Prof. Cecilia Moraa Onyango - Board Member OCA
Prof. Cecilia Moraa Onyango is a board member of OCA and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi. Prof. Onyango earned her PhD from Wageningen University, the Netherlands; and both her MSc. in Horticulture and BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Nairobi.
She has over 15 years of experience in a broad range of agricultural practice and related sustainable development areas which include; crop production and postharvest handling with a focus on production environment and food safety; conservation of biodiversity; eco-efficient bio-resource management; stress physiology and temperature-based modulation of plant growth and development; grading and standards; and participatory farmer and end-user technology evaluation, selection and adoption.
Her expertise and experience continues to impact various levels of value chain stakeholder interests including; policy, strategy, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and related skills transfer. Additionally, she has consultancy knowledge, skills and expertise on systems intensification and market led sustainable socio-economic development.
Prof. Onyango has proven leadership and management skills and experience: She has provided leadership in executing various projects to provide information on crop production practices and food quality which include; agroecological intensification techniques for climate change adaptation and mitigation; and consumption trends and the safety of foods sold and consumed in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region.
Prof. Onyango is a firm believer in an engendered development approach to ecosystem health and sustainability; she believes that there is a strong linkage between soil health, crop production environment and practices, and the quality and safety of the harvested product, which product is ultimately consumed for nourishment to achieve food and nutrition security and ultimately a sustainably improved quality of health and life.