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Dr. Cecilia Moraa Onyango

Dr. Cecilia Moraa OnyangoDr. Cecilia Moraa Onyango - Board Member OCA
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Dr. Cecilia Moraa Onyango is a board member of OCA and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi. Dr. Onyango earned her PhD from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and both her MSc. in Horticulture and BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi.

She has over 15 years of experience in a broad range of  agricultural practice and related sustainable development  areas which include; crop production and postharvest handling with a focus on production environment and food safety; conservation of biodiversity; eco-efficient bio-resource management; stress physiology and temperature-based modulation of plant growth and development; grading and standards; and participatory farmer and end-user technology evaluation, selection and adoption.

Her expertise and experience continues to impact various levels of value chain stakeholder interests including; policy, strategy, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and related skills transfer. Additionally, she has consultancy knowledge, skills and expertise on systems intensification and market led sustainable socio-economic development.

 Dr. Onyango has proven leadership and management skills and experience: She has provided leadership in executing various projects to provide information on crop production practices and food quality which include; agroecological intensification techniques for climate change adaptation and mitigation; and consumption trends and the safety of foods sold and consumed in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region.

Dr. Onyango is a firm believer in an engendered development approach to ecosystem health and sustainability; she believes that there is a strong linkage between soil health, crop production environment and practices, and the quality and safety of the harvested product, which product is ultimately consumed for nourishment to achieve food and nutrition security and ultimately a sustainably improved quality of health and life.

Catherine Kinyanjui

cateCatherine Kinyanjui is a board member of OCA. She represents the interests and aspirations of a mostly young Kenyan population. Her role in the board is strategically defined to represent the ageless and futuristic vision of OCA. Catherine is a development practitioner with over half a decade of experience in development research and policy formulation on regional growth and development in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region.

A majority of these experiences have been in continuously improving the living environment with a critical look at sustainable natural resource utilisation and management.

Key among the solutions she has actively participated in and promoted include sustainable small holder agricultural production which embraces organic agriculture, sustainable resource exploitation, private sector inclusion and promotion of sustainable and environmentally friendly development efforts. These interventions have resulted in improved access to affordable livelihoods and adequate nutrition for rural communities, especially the youth and women. All these efforts are aimed at improving the quality of the human experience by creating an enabling socio-economic environment.

She has experience in policy engagement and related advocacy with a critical view of impacting better agricultural and health development, improved livelihoods and poverty reduction, and subsequently, with the impact of development policies on the achievement of a better quality of life goals. To this end, she has continued to build her research skills and hands-on experience in ensuring that regional growth incorporates practical solutions to ensure that the link between agriculture , the living environment and health is prioritized within the overall economic and development plans.

It is instructive to note that Catherine is the daughter of a practising organic farmer. She has grown up experiencing agro-ecological organic farming first hand, while consuming the organic foods, free from pesticides and other environmental toxins, from the family farm to the family table. This has had a lasting impact on her world view, having been exposed, first hand, to the benefits of consuming organically grown foods, from an early age, on the family farm. As a result of this rich family background, she has continued to practice and promote an organic lifestyle in her adult life. Towards that end, she has become a living embodiment of the Vision, Mission and Values that OCA stands for.

As a post-graduate candidate, at the Institute of Development Studies, UoN, she continues to participate in development research and engage the policy and academic community on innovative social solutions on attitude and lifestyle change, natural resource management, exploitation and utilisation for healthy environments, sustainable and practical small holder farming policies and agro-ecological friendly and pro-poor policy interventions within East Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa.

 

Prof Raphael G. Wahome

profProf Raphael G. Wahome – Chairman of OCA

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Statement of purpose

Prof Wahome is the founding chairman of OCA and a professor of Livestock Production systems at the University of Nairobi where he has been teaching for the last thirty years. He has veterinary background having been trained at the University of Nairobi, Alberta and Guelph Universities in Canada. His research has focused on healthy commercially viable agricultural systems. Currently he is the Kenyan ProGrOV project manager. ProGrOV seeks to improve productivity along organic value chains through participatory field and on station research that yields specialized knowledge and skills needed to produce, promote and avail healthy food products to organic consumers.  The project builds capacity for research and teaching while seeking solutions for challenges of developing organic value chains in Eastern Africa Region.

