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Prof. Oniang'o honoured in South Africa

11 June 2014, 13:45

Nairobi - The International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) hailed Professor Ruth Khasaya Oniang'o, for her influence on the development of nutrition training and agricultural research and development throughout Africa.

It offered the praise ahead of the 2014 Agribusiness and Food World Forum in Cape Town, South Africa.

IFAMA President, Thad Simons, said Oniang'o's firm grasp of African food and nutrition issues had allowed her to serve as Africa's voice at many international forums and as an advisor to many.

“Her leadership in the creation and continued oversight of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development has provided an avenue for the publishing of scholarly research and served as a capacity builder for budding academics across the globe.  She embodies all of the continent's vast promise," he said.

The recognition of Oniang'o as part of the first World Forum on the African continent is particularly fitting. 

Jointly hosted by IFAMA and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), the Agribusiness and Food World Forum will focus on Africa as a region of limitless opportunity, where agribusiness has the potential to be the engine that drives dynamic, unprecedented economic growth and development.  

More than 500 international delegates will gather for the forum in Cape Town, South Africa from June 15-19 to explore and further the forum's theme, “People Feed the World,” from multiple viewpoints.

Oniang'o is a past member of Kenya's Parliament and served as Professor of Food Science and Nutrition and Director of Graduate Studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.  

The first nutrition Professor in Kenya, and arguably in all of sub-Saharan Africa, she received undergraduate and master's degrees from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington and received her Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi.

Her additional leadership includes service as the founder and first executive director of Rural Outreach Africa, a non-profit community development organization established in 1993 following an action research project whose findings catalyzed the founding of Rural Outreach Program (ROP).

Through ROP, Oniang'o has transformed the lives of many rural poor families in the Butere-Mumias district of western Kenya and the environs.

 – CAJ News

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