Dr. John N. Kinyuru

Address:                       P.O. BOX 62000-00200, Nairobi.
Email:                          jkinyuru@agr.jkuat.ac.ke




University Background

Period Institution Achievement Subject
2015-2016 University of Cape Town Post-Grad Diploma Educational Technology
2009-2012 JKUAT PhD Food Science and Nutrition
2007-2009 JKUAT MSc Food Science and Technology
2001-2005 JKUAT BSc Food Science and Post-Harvest Tech.

Functions and Responsibilities

Period Position Institution


Director of Research and Innovations JKUAT
Senior Lecturer JKUAT


Teaching and Research Areas/Interests

  1. Insects for food and feed
  2. Food processing
  3. Functional foods


Research Projects

  1. Project Name: HEALTHYNSECT: Insects for improved livelihood
    Duration: 2020-Ongoing
    Goal: Utilizing edible insects to improve livelihoods in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.
    Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (MFA)
  2. Project Name: ENTO-ECONOMY: Enhancing food and nutrition security through promotion of edible insect’s value chain in Eastern Africa.
    Duration: 2018-Ongoing
    Goal: Establishing strengthening edible insects’ value chain in Kenya and Uganda.
    Funding: LEAP-Agri
  3. Project Name: Using the edible insect, grasshopper to enhance food security in East Africa
    Duration: 2016-2021
    Goal: Optimizing of rearing methods for long-horned grasshopper (Ruspolia) species with a view to implementing grasshopper farming technology in rural villages for food and nutrition security.
    Funding: VLIR-OUS, Belgium
  4. Project Name: Mass production and utilization of edible insects and cassava meal for feed security and improvement of livelihood for smallholder farmers in Kenya
    Duration: 2018-2021
    Goal: Evaluating the potential of use of non-conventional source of energy and protein nutrients usable in animal feeds industry through up-scaling and testing alternative strategies in mass farming of cricket and BSF (protein) and cassava (energy) for feed security and poverty eradication in Kenya
    Funding: National Research Fund, Kenya


Selected Research Publications

  1. Kinyuru, J., Kipkoech, C., Imathiu, S., Konyole, S., & Roos, N. (2021). Acceptability of cereal-cricket porridge compared to cereal and cereal-milk-porridges among caregivers and nursery school children in Uasin Gishu, Kenya. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 1-7. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42690-020-00388-1
  2. Ng’ang’a, J., Fombong, T. F., Kiiru, S., Kipkoech, C., & Kinyuru, J. (2021). Food safety concerns in edible grasshoppers: a review of microbiological and heavy metal hazards. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science (in press). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42690-020-00372-9
  3. Fombong, F. T., Kinyuru, J., Ng’ang’a, J., Ayieko, M., Mbi Tanga, C., Vanden Broeck, J., & Van Der Borght, M. (2021). Affordable Processing of Edible Orthopterans Provides a Highly Nutritive Source of Food Ingredients. Foods, 10(1), 144. https://www.mdpi.com/2304-8158/10/1/144
  4. Mutisya, M. M., Mawufe, A. K., Kinyuru, J. N., Tanga, C. M., Gicheha, M., Hailu, G., … & Niassy, S. (2021). Can Black Soldier Fly Larvae-Desmodium intortum based Diets enhance the Performance of Cobb500® Broiler Chickens and Smallholder Farmers’ Profit in Kenya? Poultry Science. 100(2), 420-430 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032579120308683
  5. Kinyuru, J. N. (2020). Nutrient content and lipid characteristics of desert locust (Schistoscerca gregaria) swarm in Kenya. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42690-020-00308-3
  6. Kiiru, S. M., Kinyuru, J. N., Kiage, B. N., Martin, A., Marel, A. K., & Osen, R. (2020). Extrusion texturization of cricket flour and soy protein isolate: Influence of insect content, extrusion temperature, and moisture‐level variation on textural properties. Food Science & Nutrition, 8(8), 4112-4120. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/fsn3.1700
  7. Nyangena, D. N., Kinyuru, J., & Imathiu, S. (2020). Climate change: a natural streamliner towards entomophagy? International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 1-15. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s42690-020-00292-8
  8. Kinyuru, J. N. (2020). Oil characteristics and influence of heat processing on fatty acid profile of wild harvested termite (Macrotermes subhylanus) and long-horned grasshopper (Ruspolia differens). International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, 1-7. (in press) https://doi.org/10.1007/s42690-020-00337-y
  9. Ochieng, B. A., Owino, W. O., Kinyuru, J. N., Mburu, J. N., & Gicheha, M. G. (2020). Effect of low tannin sorghum based feeds on broiler meat nutritional quality. Journal of Agriculture and Food Research, 2, 100078. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666154320300594
  10. Kamau, E., Mutungi, C., Kinyuru, J., Imathiu, S., Affognon, H., Ekesi, S., … Fiaboe, K. K. M. (2020). Changes in chemical and microbiological quality of semi-processed black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens L.) larval meal during storage. Journal of Insects as Food and Feed, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.3920/jiff2019.0043