Author: Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya is a science writer and communications specialist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Over the past 15 years she has been packaging and disseminating scientific knowledge in the fields of entomology, agriculture, health, HIV/AIDS research, and marine science. Daisy is a Board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (bels.org) and has a Masters’ degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her BSc is from the University of Nairobi in her native Kenya. She has worked as a journal editor, science writer, publisher, and communications strategist with various organizations. She joined ICRAF in July 2012. Twitter: @daisyouya

Woman carrying firewood in Kereita village, Kenya. Photo by ICRAF/Tabitha Obara

From ‘energy poverty’ towards sustainable tree-based bioenergy

When it comes to energy, countries—and in particular developing ones—could take a strong cue from Europe, where the use of bioenergy has been rising over the past two decades. Aware that the current reliance on fossil fuels is...

Manoel Teixeira de Souza, head of agroenergy for the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) (left) and Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF deputy director general for research, sign the cooperation agreement between Embrapa and ICRAF

World Agroforestry Centre and Embrapa sign cooperation agreement

A cooperation agreement signed between the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in Brasilia builds on a longstanding relationship between the two institutions. Ravi Prabhu, ICRAF deputy director general for research, said Embrapa’s...

Cécile Ndjebet of REFACOF, Cameroon speaks at ICRAF HQ, Nairobi 10September2014. Photo by Anne Kamadi/ICRAF

Positive action on gender supports sustainable development

“Women produce up to three-quarters of the food crops grown in West and Central Africa, and their actions, for better or for worse, affect natural resources, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and ultimately shape the trajectory towards sustainable development....

Experiments under a shea tree with a termite mound. Photo by Aida Bargués Tobella/SLU

Native trees in African drylands serve as water harvesters

Native trees that dot African dryland areas bring a welcome respite from the tropical sun. In addition, and contrary to old assumptions, they “… may function as water harvesters, contributing to deeper drainage and recharge.” They might thereby...

Terracing controls soil erosion on sloping land. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

Sustainable land management depends heavily on a farmer's overall income

Faced with the unreliable weather patterns in a changing climate, high population, and shrinking farm sizes, subsistence farmers in Africa are turning to various coping mechanisms in order to ensure a crop and some income. A survey in...

Terracing controls soil erosion on sloping land. Photo by Daisy Ouya/ICRAF

Sustainable land management depends heavily on a farmer’s overall income

Faced with the unreliable weather patterns in a changing climate, high population, and shrinking farm sizes, subsistence farmers in Africa are turning to various coping mechanisms in order to ensure a crop and some income. A survey in...