Njeri Njau
Kenya 2011
Njeri Njau is fascinated by bananas, and is working on a technology to produce affordable seedlings, which will enable Kenyan smallholder farmers—more than 60 percent of whom are women—to improve their livelihoods. Njau recalls always loving science. “In high school I was in the science club, and I chose to study biology and chemistry at university.” She began a master’s program in agronomy in 2010, and aspires to eventually do a PhD in crop protection, preferably abroad. One of her long-range goals is to write and publish a book that will give insights into food production and how to gain maximum yields through reducing crop diseases.
We recently held two demonstrations of the technology for farmers,” she says. “The turnout was good but it was mostly women—the men think it’s too much work.
Field of Research
Assessment of macropropagation technology to produce affordable pest- and disease-free banana seedlings.

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