Seminar examines nutri-business initiative in Kenya

October 13, 2010

The ICIK Seminar Series continues with "Evaluation of the Murang'a Nutri-business Cooperative in Kenya," by Mary-Alice Murkiri Marete, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in room 203 of the Paterno Library.

Nutri-business projects aim to reduce poverty and extreme hunger and to decrease child mortality -- two primary United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In Kenya, nutri-business projects were established through collaboration among three universities -- two in the United States and one in Kenya, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided funding that was augmented by in-kind institutional support.

As part of her doctoral research, Marete, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, examined an innovative income-generating women's cooperative in Kenya that with input from the universities formulated a healthful, culturally appropriate, shelf-stable complementary weaning mix, processed using a solar dryer. In evaluating this project, she will discuss how cooperatives achieve both social and economic objectives by enhancing individual incomes and contributing to local development.

The seminar, which is open to the public, is cosponsored by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK) and the University Libraries. It will also be available for live viewing through Adobe Connect at online. A friend of Penn State link is available at this site.

Marete is a 2010 Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (LEAP) Fellow. Before coming to Penn State, she worked for the Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya as an assistant director of agriculture and lecturer at an agricultural institution.

For more information, contact Helen Sheehy at or 814-863-1347. ICIK website is available at online.

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