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Daisy Ouya: Communications Specialist:Science Writer  World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF

Daisy Ouya: Communications Specialist:Science Writer World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF

What is your name and where are you from?

D: Daisy Ouya from Kenya

2. Describe yourself in 5 words?

D: Science communicator and nature lover

3. What makes you proud to be a Kenyan?

D: That Kenya is a beautiful country with energetic and funny people – there’s a joke around every corner

4. What are you doing to make your country better?

D: Trying to do whatever I do to the best of my ability

5. For anyone who wants to visit Kenya, which places are a must to see and why?

D: Rural Kenya for the astonishing landscapes and warm, generous people

elephants in Kenya

elephants in Kenya

6. What do you want Kenya to be known for?

D: Innovation that makes people’s lives better

7. What does the word Masai mean to you?

D: It’s one of the over 40 tribes of Kenya, part of the rich tapestry of Kenyan culture

8. What traditional Kenya meal would you prepare for an international visitor?

D: Irio (a pounded mixture of maize, green peas and potatoes), nyama choma (grilled meat) and kachumbari (tomato+onions)

Irio (a pounded mixture of maize, green peas and potatoes Pic: www.food.com

Irio (a pounded mixture of maize, green peas and potatoes
Pic: www.food.com

9. What are the most common foods in your country?

D: Maize, beans, potatoes, rice, milk and meat plus the fruits in season – mangoes mostly.

10. Who is the most famous Kenyan and why?

D: Obama (half-Kenyan) – the first African-American president of the USA. But there are many more – Wangari Maathai, Lupita Nyong’o, Uhuru Kenyatta; athletes like Julius Yego and musicians like Nameless, Amani, Juliani and Roger Whittaker.

11. What environmental issues are you most passionate about?

D: Restoring degraded landscapes with trees, agroforestry (integrating trees on farms), and reducing food and water wastage

12. How are women affected by Climate Change in Kenya

D: Most farming is still rain-fed in Kenya, and with erratic weather farmers cannot be sure they will harvest a crop for all their labour

13. What is the most common animal in Kenya?

D: The chicken and the goat

14. What is the situation with forests in Kenya?

D: There is a huge push to move forest cover up to 10%. Kenya is a dry country so this is not an easy task.

15. If you were the environmental Minister, what would you change?

D: Raise public awareness, involve communities, and nurture a love for nature in children.

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