Tilapia growth performance and Water Quality. In: Orina et al. (eds.) State of Cage Culture in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Chapter 4, pp. 18-25. Laxpress Services, Nairobi Kenya.

Githukia C.M., Mwainge V.M., Kembenya E.M., Orina P.S (2018). Cage Fish Value Chain Analysis in Lake Victoria, Kenya. In: Orina et al. (eds.) State of Cage Culture in Lake Victoria, Kenya. Chapter 6, pp. 34-62. Laxpress Services, Nairobi Kenya.

Kyule-Muendo, D., Munguti J., Opiyo M., Obiero K.O., Githukia C.M., Orina P.S., Njiru J.M., and Charo-Karisa H (2017). Fish recipe Book 1. Kenya Literature Bureau. 9789966103635.

Munguti J M.,. Ogello E. O, Abwao J., Githukia C. M., Magondu E W. and. Mutune D. M (2017). Status of Fish feed production in Kenya. In: Munguti et al., (eds). State of Aquaculture in Kenya, Chapter 4, pp. 39-47. Laxpress Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

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.



Ogello E.O, Kembenya E.M, Githukia C.M, Aera C.N, Munguti J.M and Nyamweya C.S (2017): Substitution of fish meal with sunflower seed meal in diets for Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) reared in earthen ponds, Journal of Applied Aquaculture.

Githukia C.M, Kembenya E.M, Opiyo M.A (2016). Anaesthetic Effects of Sodium bicarbonate on African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) Juveniles at different concentrations, Journal of Aquaculture Engineering and Fisheries Research. 2 (3): 151-158.

Githukia C.M, Ogello E.O, Kembenya E.M, Achieng’ A.O, Obiero K.O and Munguti J.O. (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

 Aera C.N, Kembenya E.M, Ogello E.O, Githukia C.M, Yasindi A, Outa N.O and Munguti J.M. (2014). Length-Weight Relationship and Condition Factor of Common carp, Cyprinus carpio in Lake Naivasha, Kenya. International Journal of Current Research. 6 (9): 8286-8292. 

Githukia C.M, Obiero K.O, Manyala J.O, Ngugi C.C. and Quagrainie K.K. (2014). Consumer Perceptions and Preferences of Wild and Farmed Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) and African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus Burchell 1822) in Urban Centres in Kenya International Journal of Advanced Research. 2 (7): 694-705.

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 L.) fed commercial and on-farm formulated fish feed in earthen ponds. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 1(5): 12-17.

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) 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.

Ogello E, Kembenya E.M, Githukia C.M, Nyonje B.M and Munguti J.M. (2014). The occurrence of brine shrimp, Artemia franciscana (Kellog 1906) in Kenya and the potential economic impacts among Kenyan coastal communities. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies. 1 (5): 151-156.

Kembenya E.M, Ogello E.O, Githukia C.M, Aera C.N, Omondi R and Munguti J.M. (2014). Seasonal changes in length-weight relationship and condition factor of five fish species in Lake Baringo, Kenya. International Journal of Sciences: Basic and Applied Research. 6: 130-140.


  • Member of Eastern Africa Water Association (EAWA)
  • Member of Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa (SARNISSA)
  • Member of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and management Systems (AEHMS)