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. She has participated in relevant short courses e.g. Responsible Aquaculture Development from Wageningen University & Research in Netherlands and Project Proposal Development from The Common Wealth Blue Charter. 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 and KCSAP. 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 12 books and book chapters, 14 papers in peer reviewed journals and several technical reports. Currently, she is undertaking a KCSAP Project funded by the World Bank as the PI on “Development of novel nutrient-rich fish products for food and nutritional security in Western Kenya”. She has research interest towards realization of one of the four big agenda on food and nutrition security and SDG 2 on zero hunger and 5 on gender equality.

Research Network: Research Gate

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

2017 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.

  • Githukia, C., Onyango, D., Lusweti, D., Ramkat, R., Kowenje, C., Miruka, J., Lung’ayia, H. and Orina, P. (2022) An Analysis of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Communities in Lake Victoria, Kenya on Microcystin Toxicity. Open Journal of Ecology, 12, 198-210.
  •  Kyule-Muendo, D., Otachi E., Awour, F, J., Ogello E., Obiero, K., Abwao J., Githukia C., Munguti J. (2021) Status of Fish Health Management and Biosecurity Measures in Fish Farms, Cages and Hatcheries in Western Kenya. CABI Agriculture and Bioscience MS ID No CABI-D-21-00039
  •  Orina P., Ogello E., Kembenya E., Githukia C., Musa, Ombwa V., Mwainge V., Abwao J., Ondiba R, Kengere J., Karoza S (2021). The state of cage culture in Lake Victoria: A focus on sustainability, rural economic empowerment, and food security. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society. pp 56-63.
  •  Onyango D. O., Orina P.S., Ramkat R.C., Kowenje C., Githukia C. M., Lusweti D., H.B.O (2020). Review of current state of knowledge of microcystin and its impacts on fish in Lake Victoria. Lakes and Reservoirs. Pp 1–12. DOI: 10.1111/lre.12328.
  •  Githukia, C. M., Drexler S., Obiero, K.O., Nyawanda, B.O., Odhiambo, J. A Chesoli J.W & Manyala J.O. (2020). Gender roles and constraints in the aquaculture value chain in Western Kenya. African Journal of Agricultural Research 16(5), pp. 732-745, DOI: 10.5897/AJAR2020.14783.
  •  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 ) reared in earthen Ponds. Croatian Journal of Fisheries73: 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 carpioin Lake Naivasha, Kenya. International Journal of Current Research6 (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) and African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus Burchell 1822) in Urban Centres in Kenya International Journal of Advanced Research2 (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) 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 Studies1(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 Studies1 (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.

Book and Book chapters

  • Musa S., Githukia C., Okechi J., Kembenya E., Ombwa V., Hinzano S., & Abwao J., (2021). Inland Aquaculture: Trends and Prospects. In: Munguti et al., (Eds). State of aquaculture in Kenya 2021: Towards Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems; Chapter 2: pp 21-38.
  • Kyule- Muendo, D., Awuor F.J., Githukia C., Kendi J., Mziri V., Obiero K., & Orina P., (2021). Post-Harvest Management, Value Addition and Fish Marketing. In: Munguti et al., (Eds). State of aquaculture in Kenya 2021: Towards Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems; Chapter 6: pp103-112.
  • Ochiewo, J., Githukia, C., Awuor J.F., Ondiba R., Magondu, E., Mutune, M., Nyonje B., Orina P., Wanjiru C., & Kimathi A. (2021). Cross-Cutting Themes in Aquaculture Development in Kenya. In: Munguti et al., (Eds). State of aquaculture in Kenya 2021: Towards Nutrition-Sensitive Fish Food Production Systems; Chapter 9: pp137-152.
  • Munguti, J.M., Obiero K., Kyule D, Orina, P S, Githukia C.M, Opiyo M.A, Fonda J.A, Kembenya, 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.


  • 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)