Ashoka Fellow
    This description of Florence Wambugu's work was prepared when Florence Wambugu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
    Most scientific research in agriculture in Africa has focused solely on cash crops. Therefore, although genetic modification has the ability to greatly improve food production, it has not benefited African smallholder farmers who produce over ninety percent of food. But this is finally changing, thanks to Florence Wambugu who has, through a variety of scientific and community based interventions throughout the agricultural value chain, been able to dramatically increase both the food security and incomes of smallholder farms throughout Africa. How? Florence combines high level scientific research to improve resistance of food crops to disease with effective organization and empowerment of farmers.
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