MRes. Biological Sciences – Royal Holloway University London, UK; BSc. Agriculture – Kenyatta Univerity, Kenya
I have worked for CABI since 2015. I started as a post-graduate student at the Egham centre where I was involved in various weed biocontrol projects including the biocontrol of Himalayan balsam, a noxious weed in the UK. I looked at the effect of fungal endophytes on the efficacy of an introduced rust fungus (Puccunia komarivii var. glanduliferae) as a classical biocontrol agent. I then joined the CABI Kenya centre in 2016 working under the Invasives theme project. With training in invasive species management, I have been involved in field and lab activities including experimental designs, data collection and analysis. In my role, I support activities in both the invasives theme and the AoI programme.
CABI has a regional centre for Africa in Nairobi. Agriculture is essential for sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth and yet average crop yields in Africa are among the lowest in the world. Over 80% rely on it but many face challenges in growing sufficient good quality produce.
The global cost of invasive species is estimated at US$1.4 trillion per year – close to 5% of global gross domestic product. Invasives disproportionately affect vulnerable communities in poor rural areas, especially in developing countries which depend on natural resources, healthy ecosystems, trade and tourism for their livelihoods.