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Ms. Emma Laura Awino Oketch


Emma Laura Awino Oketch is a lecturer.  She has lectured since 2002 at various institutions including; The Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi, the Defense Staff College, Kenya Army, Karen, and Strathmore University. Ms. Oketch’s areas of specialization include Gender and International Relations, Gender and International Security, International Conflict Management, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, International Relations, Development Studies, and Research Methods.

Ms. Oketch has a Master of Arts Degree in International Studies from the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, First Class Honours in Political Science and English Literature from the University of Nairobi. She has received various awards including the Best Arts Student, University of Nairobi, the University of Nairobi Scholarship and a Masters fellowship Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, from the Tokyo Foundation.

Ms. Oketch has carried out training and research, and presented several papers at national and international conferences. Emma has been greatly honoured by recently being accepted in the HORTINLEA sub project on Gender Order: Embedding Gender in Horticultural Value Chains to Close or Reduce the Productivity Gap. This crosscutting subproject intends to understand the gender dynamics in horticultural value chains for African indigenous vegetables (AIVs). It aims at investigating the gendered effects of supply chain modernization (shift from subsistence production to market or export oriented production) and its implications for poverty and local sustainable livelihoods.

She is very excited about the research work and intends to contribute to ACTS by producing high quality research and policy analysis. She will also help in building capacity by sharing her knowledge in theoretical work, policy briefs and working papers. She will disseminate empirical findings on the relationship between gender and value chain analysis with reference to African Indigenous Vegetables. Her work will contribute directly to the HORTINLEA Project and ACTS programme in sustainable development, agriculture and food security.