Kenya Forestry Research Institute
            A Centre of Excellence in Forestry Research


Major Achievements

The Institute made the following achievements under the various research, support and development programmes:

Farm Forestry Research Programme

* Developed technologies including use of leguminous trees and shrubs for biomass transfer and improved fallows to enhance soil fertility and land productivity

* Selected and popularized high value tree species, including Grevillea robusta, Eucalyptus species, Casuarina species, Markhamia lutea, Gmelina arborea and various varieties of mangoes for on-farm
planting in diverse ecological zones

* Established 20 hectares of seed orchards for selected tree species to provide high quality seed for on-farm tree growing

* Promoted commercial tree farming in Coast, Central, Rift Valley and Western Kenya regions

* Developed technologies for efficient processing of wood for timber and biomass energy

* Published guidelines on planting of Eucalyptus species

* Developed body cream and livestock feed from Jatropha curcas and Croton megalocarpus respectively

Natural Forests Research Programme

* Developed technologies for rehabilitation of water catchments and degraded natural forests
* Developed technologies for management and utilization of medicinal plants
* Developed 15 utility bamboo products
* Enhanced capacity of stakeholders in bamboo growing, processing and utilization
* Published training manuals on Participatory Forest Management (PFM)

Drylands Forestry Research Programme

* Developed technologies and guidelines on harvesting and post-harvest handling of gums and resins and linked eight communities to markets

* Developed technologies and guidelines on propagation of Sandalwood
* Developed five products from Prosopis as a major strategy to combat its invasive nature through utilization
* Developed technologies for management of Prosopis to promote herbaceous regeneration and biodiversity
* Published guidelines for rehabilitation of degraded areas in drylands
* Developed non-wood forest products from Aloe species, Adansonia digitata, Tamarindus indica and Vitex payos
* Developed technologies for domestication of indigenous species including Terminalia brownii, Terminalia spinosa, and Vitex payos

Industrial Forest Plantations Research Programmes

* Developed high yielding Eucalyptus grandis variety
* Developed methods for surveillance and management of tree pests and diseases
* Provided advisory services on forest pests and diseases
* Established 31 ha of seed orchards and 22 ha of seed stands to provide high quality seed for plantation tree species
* Developed web-based Decision Support System for growing Grevillea robusta

Tree Seed Programme

* Produced and distributed 51 tonnes of high quality tree seed
* Decentralized seed supply to KEFRI regional centres, and seed agents
* Selected, registered and mapped 20 seed sources
* Identified and trained tree seed stockists across the country

Technology Dissemination and Service Programme

* Published 110 scientific papers and extension materials
* Conducted 5 Regional Social Forestry, 15 Participatory Natural Resource Management and 15 Nursery Establishment and Management courses

* Held 30 open days, 70 field days, 15 radio talks, 7 TV shows and participated in 20 ASK shows
* Published 20 print media features
* Organized and hosted a National Forestry Scientific Conference and an International (IUFRO-FORNESSA) Forestry Congress

Partnership and Networks Programme

* Established 30 national and international collaborative initiatives
* Increased the number of donor funded projects from 30 to 48

Corporate Affairs and Public Relations

* Re-branded 2 regional centres for focused research and to raise KEFRI profile in the respective eco-regions and counties
* Developed and launched KEFRI Service Charter

Institutional Capacity Building

Infrastructural Development

* Constructed one office block each in Gede, Garissa, Turbo, Kakamega and Marigat research centres, a modern quarantine insectary at KEFRI headquarters and renovated Lodwar sub-centre
* Upgraded hostels at KEFRI headquarters and Kitui Regional Research Centre

Human Resource Development
* Trained scientists at doctorate (8), masters (6) and undergraduate (10) levels
* Carried out the following skills improvement courses: Information Communication Technology; science writing; strategic leadership and change management; senior management; finance management; electronic record management; nursery management; Balanced Score Card (BSC); and health and safety

* Developed and operationalized new schemes of service to improve terms and conditions of service for staff
* Revised Human Resource Manual
* Established and operationalized staff medical insurance scheme
* Established Resource Mobilization, Enterprise, Planning and Budgeting, and Geographical Information System offices

Information Communication and Technology

* Computerized Accounts, Procurement and Human Resource processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness
* Installed Local Area Network (LAN) at headquarters, four regional centres and two sub-centres
* Enhanced internet connectivity in all centres
* Re-designed institutional website to improve communication, information sharing and institutional visibility


* Attained ISO 14001: 2004 EMS certification
* Achieved and maintained a score of “Very Good” in the category of State Corporations under the Government of Kenya (GoK) Performance Contracting evaluation
* Undertook midterm review of the Strategic Plan 2008-2012
* Developed 2013-2018 Strategic Plan using BSC approach


* Increased GoK funding from Kshs. 667 million to Kshs. 1 billion
* Increased donor funding from Kshs. 25 million to Kshs. 70 million
* Increased revenue from Kshs. 23 million to Kshs. 60 million