Florence Wambugu

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2009


This profile was prepared when Florence Wambugu was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
The New Idea
Although genetic modification has the ability to greatly improve food production, such state of the art research has not benefited many of the smallholder farmers who account for over 90 percent of the food production in developing countries. Through a variety of scientific and community based interventions throughout the agricultural value chain, Florence has changed this and has dramatically increased both the food security and incomes of smallholder farms in Kenya and throughout Africa.

Florence uses high level scientific research to improve resistance of food crops to disease with effective organization and empowerment of farmers. With an increased focus on small-scale agriculture as the pivotal point in turning around Africa’s economic fortunes, Florence has made new headway in discovering innovative ways for scientific research to contribute to both the economic welfare of smallholder farmers and increased farm output in developing countries.
The Problem
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The Person

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