Dr. Joseph K. Kimemia is currently working with Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) as a Chief Research Officer and the Director, Planning, Performance Management and Quality Control. He holds a PhD in Crop Science from University of Nairobi, an MSc Agronomy from Andra Pradesh Agricultural University/International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and a BSC Agriculture from the University of Nairobi. He has attended many local and international courses on research and research management.
At his present job at KALRO he is in charge of planning performance management and strategy development. He has worked at Coffee Research Foundation for over 30 years, 10 of which he was the CEO/Director of Research. Previously Dr. Kimemia had worked as a Farming Systems Agronomist in the arid and semi-arid lands of ASAL of Kenya for six years and as Agronomist for High Altitude maize program in Kenya for two years. He carried out research in farming systems for dry lands of Kenya and introduced the whole farm approach to research for the dry lands. In coffee, he focused his research on a cropping system approach in areas of intercropping, shade studies, organic production, and production systems for coffee in new areas and adaptation for climate change. He has published extensively and undertaken many consultancies nationally and internationally. He has been a board member of the African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA), Global Coffee Platform (GCP), Kenya Coffee Producers Association (KCPA) and Egaads Co. Ltd, a coffee farming company in Kenya. Dr Kimemia is a key founder member of the Kenya Coffee Platform (Sauti ya Kahawa) where he is currently the chairman. Dr. Kimemia has been decorated by the Government of Kenya with a Head of State Commendation (HSC) and Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) for his contribution to the development of the coffee sector in the country.