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

Ruth Wanjiku Githiga


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”