Dr. Mercy Gichora

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Dr. Mercy Gichora

Chief Research Scientist
E-mail : mgichora@kefri.org
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Designation : Chief Research Scientist
Expertise : Entomology

Book Chapter

  1. Gichora, M. 2009. Current status and historical aspects of Kenya’s beekeeping. Part of chapter in ”Development of Beekeeping in Developing Countries and Practical Procedures – A case study in Africa”. A report by Japan Association for International Collaboration of Agriculture and Forestry (JAICAF).
  2. NEMA. 2011. Kenya State of the Environment and Outlook 2010. Lead author Chapter 5 on ‘Forests and Woodlands’. ISBN:9956-7460-5-6
  3. H. Kojwang, M. Gichora and P. Bosu. (2019). The status and trends of forest pests and diseases and their management in Africa. In: African Forest Forum. The state of Forestry in Africa - Opportunities and Challenges. pp 75 - 97Ngece, N.
  4. Gichora, M. 2020. In: Xing Quan Zhang, Irina Eichenauer and Wolfgang Ryll (Eds). Financing for Resilient and Green Urban Solutions in Mombasa, Kenya. UN Habitat. ISBN Number (Series): 978-92-1-133389-3 ISBN Number: (Volume) 978-92-1-132854-7. 100 pp.

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Day, R.; S. Atuahene; M. Gichora; E. Mutitu and D. Chacha. 1993. Sampling cypress aphids. Biological Control of Forest Aphids in Africa Technical Bulletin Series No. 2. IIBC.
  2. Republic of Kenya, 2016, National Forest Programme 2016 - 2030
  3. KEFRI. 2018. National Forest Health Research Strategy 2018 -2033
  4. Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fidheries and Cooperatives. Draft. National Agroforestry Research Strategy 2021 - 2030


  1. Gichora, M. 2003. In: Vlek, P. L. G. (Ed-in-Chief). ZEF Ecology and Development Series No. 6. Towards realization of Kenya’s Full Beekeeping Potential: A Case Study of Baringo District. Cuvillier Verlag, Goettingen, GERMANY. ISBN No. 3-89873-675-X. PhD Thesis. University of Bonn, Germany.
  2. Gichora, M. W. 1992 . The significance of fungal decay of Eucalyptus regnans F. Muell. heartwood for some aspects of the biology of Coptotermes lacteus (Frogatt). Master of Science Thesis. The Australian National University.


  • 7 July 1986 - present : Research scientist, Kenya Forestry Research Institute
  • December 2013 - June 2014 : Short term contract as a forest coordination expert by Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, State Department of Environment and Natural resources of the Republic of Kenya
  • 1996 Part time Lecturer : Forest Entomology (FOR 316) in the Department of Forestry, Moi University, Eldoret, KENYA.

Adminstrative Responsibilities

  • 1986-1999 : Head, Entomology Subprogramme, KEFRI
  • 1998 : Liaison Officer linking KEFRI/Forest Department, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. This marked the start of diversification from a purely research role to a more managerial one.
  • 1999/ 2003- 06 : Centre Director, Maseno Regional Research Centre, Kenya.
  • 2012 - 2017 : Chairperson, KEFRI Staff Retirement Benefits Scheme Board of Trustees whose worth was more than US$ 20 million in 2017. I stepped down for smooth succession after launching of a long term management strategy for 2017 – 2030.
  • 2019 - present : Chairperson, KEFRI Staff Housing Committee, KEFRI Headquarters and CHERP
  • 2019- present : Upon request, Acting DD-FPI

Academic Qualification

  • PhD (Agricultural Science/(Beekeeping Ecology), Centre for Development Research (ZEFc), University of Bonn, Germany. 2003.
  • Master of Science (Forestry), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1992.
  • Graduate Diploma (Forestry), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, 1990
  • Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, 1986

Key Competencies

  1. Professionalism
  2. Responsibility
  3. Gender issue awareness
  4. Objective Decision making
  5. Communication
  6. Leadership
  7. Trustworthiness & good ethics

Other Courses

  1. Women Executives Seminar. Kenya Institute of Administration. 1994
  2. Senior Management Course. Kenya Institute of Administration. 2004.
  3. Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit Course. Kenya Institute of Administration, 17th Mar – 4th Apr 2008.
  4. ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System Internal Audit Course. KEFRI Headquarters, 9th – 11th June 2010.
  5. Strategic Leadership Development Programme, Kenya School of Government, Mombasa campus. 3 November - 13 December 2019.