Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, professor of horticulture at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) was awarded the prestigious 2014 Edinburgh Medal.
She received the award in recognition of her two decades of research on sustainable production and utilization of leafy African indigenous vegetables to tackle malnutrition and obesity as well as empower rural communities in Kenya.
The Edinburgh Medal is a prestigious award given each year to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity.
In her Edinburgh Medal address titled Horticultural biodiversity, repositioning the hidden treasure, she advocated for strategic repositioning of nutrient-rich African indigenous vegetables, and explained how farming and consumption of this ‘treasure’ holds the key to long-term food security for the continent and for better health, nutrition and improved livelihoods for millions of people.
Past recipients of the Edinburgh Medal include Prof Jane Goodall (1991), Prof Wangari Maathai (1993), Prof Amartya Sen (1997) and Prof Peter Higgs and CERN (2013).
Kudos to Prof Abukutsa-Onyango on this award!
Read more in this announcement by JKUAT.