Seminar: Variety for security: A case study of agricultural, nutritional and dietary diversity among small scale farmers in Western Kenya

Date and Time

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:00


Location: Upper Meeting Room, LIDC, 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

Speaker: Mary Ng'endo Kanui

Abstract: Agricultural diversity, commonly referred to as agrobiodiversity, is that part of biodiversity that is geared towards agriculture and food production. Agrobiodiversity is said to contribute much to food, nutrition and health, but there is lack of data confirming this, particularly from Eastern Africa. This talk, focusing on a case study among small scale farmers in Western Kenya, explores the role of local agrobiodiversity in markets and farms in contributing to food availability, accessibility and utilisation.

Biography: Mary is a PhD (Geography and the Environment) candidate at the University of Oxford. Her key research interest centres on the nexus of food and nutrition security, contribution of local agrobiodiversity to nutrition for human health and the role of gender in contributing to improved agricultural systems.

You can listen to the audio recording of the seminar, and find the presentation slides here.