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Our Partners

Our Partners


Our Partners


Current and Future Partners of RESTECH

Research Institutions

Name of partner institution Area of Partnership
International Centre of Insect Psychology and Ecology (ICIPE) especially Thomas Odhiambo Campus at Mbita Point, Kenya.

Agricultural insect pests and insect vectors of public health importance.

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya.

Clinical aspects of insect-borne diseases.

International Centre of Insect Psychology and Ecology (ICIPE) especially Thomas Odhiambo Campus at Mbita Point, Kenya.

Agricultural insect pests and insect vectors of public health importance.

Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) Kenya.

Plant Natural Products Research.

Kenya Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Research Institute (KEMFRI), Kenya.

Aquatic Biodiversity especially fish.

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI).

Crop and livestock production.

African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi, Kenya

Technology and Innovation Policy Studies.

African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS), Nairobi, Kenya.

Technology policy studies.

Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research Analysis (KIPPRA), Nairobi, Kenya.

Socio-Economic Structure.

Institute of Policy Analysis Research (IPAR) Nairobi, Kenya.

Socio-Economic Studies.


Name of partner institution Area of Partnership
Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya Adaptation to:- Climate Change
Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya Public Health
University of Kwa-Zulu, Natal, South Africa Food Security
University of Bologue, Italy Food Storage and safety in East Africa.
Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya Agriculture
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda Agriculture

Kenya Government Ministries

Name of partner institution Area of Partnership
Ministry of Agriculture
  • Food security and Agriculture.
  • Strategy for Revitalizing Agriculture.
Ministry of Planning and National Development, Kenya.
  • National Development Plans.
  • Vision 2030 Economic Plan for Kenya.
National Environment Management Authority, Ministry of Environment and National Resources
  • National Policy on Adaptation to Climate Change.
Ministry of Health.
  • Insect borne diseases of public health importance
  • Nutritional studies.
Ministry of Water and Irrigation.
  • Agricultural Water Management.
  • Water and Sanitation
Ministry of Industries
  • National Policy on Industrialization.

Civil Societies (NGO's)

Name of partner institution Area of Partnership
Action Aid Institutional (Kenya)

Advocacy on Food Security Policy.

ITDG - the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) Nairobi, Kenya

Advocacy on Adaptation to Climate Change.

OXFAM, Kenya

Advocacy on Fair Trade among World Trade Organization (WTO) members.

World Vision International, Kenya

Advocacy on Child' Rights.

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Our Team


Prof. Wellington Otieno - Executive Director

Ms. Loice Loo - Programs Coordinator

Ms. Olivia Anyango Jagongo  - Finance & Administration Officer

Olivia Anyango Jagongo holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from the KCA University.. Prior to joining RESTECH, she worked as the Finance and Administration Officer for Gogni Rajope - a regional construction firm based in Kisumu. Olivia is currently pursuing CPA (level 4) at KCA Kisumu.

Kevin Ochieng' - Communications Officer

Berryl Ajaji - Administrative Assistant

Research Staff

RESTECH works with a team of multi disciplinary specialist on a range of policy-linked research areas. These researchers are experts in Climate change, Agriculture and Food Security, Energy and Health and are mostly affiliated to the Universities in the region. The researchers are drawn from various Institutions in Kenya and are an important part of RESTECH.

Kevin Ochieng' Omollo
Communications Officer

Our Background


Locally generated information is far more useful to a policy-maker than an imported idea that has to be re-engineered to fit a particular unique local problem. While international agencies have done commendable effort in supporting several kinds of research in Africa, they have nevertheless not paid much attention to assist in design of long-term and sustainable support to national or regional policy-linked research organizations.

With scarce funding for research budgets in Africa, including Kenya, RESTECH Centre was established to concentrate the scarce resources (human, material and financial) in a few carefully selected, policy-relevant research programmes where it has clear comparative advantages. The research programmes are multidisciplinary; and involve natural, physical and social scientists working together on trans-sect oral developmental issues.

The Centre has experienced researchers and development experts with strong background in food security, climate change, policy analysis and formulation, Programme management, training, institutional review, community based service management and organization management advisory. The centre is also richly staffed with multi-skilled professionals in programme management, social and physical research, communications and institutional capacity building.

Regionally, the RESTECH Centre is strategically located in the heart of Eastern Africa. The on-going economic integration of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan into East African Community makes RESTECH a regional hub of knowledge for the future.

Vision Statement

"To be a Center of excellence for policy research that spurs value-added growth and wealth".

Mission Statement

"To improve policy formulation, processing and implementation through evidence based research"

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Quality
  • Commitment
  • Innovation and creativity

Our Objectives

  • Promote RESTECH image and stakeholders satisfaction
  • Institutional strengthening and operational efficiency
  • Enhance RESTECH’s data and information repository capacity
  • Enhanced collaboration and partnerships and Lobbying and advocacy
  • Enhance resource mobilization and upscale policy research for growth and development

Executive Director


Professor Wellington Otieno

 Wellington Otieno is a senior Kenyan scientist with a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He is an internationally recognized scientist with over 22 years experience in research, project planning, policy analysis and capacity building. He took a Postdoctoral Research at Stanford University, USA before taking up a formal research scientist position at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a Professor of Biological Sciences at Maseno University before taking up the position of the Executive Director of Centre for Research and Technology Development (RESTECH). Prof. Otieno has wide management experience and has been a consultant for various international agencies and government institutions. He has been involved in the design and implementation of several programs in Agriculture and Rural Development in Africa. Prof. Otieno is also a member of many local and International organizations and standing committees including: Kenya Institute of Food Science and Technology, Association of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa Food Science and Technology, American Society of Entomologists, Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control and African Association of Agricultural Economists. He has authored several books and other publications in the field of agriculture, natural resources, nutrition and rural development and has also published widely in many refereed Journals.

Resource Center


Plans of establishing a Resource Centre (RC) furnished with the latest journals, books, and other research materials are currently underway at the RESTECH offices. The Centre is well poised to house an e-library that will allow access to other research resources online.

The main role of RESTECH Resource Centre (RRC) is to select, acquire and process information in order to support the policy analysis and research activities of the Centre. The main activities include:

  1. Library establishment, development and maintenance which will involve selection, acquisition and processing of documents, data base management, information searching and retrieval;
  2. Editing, designing, printing and distribution of RESTECH publications;
  3. Maintaining and updating the RESTECH website contents; and,
  4. Capacity building – we host interns, usually two to three at any given time in this Department.

The main mission of RRC is to select, acquire and assemble information resources and services and make these readily accessible, so as to encourage policy research and analysis.

Computerization of the RC

The RRC is incorporating the web-based system to enable wider acquisition and dissemination of policy research information emanating from RESTECH and from other researchers and institution associating with the Centre.

The RC is gradually building a wide selection of research materials both in print (books, journals, newsletters, etc.) and electronic formats (video and CD-ROMs). In addition, information available from other sources such as the Internet, and other libraries/information Centres and other research institutions or individuals will be made available as required.


The RC is poised to serve RESTECH staff, policy makers, visiting researchers, staff of collaborating institutions, scholars as well as postgraduate students from Kenyan universities.


In an attempt to promote teamwork and participatory research, the Centre developed workstation that allows research as well as project proposal development. Establishment of RESTECH’s Workstations furnished with a photocopier and six computers with internet connectivity enables researchers to attain higher levels of productivity.

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