He believes on the importance of nature and cultural experiences with the abilities to give rise to sustainable systems that support enterprise and produce innovation based on indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices. Nevertheless, he is convinced of the need for continued learning: within production, processing and distribution networks; local and global - hence his commitment to teamwork.  His approach to activities is founded on the principle that quality is an attitude built on character, with endeavour to continuously consult with people to ensure fulfilment of their desires.   

The greatest enjoyment that people can have is derived from food. When food is scarce, almost anything will do: and it is received with gratitude and a feeling of satisfaction.  However, not just any food will provide necessary health for enhanced enjoyment of life. The body’s physiological mechanisms soon demand better and more balanced food to continue functioning. There are levels of functioning that are possible with ordinary low quality foods. However, human wellbeing demands that good quality and safe foods be made available and that people have healthy lifestyles in healthy environments.  Prof Wahome relates need for good policy, strategies and implementation knowledge, skills and practices for pertinent health and safety issues, within the broader context of an eco-friendly and sustainable development agenda.

Prof Wahome insists that eating of good quality, safe and organic foods makes sense to anyone with a caring spirit – whatever the concern. For those who worry about making money, there are numerous opportunities ranging from input manufacturing and distribution to product processing and consumption. Those who care about people realize fulfilment from the fairness principle of organic production. Environmental responsibility is addressed through ecologically balanced production practices that emphasize nutrient recycling, waste reduction and reuse. Organic production and consumption also brings people who care together; providing forums for discussion on what we can do to make our lives more meaningful and healthier.

He says “live right, eat well, care and discuss… and you will have a fulfilled life’.

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Mr. Samuel Ndungu

NdunguSAMUEL KIRUKU NDUNGU:
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Mr. Samuel Ndungu, who is a Director and Board Member of OCA, is an MSc Agribusiness Management and Trade graduate from Kenyatta University and BA Economics and mathematics from Moi University, Eldoret. He has attended several professional courses in value chain development, organic agriculture development, entrepreneurship and development of quality management systems in Sweden (Grolink), Tanzania (Match Makers), Israel (CINADC) US (Washington State University) and Kenya (IMO-Switzerland).

Samuel has over 12 years experience in facilitating development of value chains in the organic sector in Kenya, developing markets, development of commercial smallholder organic projects, providing market linkages for smallholder organic producers to commercial partners, advising SME’s in organic product design and development, facilitating certification development for smallholder farmers projects in organic, fair-trade, HACCP, Sustainable Wild Harvest and UTZ Kapeh, providing advisory to stakeholder in organic sector in enterprise selection, conducting feasibility studies, and negotiation tools of organic and natural products, technical advisory in enterprise risk assessment, ICS development and Pre-certification advisory.

He has in the past (2004-2012) participated in development of bee products value chains, fish value chains, honey, vegetables, tea, herbs, spices, macadamia nuts, mushroom and Coffee. This has involved partnering with local and international organizations such as World Vision, SNV-Ethiopia, SOS Sahel and Business Services Market Development Programme, Ethiopia, Macadamia fans, Kenya. He has an experience of working in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Samuel is currently participating as a steering committee member in the ongoing long-term Research Project on the comparison between organic and conventional agriculture in the tropics lead by ICIPE with participation from Kenyatta University, TSBF, and KARI Thika. He has experience in development of agricultural value chains, multi-stakeholder processes geared towards developing value chains, and working in negotiation and advocacy platforms involving policy makers, traders, producers and local authorities. He has undertaken assignments in various countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast and Tanzania. More information about him is available, elsewhere, in his detailed cv.

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