Genevieve Agaba

Genevieve Agaba has worked on a wide range of international development research projects.

Agaba is a native of Cornwall. She moved to Wales to study for a degree in Anthropology at University of Wales, Lampeter. Graduating with a first and being awarded the Holly Murphy Prize for outstanding achievement, she went on to do an MSc in International Natural Resource Development at University of Wales, Bangor. As part of her dissertation project, she spent three months in Kenya as a research fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre. In this role, she contributed to the early stages of an EU-funded project researching local agro-ecological knowledge and the environmental impacts of smallholder coffee-agroforestry farming systems. 

Still at Bangor University, she became a research officer, funded by projects led by the World Agroforestry Centre. In this role, she was involved in a wide range of international research and development projects in the tropics. Her activities included conducting primary and secondary research on smallholder farming systems and land use change. During this time, she lived in Kenya for one year, leading a survey of local knowledge about the physical attributes of trees found on coffee farms in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. Following on from this, she worked as a teaching associate and research project support officer at Bangor University, with frequent work trips to East Africa. She was a module organiser and became deputy director of the University’s very successful distance learning forestry programmes. 

In 2018, Agaba moved to the University of Southampton as senior research assistant. She worked under a Global Challenges Research Fund project called Building REsearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa (BRECcIA). Her focus was on strengthening research capacity and capabilities of early career researchers in Kenya, Malawi and Ghana, in the related areas of water and food security.  

Agaba joined the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission in 2021. The FFCC started life in November 2017 as an independent inquiry, examining ‘where our food comes from, how we support farming and rural communities and how we invest in the many benefits the countryside provides.’ It became an independent charity in April 2020. Agaba’s role is as Programme Lead: Place-based Inquiries. This strand of work aims to understand local needs and priorities, relating to food, farming and the countryside. The goal is to move to a food system based on agroecological principles, able to meet society’s needs without further degradation of the environment. Agaba’s role covers all four nations of the UK.  

Alongside work, Agaba is currently studying for a PhD in Agroforestry from Bangor University. She is exploring the roles trees play in smallholder farming systems and the local knowledge underlying the incorporation of trees in agricultural landscapes, aiming to inform the design of agroforestry options that will be practicable for low capacity rural households in Eastern Uganda and Central Kenya.   

She also runs a small UK based charity called Wamumbi Orphan Care Foundation that partners with a community-based organisation (Wamumbi Orphan Care) to provide outreach services to orphaned children in Central Kenya, taking a holistic approach to improving their wellbeing and life prospects. This grew out of connections made during her MSc research. 

Sources 

Bangor University. (2020). Genevieve Lamond. Retrieved July 14 2021 from https://www.bangor.ac.uk/natural-sciences/research/environment-natural-resources-and-geography/students/genevieve-lamond.php

Agaba. G. (2021). Genevieve (Lamond)Agaba[LinkedIn page]. LinkedIn. Retrieved July 14 2021 from https://www.linkedin.com/in/genevieve-agaba-7107872b/ 

University of Southampton (2019). Genevieve Agaba. Retrieved July 14 2021 from http://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/sogesresearch/new-staff/genevieve-agaba/ 

Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. (n.d.) Food, Farming & Countryside Commission. Retrieved July 14 2021 from https://www.thersa.org/projects/archive/public-services-communities/food-farming-and-countryside-commission 

Food, Farming & Countryside Commission. (n.d.) Our people. Retrieved July 14 2021 from https://ffcc.co.uk/our-people 

Wamumbi Orphan Care. (n.d.) Wamumbi Orphan Care. Retrieved July 14 2021 from https://www.wamumbiorphancare.org.uk/