Prof Raphael G. Wahome
Prof Raphael G. Wahome – Chairman of OCA
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’.