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
“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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