Host Organization: Bioversity International
First Year Placement
Marisa Nowicki is currently working with Bioversity International in Nairobi, Kenya as a Policy Analyst and Behavior Change Specialist. Marisa and her team are launching a 3-year research project aimed at improving local farm and diet diversity. Communities will learn to utilize agrobiodiversity to increase farm resilience, enhance incomes, and improve dietary diversity. After analyzing the lessons learned from their pilot project in Vihiga County, Kenya, the team will expand their project to Turkana County, Kenya and Tigray Region, Ethiopia. Marisa is currently analyzing the benefits of their community-led, participatory approach, and how to replicate it. Moreover, Marisa is documenting the food landscapes and policy contexts in each of these areas. For consistency, she is developing a methodology to analyze these systems more holistically. This process includes extensive research, on-site focus groups with past and present participants, coordination with local academics, and numerous key stakeholder interviews with government officials.
Second Year Placement