Dr. Catherine Kunyanga is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology, University of Nairobi with a PhD in Food Science and Technology. Her research interest focuses on Food Technology, Postharvest Management, Food and Nutrition Security, International Nutrition and Food Safety for improved livelihoods and income generation. She has published several papers in international journals on this subject as well as attended numerous trainings and conferences both locally and internationally.

Dr. Catherine Kunyanga, a food scientist at the University of Nairobi explains a point on how the tunnel solar dryer works at the upgraded and modernized Karurumo Self-Help Group fruit processing plant in Embu

Dr. Kunyanga is involved in a number of collaborative projects in various capacities which has provide her with skills in proposal writing, project management and planning and other skills. Most of her projects focus on improving food security and resilience of marginalized and vulnerable groups; nutrition status assessment; tools for assessment etc. in Arid and Semi-Arid (ASALs) regions of Kenya including Marsabit, Isiolo, Turkana, Garissa, Wajir, Laikipia, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui and Kajiado Counties. She also is engaged in training various women groups with the aim of empowering them socially and economically through different agro-processing technologies. She is also a member of several professional bodies locally and internationally.

She is currently engaged in a number of research projects mainly: Coordinator, Food Security Center, UoN and University of Hohenheim; Co-investigator, Tailored fermentation for delivery of wholegrain and cereal fibre-rich products (FIBRE – PRO)” Era Africa under the European Commission; Sub-project leader, WP 3, Meat Value Chain “Reduction of losses and value addition by strengthening small and medium enterprises in food processing to sustain value chains in East African postharvest systems (RELOAD Project)” sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education, Germany and; Co-investigator, Enhancing the Quality of graduates of agriculture to meet tomorrow’s food security challenge (PREPARE-BSc) funded under the ACP-EU Co-operation Programme in Higher Education (EDULINK II). These projects have enhanced her skills in various aspects ranging from proposal writing, project design, project planning and preparation, budget preparation, project implementation, data analysis, monitoring ad evaluation among others. She also manages a consultancy firm with project activities ranging from food safety, agribusiness, food technology, postharvest handling, food safety and food security among others. She has worked in different capacities as a researcher, project coordinator or consultant with different stakeholders in private-public partnerships, NGOs, local communities, governments and international collaborators through active networking.

Positions of Responsibility Held

Acting Chair, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology.

Acting Chair, Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Technology.

Member Faculty Sub-committee on Undergraduate Studies Admission

Member, College committee for UoN Strategic Plan implementation

Appointed as College National Values Champion, CAVS, 2016

ALUMNI coordinator, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nairobi, 2015 to-date.

Patron, Mentorship of Professional Organizations in the Faculty of Agriculture, Mentor and Chair of AFOSTEC, DFSNT.

Committee member, College committee for the Nairobi Innovation Week, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, 2015-2016.

Hon. Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Faculty Club House, University of Nairobi, 2016 – 2018

Technical committee member for Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) in the development of standards for processed cereals, pulses & legumes, meat and & meat products, soy textured products.

Instructor in Experiential Field Training Program on Sustainable Land Use Management with Wangari Mathai Institute in Collaboration with the University of Copenhagen.

Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board of Management in two high schools in Meru County for mentorship of young girls.

Chairman, Ray of Hope Kenya (ROHK), for social outreach in the community.

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), USA.
  • Kenya Institute of Food Science and Technology (KIFST)
  • Kenya Society of Microbiologists (KSM), Kenya
  • Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, Kenya

Community Social Responsibility and Service

  • Chair of the Board of Management (BOM) in Uringu Girls High School in Meru County.
  • Vice-chair, Board of Management (BOM) in Nkuene Girls High School in Meru County.
  • Chairperson, RAY of Hope Kenya (ROHK) for orphan children under St Joseph’ ACK church, Kabete.
  • Tree Planting for 2014 Wangari Maathai Day and Africa Environmental Day on “YOUTH – Healing the Earth; Environment. Education. Empowerment” held in Othaya on 3/03/2014 by Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies and UoN.
  • Experiential learning and community participation under ‘Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management (ILUNRM)’ course 2014 sponsored by Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies.
  • Training on solar drying of fruits and vegetables using solar dryers under USAID-funded Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project (KHCP) and Quality Management Systems and Associates (QSM), April 2014
  • Training on postharvest handling technologies of African Leafy vegetables under USAID-funded Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project (KHCP) and Quality Management Systems and Associates (QSM), April 2014.
  • Training on tomato paste, sauces and ketch production from tomatoes for smallholder producers and processors under USAID-funded Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project (KHCP) and Quality Management Systems and Associates (QSM), April 2014.
  • Training on solar drying of fruits using tunnel solar dryers and hygiene practices in processing for Sungold Limited, Meru County, 2013.
  • Training on postharvest handling technologies of green banana under USAID-funded Kenya Horticultural Competitiveness Project (KHCP) and Quality Management Systems and Associates (QSM), April 2014.
  • Training of meat processing and value addition of meat for SMEs and slaughterhouses in pastoral regions, 2016.