Kevin Maina

Research themes
  • Science Policy
  • Gender
  • Food and nutrition
  • New Technologies
  • Markets and services
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
Research countries
  • Kenya
Professional experience

May 2021- to date: International Livestock Research Institute- Doctoral Fellow, ITM-SPIA project

Jan 2021- May 2021: International Livestock Research Institute- Pre-Doctoral Fellow, ITM-SPIA project

Feb 2020- ToDate: International Livestock Research Institute- , Agricultural Economist (Forage Seed Systems Project)

Nov 2019- Feb 2020: International Livestock Research Institute- Research Associate Volunteer (Africa-RISING livestock interventions Project)

Dec 2018-Oct 2019: Consultant Data (African Economic Research and Development Consultants (AFREDEC), HELP Logistics Ltd (Kuehne Foundation), & Green Research and Consulting Africa)- Conducting training and research support in research for development projects in East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania). Supported research activities on active surveillance of Anthrax across 18 Counties in Kenya using TextIT.

Jan 2018-Dec 2018: International Livestock Research Institute- Graduate Research Fellow: Designed and conducted impact studies on the adoption of Brachairia grass in Kenya and as a masters student


MSc. in Agricultural and Applied Economics- University of Nairobi, Kenya  

BSc. In Agriculture Economics and Rural Development- Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya

Funding institutions

ATSAF Academy for International Agricultural Research for Development- Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tropische und Subtropische Agrarforschung (ATSAF) e.V.

CGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish

Research affiliation

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Thesis title

Assessment of farmers’ preferences for bundled delivery of East Coast Fever vaccine amongst smallholder dairy producers in Kenya

Doctoral research funded by

German Ministry for Economic Cooperation via the ACINAR Project of the Agricultural Policy and Innovation Fund of the giz

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

Dr. Elizaphan James Rao (ILRI)

Advisor at ZEF

Dr. Martin Parlasca


Kevin W. Maina, Cecilia N. Ritho, Ben A. Lukuyu, & Elizaphan James O. Rao.  2022.  Opportunity cost of adopting improved planted forage: Evidence from the adoption of Brachiaria grass among smallholder dairy farmers in Kenya.  African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 17   : 48-63   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Lukuyu, B., Maina, K., Marwa, L., Haule, A., Githinji, J. and Kizito, F..  2021.  The effect of disseminating livestock extension messages using SMS on knowledge, attitude and practices of smallholder farmers - A case study of using the MWANGA Platform in Tanzania..  Further Information
Maina, K. W., Ritho, C. N., Lukuyu, B. A., Rao, E. J. O., & Mugwe, J. G..  2021.  Knowledge , attitudes , and practices of dairy farmers in the adoption of Brachiaria grass in Kenya.  Scientific African, 13 e00874   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Maina, K.W., Ritho, C.N., Lukuyu, B.A., and Rao, E.J.O,.  2020.  Socio-economic determinants and impact of adopting climate-smart Brachiaria grass among dairy farmers in Eastern and Western regions of Kenya.  Heliyon, 6(6) e04335   . (Open Access)   Further Information


Maina, K.W., Ritho, C.N., Lukuyu, B.A,, and Rao, E.J.O,.  2019.  Do farmers benefit financially from Adopting Improved Planted Forages: Evidence from Adoption of Brachiaria grass among smallholder dairy in Kenya.  Further Information

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Kevin Maina

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Economic and Technological Change

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