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Food prize puts Kenyan researcher on global map—Kenya’s ‘Business Daily’ newspaper

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Andrew Mude (picture credit: Business Daily)

Even with the Tuesday announcement that he had won the award,
Andrew Mude, who holds a doctorate in economics,
remains a modest man committed to resolving the dilemma
that pastoral communities, especially in northern Kenya,
have endured for decades.

‘When he was named winner of the 2016 World Food Prize’s Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application this week, he could barely hold back his emotions, as the reality of his achievement hit home.

‘The sight of a humble man accepting recognition for years of hard work trying to improve the lives of thousands of people living in the arid and semi-arid parts of the country, brought tears to the eyes of many . . . at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus.

‘Even with the Tuesday announcement that he had won the award, Andrew Mude, who holds a doctorate in economics, remains a modest man committed to resolving the dilemma that pastoral communities, especially in northern Kenya, have endured for decades.

‘Losing livestock to the devastating effects of climate change has seen them move
from being rich on one day and having nothing the next.

‘If my father and mother never educated me, today I would not stand up as the father of this product that now gives hopes to thousands of pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. I believe education must remain central in anyone’s life but this must be hinged on ability to a viable economic livelihood’, he said in his acceptance speech.

‘. . . He is the second Kenyan to win the prestigious award by the Rockefeller Foundation after Charity Mutegi was recognised in 2013 for her work on control of aflatoxin.

‘The World Food Prize Foundation annually honours individuals under 40 years whose scientific innovation is dedicated to food security.

‘Dr Mude, 39, an agricultural economist, stands tall for front-running the design of the Index-Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) Programme since 2008, just two years after joining ILRI. . . .

‘The programme uses satellite imaging to assess fodder availability and calculates the estimated loss payable during dry seasons. . . .

[W]ith a team of researchers from Cornell University-USAID BASIS Collaborative Research Support Programme [Mude launched] the research into development programme.

‘The payouts to herders in 2014 by Takaful Insurance brought on board other underwriters.

‘The government even launched the Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP), based on IBLI that provides coverage to more than 5,000 households.

Last month, the government programme made payouts to 290 herders in Wajir.

‘Perhaps his zeal for helping Northern Kenya came from direct impact of drought he felt over three decades as he visited family in Marsabit, even though his Burji community is more agricultural and entrepreneurial than their nomadic neighbours.

‘The son of a diplomat went to St. Mary’s Nairobi until he was in Class Three and thereafter all over the world, having to change schools every three years, moving with his father from one mission to another.

‘This, he said, made him diplomatic in implementing the product at the grassroots by appreciating varied cultural backgrounds.

‘His determination to do better hit him when he graduated summa cum laude with a major in Economics from Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, in 1999.

‘In the year 2000, he joined Cornell University in New York to pursue a doctorate in economics with a concentration in development economics and applied econometrics.

‘He returned to Kenya in June 2006 after graduating and he found a job at ILRI, where he worked with his wife Brenda until recently when she moved to the Kenya Market Trust. . . .

‘He travels to Des Moines, Iowa in October to receive the award, which comes with Sh1 million cash prize. . . .

‘“The focus now is to scale up the project. Ethiopia is set to take it up soon . . . .’

Read the whole article by James Kariuki in Business Daily (Kenya):  Food prize puts Kenyan researcher on global map, 2 Sep 2016.

More information
More information will be posted here soon. To view a film of the whole event, go to http://www.ilri.org/livestream

Photographs of the event are on ILRI’s Flickr album here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/albums/72157669992212163

View the original press release, by Nicole Barreca, from the World Food Prize Foundation, here: http://www.worldfoodprize.org/index.cfm/24667/39777/the_world_food_prize_recognizes_kenyan_economist

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