Elisha Otieno Gogo

I am currently pursuing my PhD within the HORTINLEA framework at Egerton University, Kenya, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. In my dissertation I address quality assurance through postharvest treatments of African Indigenous Vegetables. Since September 2015 I am also the HORTINLEA PhD students’ representative. My main task is to create a harmonious working relationship between the board, the PhD supervisors and students to ensure the success of HORTINLEA endeavors.

I did my Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at Egerton University. Later, I got a scholarship by the United States Agency for International Development to study for a Master of Science in Horticulture, also at Egerton University, collaborating with various universities and research institutions within and outside Kenya. My research mainly focused on using low-cost agricultural nets and floating row covers to improve yield and quality of vegetables.  The technology is now being widely practiced in Kenya. Thereafter, I started working as a part-time lecturer at Egerton University.

In future, I would like to be a research scientist especially in the field of postharvest food loss reduction. I am grateful to HORTINLEA for providing me with this opportunity to fulfill my dream.  I believe that after completing my PhD programme, I will be an accomplished researcher in my area of specialization and this will go a long way in improving food security in my country, Kenya.