Ramni H. Jamnadass is a Kenyan driven to change lives of small holder farmers and other poor communities through applied agroforestry research. She spent 10 years teaching at the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University and subsequently joined the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) 12 years ago. Ramni leads Science Domain 3 (SD3), one of ICRAF’s six global research programs. SD3 promotes Diversity, Domestication and Delivery http://www.worldagroforestry.org/tree-diversity to address rural transformation in developing countries as smallholder farmers and others increase their use of ‘productive’ trees in agricultural landscapes to improve their food & nutrition security, income, health, shelter, social cohesion, energy resources and environmental sustainability. The African Orphan Crops Consortium, a public private partnership with a mission to develop and promote use of nutritious tree-foods and annual crops http://africanorphancrops.org/ has its genomics lab hosted within the SD3 program.
Ramni has great passion in building capacities of national institutes with a special focus on empowering women.
When Ramni is not working, she is trying to conquer mountains, animal-gaze in Kenya’s famous national parks and of course encouraging everyone to plant more productive trees!