Researchers Project on Better Urban Food Systems amongst Top Globally

Prof Sila

A project created by three Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) researchers that envisions better urban food systems by the year 2050, has been selected amongst the top in the world.

The project which is now slated for the finals to be held next week has already been featured in the first blog by the Rockefeller Foundation in a series counting down to the announcement of the Food System Vision Prize (FSVP) finalists, entitled Cities of the Future: Envisioning Better Urban Food Systems in 2050.

The researchers behind the project, Nairobi Food System Vision 2050 for Improved Nutrition and Better Health in Kenya, are Prof. Daniel Ndaka Sila (Lead Researcher), Dr. Robert Mbeche, and Dr. Josiah Ateka, all from the University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE). The project focuses on sustainable food system for Nairobi based on smart production, artificial intelligence interface for personalized nutrition and health.

Dr. Ateka

Matthew Ridenour from the Food System Vision Refinement Team, Rockefeller Food System Vision Prize, congratulated the team of researchers from JKUAT for the excellent submission.

The Rockefeller Foundation created the Food System Vision Prize, challenging communities around the world to describe an ideal vision for their local food system where more than 1,300 teams – comprised of over 4,000 global NGOs, non – profits, research institutions, farmer – based organizations, restaurants, universities, private companies and government agencies – co-created and submitted their visions for what a positive future food system that nourishes all people and regenerates the environment could look like.

Dr. Mbeche

Guided by a how-to manual from The Rockefeller Foundation, teams developed visions that addressed six key themes: environment, diets, economics, culture, technology, and policy. Critically, the visions had to employ systems thinking; illustrate their transformative potential; and be inspiring, feasible, community-informed, and community-created.

Of the 76 extraordinary visions selected as Semi-Finalists, half focused on urban areas.  The Rockefeller Foundation said the decision was not surprising, given that more than half of all humans already live in urban areas, and by 2050 forecasts say two-thirds of the world’s population will be urbanized.

More details can be found here.

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