Dr. Joshua Kiplongei Cheboiwo

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Dr. Joshua Kiplongei Cheboiwo

Chief Executive Officer
E-mail : jcheboiwo@kefri.org
Researcher ID : 0000-0002-7212-0226
Designation : Chief Executive Officer
Expertise : Chief Research Officer - Economics and Marketing of Forest Products

Journal Papers

  1. Cheboiwo, J.K., Mutta, D., Kiprop, J., Gattama, S. (2018).Public Private Partnerships Opportunities for Forestry Sector Development in Kenya: Synthesis of Primary and Secondary Production Actors, and Trade in Kenya. Journal of Environment and Earth Science ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0948 (Online), Vol.8, No.1, 2018
  2. Cheboiwo, J.K., Nasroun, H., Mwamakimbullah, R. Kambugu R.K., Mutaganda, A. (2018). Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Forest Sector in Eastern Africa. Synthesis of Primary and Secondary Production Actors, and Trade, Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, ISSN 2222-1700 (Paper) ISSN 2222-2855, Vol.9, No.2, 2018
  3. Kagombe, J.K, Cheboiwo, J., Gichu, A., Handa, C. and Wamboi, J. (2018). Payment for Environmental Services: Status and Opportunities inKenya, Journal of Resources Development and Management, ISSN 2422-8397, Vol.40, 2018
  4. Kagombe, J.K., Kungu, J., Mugendi, D. Cheboiwo, J.K.(2018). Evaluating the Willingness to Pay for Watershed Protection in Ndaka-ini Dam, Muranga County, Kenya, Journal of Civil and Environmental Research, ISSN 2225-0514, Vol.10, No.1, 2018
  5. Cheboiwo, J.K.,Mutiso, F. and Cherono, F. 2017. A Review of Farm Forestry Evolution for the Last 100 Years in Kenya: A look at ome Key Phases and Driving Factors. Journal of Natural Science Research Vol. 6,No.16.
  6. Cheboiwo, J.K., Langat, D.K., Mutiso, F. and Cherono, F. 2017.Farm Forestry Development in Kenya. A Comparative Analysis of Household Economic Land Use Decisions in UasinGishu and Vihiga Counties, Journal of Earth Science, ISSN 2224-3216 (Paper) ISSN 2225-0948(online), Vol.6, No.8, 2016
  7. Cheboiwo, J.K., David Langat D.K., Kiprop, J. and Cherono, F. (2017). The Influence of Land Quality on Allocation of Land for Farm Forest in Kenya: The Case of Vihiga County. Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development (www.iiste.org), Vol.8, No.4, 2017
  8. Kagombe, J.M., Mbuvi, MTE and Cheboiwo, J.K. (2017). Role of Devolved Governance in Enhancing Incentives in Participatory Forest Management in Kenya. Journal of Environment and Earth Science, Vol.7, No.2.
  9. Cheboiwo, JK, Kipsat, J., Langat, D.K., Cherono, F. (2017). Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Farm Forestry Investment Decisions in Kenya: The Case of UasinGishu and Vihiga Counties. Journal of Resources Development and Management, ISSN 2422-8397, Vol.29, 2017.
  10. Langat, D., Cheboiwo, J.K. and Muchiri, M.N. (2015). Financial analysis of growing Eucalyptus grandisfor production of medium size power transmission poles and firewood in Kenya, African Journal of Agriculture and Utilisation of Natural Resources for Sustainable Development 1 (1): 38-45, ISSN 2313-1306
  11. Langat D.,Maranga E.K.,Cheboiwo, J.K and Aboud A.A. 2015. Forest use and dependence by forest adjacent households on Mau Forest ecosystem, Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development:ISSN-2360-798X, Vol.3(10). pp 326-337
  12. Cheboiwo, J.K, Mbinga, JK. And Mugabe, R. 2015. Potential Growth, Yields and Socioeconomic Benefits of Four Indigenous Species for Restoration in Moist Forests, Mau Kenya, J. Environment and Earth Sciences:Vol.5(6):72-84
  13. Langat D., Maranga E.K., Cheboiwo, J.K and Aboud A.A. 2015. Role of forest resources to Local livelihoods: The case of East Mau Forest ecosystem, Kenya. International Journal of Forestry Research. Vol.2016.Article ID 4537354, 10 pageshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4537354
  14. Mutiso, F.M. Cheboiwo, J.K. James LegilishoKiyiapi, J.L. and Sang F.K. 2015. Comparative Study of Sampling Methods for Efficient Diagnosis of Health Status of Selected Natural Forest Ecosystems in Kenya.Journal of Natural Sciences Research.Vol.5(2): 37-47
  15. Cheboiwo J.K., Mugabe R. and Langat D. 2014. Review of conservation of Prunusafricana and international trade opportunities for its bark in Kenya. Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering and Applied Sciences (JETEAS) 5(6): 372-377.
  16. Langat D. and Cheboiwo J.K. 2010.To conserve or not to conserve: A case study of forest valuation in Kenya. Journal of Tropical Forest Science22 (1):5-12 (2010).
  17. Mutiso F.M., Cheboiwo J.K. Mugo J.M. Sang F, Tarus G.K. and Chemitei G.K. 2013. The Challenges of Wild Game on Forest Plantations Management Objectives in Forest Ecosystems in Kenya. Research Journal in Engineering and Applied Sciences 2(2)106-112
  18. Cheboiwo, J.K. 1997. Economic and Non-Economic Determinants of Farm Forestry Development in Western Kenya: A case of Uasin Gishu and Vihiga Districts. D.Phil. Thesis. School of Environmental Studies, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
  19. Cheboiwo, J.K. 1991. Socio-Economic Issues in Rural Afforestation in Kenya. MSc Thesis, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


