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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Gender und Globalisierung

Ruth Wanjiku Githiga


We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden loss of our PhD student and colleague Ruth Githiga.


Ruth was a very dedicated scholar, esteemed colleague and wonderful friend. She was warm, cheerful, loving and bright. We will remember her for her kindness, her positive spirit and her cooperativeness. We will be missing her enriching presence – both in personal as well as in academic ways.

She was about to submit her PhD thesis during the following weeks. Her intellectual interventions inspired the research project Hortinlea thoroughly.

Ruth will be lacking. Our thoughts are with her family and her friends in Kenya.

The whole team of Gender and Globalization and the Hortinlea subprojects


Christine Bauhardt
Guelay Çağlar
Ann Kingiri
Parto Teherani-Krönner
Meike Brueckner
Emma Oketch
Ann Aswani
Suse Brettin
Virginia Kuskow
Inken Behrmann
Vanessa Schmidt
Hortense Vekris
Monika Wakefield





PhD Title: "Commercialization of African Indigenous Vegetables and its Effect on Intrahousehold Gender Dynamics in Kenya"


Brief Description of my PhD project: My research aims at investigating how commercialization of African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) has leads to changes in gender dynamics at the household level.

Women in Kenya contribute significantly to AIVs production. Currently there is an increasing trend of AIVs commercialization as a result of value chain innovation and modernization. However effects of commercialization have to be critically analysed from a gender perspective.  Gender dynamics will be better understood at the household level since it forms the basic unit where production and consumption takes place.


Professional Experience:

  • Production officer at Farm Concern International- Working with the rural Community to promote production and consumption of African Indigenous Vegetables(AIVs) in Kiambu County

  • Project Manager at Kenya Flower Council-Spearheading development of  a national mechanism for industry wide compliance in the flower Sector, Kenya

  • Research assistant-University of Nairobi- Carrying out research on feasible methods to reduce post harvest losses in tropical fruits


Teilprojekt 10 „Gender order: Embedding gender in horticultural value chains”