Bachelor of Science, University Nairobi, Kenya, 1988. Master of Science, University Nairobi, Kenya, 1992. Doctor of Philosophy, University Reading, 1999.
Research agronomist Lake Basin Development Authority, Kisumu, Kenya, 1991—1992. Assistant lecturer Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, 1992—1994, lecturer, 1994—2003. Senior lecturer University Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa, 2003—2008, head department, since 2003, associate professor, since 2008.
Chairman, board directors Mapfura-Makhura Incubator, Marble Hall, Limpopo, South Africa, 2008—2009.
Election observer, Nakuru, Kenya, 2007. Member of South African Society Crop Production, South African Council Natural Science Professions, African Crop Science Society, Association Applied Biologists.
Life partner Tracy Achieng Maina. Children: Vivien Akoth Ochanda-Ogola, Ruphina Aura Ochanda-Ogola.