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Dr. Domitila Kyule-Muendo

Dr. Domitila Kyule-Muendo

Dr. Domitila Kyule-Muendo has a vast knowledge and experience in fish and fish products development and their safety. She has published 3 books and over 15 papers in peer reviewed journals and has innovated thirteen fish products and an improved fish smoking kiln that have been adopted, validated and upscaled by fish traders across the country. She has also successfully collaborated with various institutions in aquaculture and in food safety/phytosanitary requirements in fish processing research managed by international and regional organizations such as UNIDO, AAK-Kenya, AFIPEK, ASARECA, KAPAP, CSAP projects implementation with funds from European Union (EU) and World Bank. Dr Kyule-Muendo is currently the Centre Director, KMFRI, Sagana and is involved in coordinating research activities at the centre and a facilitator in aspects of post harvest technologies, value addition and fish safety and general aspects of aquaculture. She sits in Technical & Vocational Education & training (TVET) Curriculum development committee on occupational standards for aquaculture Technicians, Kenya. She is also a liaison officer and technical committee member on county engagements and collaborations.

Research Network: Research Gate

KMFRI Sagana Aquaculture Research Centre
Fish safety and standards, Value addition and post harvest technologies in fish, Fish health management in aquaculture
Innovative research on fish product development/ value addition, safety of fish and fish products, development of policy briefs on aquaculture related issues for instance Fish breeding, nutrition, culture systems, value addition and post-harvest, fish safety among others so as to offer policy direction on the development of a sustainable Aquaculture Industry

2014 to 2019: PhD Microbiology, Kenyatta University, Kenya

2007-2009:  MSc in Limnology and Wetland ecosystems, UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands

1999-2003: Nairobi University BSC (Botany and zoology) Second class honors upper division

  • Fonda Jane Awuor, Kevin Obiero, Jonathan Munguti, John Ouko Oginga, Domitila Kyule, Mary A. Opiyo, Peter Oduor-Odote, Ernest Yongo, Horace Owiti & Jacob Ochiewo (2019) Market Linkages and Distribution Channels of Cultured, Captured and Imported Fish in Kenya Aquaculture Studies, 19(1),
  • Orina, P.S., Charo-Karisa, H., Munguti, J.M., Boera, P., Abwao, J., Kyule, D., Opiyo M. A.,Marcial H. and Rasowo, O. (2018). ) A Comparative Study of Labeo victorianus (Bouelenger, 1901) and Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) in Polyculture Systems. Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management 23 (1): 56-62.
  • 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.
  • Kyule, D.Opiyo, M.A. Ogello E., Obiero, K. Maranga, , 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.  ISSN 0378 – 9721.
  • Opiyo, M. A.,Mugo, J. B., Kyule, D. and Okemwa, G. (2016). Overview of Ornamental Fish Production in Kenya: Current status, Opportunities and Challenges. Bulletin of Animal Health and Production in Africa Special Edition 2016 - Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources, 64 (2): 193 – 200.  ISSN 0378 – 9721.
  • 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.
  • Kyule, D.,Opiyo, M.A., Yongo, Obiero, K., Munguti J. and 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 26 (6) Retrieved June 25, 2014, from
  • 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.



  • Domitila Kyule-Muendo, Jonathan M. 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
  • 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
  • Obiero K., Domitila Kyule et al 2017 State of Aquaculture in Kenya.



  • Member of Eastern Africa Water Association (EAWA)
  • Member of Aquaculture Association of Kenya (AAK)
  • Member of Sustainable Aquaculture Research Networks in Sub Saharan Africa (SARNISSA)
  • Member of Kenyatta University, Alumni
  • Member of Agricultural Show of Kenya (ASK)



  • Dr. Domitila Kyule-Muendo, Newsmakers of the week –On how fish farmers can increase yields- Sunday Nation, 1st September 2019
  • Dr. Domitila Kyule-Muendo seeds of Gold- Look out for better fish species in coming months, Saturday Nation 31st August 2019
  • Domitila Kyule, Seeds of Gold, on value addition in fish, Saturday Nation 16th February 2019