Dr. Mary Nyasimi holds a PhD in Sustainable Agriculture and an interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Anthropology from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Mary’s professional experience revolves around integration of sound agricultural and environmental science with indigenous knowledge and policy. Prior to joining CCAFS, Mary worked at the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Iowa State University where she served as the Country Liaison with the field office in Uganda. In an earlier role, she was involved in exploring the socio-cultural dimensions of development in Africa, focusing on the 12 African countries under the Millennium Villages program.
Mary has considerable research and development experience working on improving rural livelihoods, especially women. In particular, while working at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), she was involved in developing and disseminating agroforestry technologies for improving soil fertility levels amongst farmers in western Kenya and Uganda, and initiating a consortium of 62 partners to scale up agroforestry practices. Her research experience has been on assessment of sustainable livelihood systems; food systems; social-cultural practices and their impacts on development interventions; stakeholder analysis; participatory research and gender analysis.
Some recent publications:
- Mary Nyasimi and Sophia Huyer. 2017. Closing the gender gap in agriculture under climate Change. Agriculture for Development, 30.
- Nyasimi et al. 2017. Adoption and Dissemination Pathways for Climate-Smart Agriculture Technologies and Practices for Climate-Resilient Livelihoods in Lushoto, Northeast Tanzania. Climate 2017, 5, 63; doi:10.3390/cli5030063
- Kimeli P, Nyasimi M, Radeny M. 2017. Strengthening Farmer Adaptive Capacity Through Farms of the Future Approach in Nyando, Western Kenya. In: Filho WL et al (eds.). 2017. Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: Fostering Resilience and Capacity to Adapt. Part II. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. pp 629-645.
- Mungai C, Opondo M, Outa G, Nelson V, Nyasimi M, Kimeli P. 2017. Uptake of Climate-Smart Agriculture Through a Gendered Intersectionality Lens: Experiences from Western Kenya. In: Filho WL et al (eds.). 2017. Climate Change Adaptation in Africa: Fostering Resilience and Capacity to Adapt. Part II. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. pp 587-601
- John Walker Recha, Bancy M. Mati, Mary Nyasimi, Philip K. Kimeli, James M. Kinyangi & Maren Radeny. 2016. Changing rainfall patterns and farmers’ adaptation through soil water management practices in semi- arid eastern Kenya. Arid Land Research and Management. Vol. 00, NO. 00, 1–10
- Nyasimi, M. and Peake, L. 2015.Goal 5:Achieve Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls. Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective. Pg 29-32.