Peninah Yumbya

Penina Yumbya

Kenya East Africa Regional Hub Manager Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture

I am an experienced horticultural scientist with over a decade of expertise in research management and innovation in agriculture, specializing in addressing postharvest losses with the goal of reducing food loss and waste. I hold a PhD in horticulture from the University of Nairobi and have made significant contributions to the field through scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, I serve as the East Africa Regional Hub manager for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture. I coordinate the research portfolio for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture in the East Africa region. My skills in project planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation have been finely honed through the coordination of various research projects in the region. These projects collectively aim to reduce post-harvest losses, enhance market access, and improve the livelihoods of small-scale horticultural farmers, ultimately contributing to household income, food security and nutrition. 
Previously, while working as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, I effectively combined practical experience with academic engagement. In my teaching role, I was involved in teaching, research, student supervision and outreach activities. Throughout my career, I have leveraged my extensive knowledge to drive research initiatives that focus on empowering youth and women in Agriculture. My ability to combine academic rigor with hands-on experience, coupled with my work in multiple countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Ethiopia and Uganda, and my passion for fostering inclusivity in agriculture, positions me as an asset in the field. I gained valuable experience in molecular analysis, specifically polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Next generation sequencing, while working as a research fellow for the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA-ILRI). I remain dedicated to advancing horticultural science, contributing to sustainable agriculture, and empowering the next generation of agricultural innovators.

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