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Monica K. Kansiime Scientist Seed Systems

T: +256 (0) 752834551


CABI, Canary Bird, 673 Limuru Road, Muthaiga, PO Box 633-00621, Nairobi, Kenya


PhD in Agricultural Economics, MSc in Agricultual Economics, BSc in Agriculture

I joined CABI in July 2015 as seed systems scientist. My role is to support the implementation of CABI's Good Seed Initiative in Africa, including providing technical support to seed production, seed commercialization and raising awareness of the importance of high quality seed. in addition, I support research and evaluation of seed systems with partners in the region, to learn how best to promote seed systems development.

My experience spans project management, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and research. I have worked with development practitioners, managers, field staff, evaluators and monitors, who need practical, usable tools to help them track and manage results of their interventions. As a research scientist, I have a spectrum of practical experience in research methods, namely – descriptive, regression/correlation, randomized controlled trials (RCTs), quasi experimental, and meta-analysis - which have all been core in my routine M&E functions. My research interests are in climate change, value chains and market-based systems, farming and seed systems.

Previously, I have worked with the Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute (HESPI), the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD), Oxfam, ASARECA and Heifer International.

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Promoting good seed in East Africa

African Indigenous Vegetables (AIVs) are key to food security and income generation in Africa and are increasing in demand. Not only will CABI’s project team be promoting their consumption and generating more demand, we will also be building awareness of the vegetable and the seeds, improving access to them...
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Gender and the Legume Alliance

Legume crops play a key role in household nutritional security and incomes but production is in decline. To rectify this, the Legume Alliance is trying to get information about growing common beans into as many smallholder farming households in Ghana and Tanzania as possible. This work will also look at...
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Scaling-up improved legume technologies in Tanzania (SILT)

Food and nutrition security is vital in sub-Saharan Africa. This project aims to develop and use innovative approaches including complimentary communication methods to scale-up improved legume technologies and establish sustainable input systems.