Abdalla Kiteo Kisiwa

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Abdalla Kiteo Kisiwa

Research Scientist
E-mail : akisiwa@kefri.org
Researcher ID : 0000-0002-4730-5210
Designation : Research Scientist
Expertise : Forest Livelihoods and Governance.

Journal papers


Book Chapters

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

Extension materials, leaflets and bulletins

  1. Domestication of Aloe turkanensis in Namoruputh Turkana County. CADEP- SFM website
  2. Rehabilitation of Rangelands through Grass Reseeding. CADEP- SFM
  3. Bamboo Products Catalogue. Compiled by J. Amwatta (Dr), A. Mwirigi, A. Kisiwa, N. Leley and S. Gitonga. (2017) http://kefriwatertowers.org/manuals.php
  4. Kenya’s Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (WaTER ) Programme. Component 4 bronchure
  5. Brochure on Propagation, management and utilization of eucalyptus


  • September 2015 – to date : Assistant Research Officer, Social Sciences, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), P.O Box 20412 - 00200 Nairobi, Kenya
  • January 2015 - September 2015 : Project Assistant, Citizen Voice in Devolved Governance" project, Aga Khan Foundation
  • July 2014 - November 2014 : Research Assistant at Population Council

Adminstrative Responsibility

  • January 2016- September 2018 : Dissemination Officer; Rift Valley Eco-Region Research Programme, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) P.O Box 382 - 20203 Londiani, Kenya.

Academic Qualification

2018-2020 : Masters of Science (MSc.) in Sustainable Tropical Forestry: Forests and livelihoods, jointly awarded by Copenhagen University, Denmark and Bangor University, United Kingdom

2010-2014 : Bachelors of Science (BSc.) in Community Development, awarded by Egerton University, Kenya

Key Competencies

Abdalla Kisiwa specializes in rural livelihoods and forest governance. He has empirical experience on (i) measuring the economic importance and linkage of natural resources to people’s livelihoods and wellbeing, (ii) decentralized forest governance and (iii) qualitative and ethnographic study of indigenous people. Globally, Abdalla has experience working on livelihoods and socio-ecological studies in the Miombo woodlands of Tanzania, the montane forests of Nepal and woodlands of the UK. He is a strong advocate of contemporary forestry dissemination platforms and a pioneer in the development and application of information based technology in dissemination of forestry technologies (e-extension learning).

Other Courses

  • 15th January – 18th February, 2018 : Regional Training Course on Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa through Social Forestry
  • 9th -15th July, 2017 : Collecting of Good Practices for Combating Desertification in the Horn of Africa. Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management in Kenya (CADEP-SFM).
  • 6th -13th May 2017 : Information Security Management System (ISMS), Champions and Implementers training.