  1. Cheboiwo, J.K. 2014. Determinants of Farm Forestry Development in Western Kenya. LAMBERT Academic Publishers. Access No. 9783659517082

Book Chapter

  1. Cheboiwo J.K, Mugabe R.O. and Mbinga J.M. 2010.Economic Benefits of High Value Indigenous tree Species for Restoration of Moist Forests. In:Kigomo B.N, Kimiti J.M. and Tuwei P.K(eds). Forest Restoration Handbook for Moist Forests in Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. Kapukha M.M.and Cheboiwo J.K. 2010.Market access of wood and non-wood forest products from WestMau Forests. In:Kigomo B.N, Kimiti J.M.and Tuwei P.K.(eds). Forest Restoration Handbook for Mois Forests in Kenya,Nairobi,Kenya
  3. Langat D.K and Cheboiwo J.K 2010. The role of local communities in forest restoration. In: Kigomo B.N, Kimiti J.M.andTuweiP.K(eds). Forest restoration Handbook for Moist Forests in Kenya, Nairobi,Kenya.
  4. Langat D.K, Cheboiwo J. KandSuterT.2010.Overview on natural forest degradation in Kenya. In: Kigomo B.N, Kimiti J.M. and Tuwei P.K(eds). Forest Restoration Handbook for Moist Forests in Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.

