Dr. Ruth Oniang's Visits ISU Howard County Extension and Outreach

Honored  to meet Dr. Ruth Khasaya Oniang'o (2nd from right in photo) and Mary Njeri Karanu (left in photo) from Nairobi Kenya. They traveled to Des Moines to take part in the World Food Prize. They had October 11 free so retired ISU Field Specialist George Cummins brought them to our area to tour Dr Norman Borlang's home farm and visit the Historical Preservation Center and Ag Education Center on the Howard County Fairgrounds. They were really interested in the Reicks View Ag Education Center and it mission in promoting production agriculture.

Dr. Ruth Oniang’o was formerly a professor of Food Science and Nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, Kenya. She was the first nutrition professor in Kenya and one of the first woman professors in nutrition throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Oniang’o founded Rural Outreach Africa, a grassroots-based development organization connecting research with rural communities. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development. She is Board Chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association (in which she succeeded its founder, the late Dr. Norman Borlaug) and Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education, both which are organizations mandated to assist smallholder farmers to enhance their livelihoods through agriculture.
Thanks to Dr Ruth and Mary for visiting our area and sharing stories. Special women for sure.
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