Catherine 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.