Technical Notes /Protocols/Guidelines

  1. Cheboiwo, J.K., Langat, D., Ongugo, P. and Kipsaat, J. (2017). A Guideline for Market Surveys for Farm Forestry tree Products in Kenya, KEFRI Technical Paper, Nairobi, Kenya
  2. Langat, D, Otuoma, J. Kagombe, J., Cheboiwo, J.K., and Kigomo, B.(2017). Guidelines for Establishing Payment for Ecosystem Services Schemes in Kenya
  3. Langat D.K. and Cheboiwo J.K. 2015. Guide to Estimating Financial Returns from Tree Growing in Kenya. A Guide for Tree Growers, Extension Agents and Forest Managers in Kenya, KEFRI Technical Note
  4. Luvanda A.M., Musyoki J., Wekesa L. Cheboiwo, J.K. and Ozawa M. 2015. An assessment of the socio-economic importance of Melia volkensii based enterprises in Kenya.
  5. Cheboiwo J.K.,Biloko F., Abdalla A., Kambuku R.K. and Mutaganda A. 2015. Socio-economics of trans-boundary timber commodity chain in the East and Central Africa region.
  6. Langat D.K and Cheboiwo J.K. 2010. The role of local communities in restoration of Mau Forest Complex.KEFRI-FOREAIM Information Leaflet No.4.
  7. Langat D.K, Cheboiwo J.K. and Sibalet N. 2010. Mau Forest Ecosystem: Its importance and threats. KEFRI-FOREAIM Information Leaflet No.6.
  8. Kipkoech, A., Mogaga, E., Cheboiwo, J.K., and Kimaro, D., 2011. The Total Economic Valuation of Maasai Mau, Trans Mara and Eastern Mau Forest Blocks, of the Mau Forest, Kenya, Lake Victoria Basin Commission Secretariat, East Africa Commission and Environmental Research and Policy Analysis (K). 80pp
  9. Cheboiwo J.K, Mugabe R.O. and MbingaJ.M. 2010.Economics of restoring degraded forests with high value indigenous tree species in Mau Forest Complex. KEFRI –FOREAIMInformationLeafletNo.3.
  10. Cheboiwo J.K. and Ongugo P.O. 1989. Growing and managing Acacia mearnsii(Black wattle)in Kenya.Research Note No.2.
  11. KEFRI Devolution Strategy on Forestry Research and Development in Kenya. KEFRI Technical Paper. (2017)

Policy Briefs

  1. Cheboiwo J.K. 2015. Market performance of cross border timber trade in East and Central Africa. KEFRI Policy Brief No. 1.
  2. Cheboiwo J.K. 2015. Socio-Economic status of trans-boundary timber commodity chain in the East and Central Africa region. KEFRI Policy Brief No. 2.
  3. Cheboiwo J.K. and Langat D. 2015. Trans-boundary timber market players in the East African Region. KEFRI Policy Brief No. 3.
  4. Cheboiwo J.K. 2015. Potential opportunities in timber trade between Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. KEFRI Policy Brief No. 3.


  • 1985-1986 : Research Officer-Forestry Department, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
  • 1986-2020 : Kenya Forestry Research Institute

Administrative Responsibility

  • 1985-1989 : Founder Socioeconomics and Policy Research Programme, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KALRO)
  • 1991-1997 : Project Manager Kenya Japan Social Forestry Training Project, Kitui,Coordinator, Tiva dryland forestry technology development and species and provenance trials and Lower level training courses on nursery and forestry for eastern drylands in Kenya
  • 1997-1999 : Regional Director, Dryland Eco-Region Research Programme, Kitui. Coordinator, Research problem identification, planning, implementation, monitoring evaluation and co-ordination of dryland forestry research and development in the country.
  • 2003-2014 : Regional Director, Rift Valley Eco-Regional Research Programme. Coordinator, research problem identification, planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and co-ordination of montane natural forests, plantation and Dryland Research in Rift Valley.
  • 2014-2018 : Deputy Director, Socioeconomic, Policy and Governance Research Theme, KEFRI Headquarters
  • 2018-2019 : Acting Senior Deputy Director, KEFRI Headquarters
  • 2019- Current : Director, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, Coordinator: Research planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Resource mobilization, disbursement and prioritization research projects in accordance to KEFRI Strategic Plan 2013-2018

Academic Qualification

  • 1999-2003 : D.Phil Environmental Economics, Moi University, Kenya
  • 1989-2001 : MSc Forestry, Australian National University, Canbera, Australia
  • 1981-1985 : BSc Forestry, Moi Univerity, Eldoret, Kenya

Key Competencies

  1. Forest Economics
  2. Environmental Economics,
  3. Markets, marketing and trade in forest products

Other Courses

  1. Strategic Leadership