Harakati ya Kilimo-Uhifadhi People

Gatua wa Mbũgwa, Ph.D.

Gatua wa Mbũgwa, Ph.D.

Gatua wa Mbũgwa, Ph.D., Executive Director

Gatua wa Mbũgwa is the Founder and Executive Director of Harakati ya Kilimo-Uhifadhi, a nonprofit organization registered in Kenya in 2004. Gatua grew up in rural Mũtũngũrũ, Gatũndũ, a high potential agricultural region of Kenya.

Gatua has worked with smallholder farmers since childhood. He started organizing community farmers in 1980, the year he started growing his own smallscale commercial crops on his parent's land.

Gatua took short courses in organic farming in the 1980s before returning to school in 1990 to further his formal education.

In 1989, Gatua founded Mũtũngũrũ Organic Farmers (MOF), a grassroots farmers' association that uses biointensive methods to grow its food and earn income. Gatua trained MOF's over 300 initial biointensive farmers in 1989-1992.

With generous funding from Kilili Self Help Project of California, U.S.A., MOF has sent 50 of its members to learn biointensive agricultural methods at the Manor House Agricultural Centre in Kitale, Kenya.

These farmers have become biointensive trainers in their own rights. They have helped train their neighbors, and a growing community of biointensive agricultural smallholder farmers in Mũtũngũrũ now use the biointensive method to grow foodcrops and earn income.

Encouraged by the success of Mũtũngũrũ Organic Farmers, Gatua founded Harakati ya Kilimo-Uhifadhi in 2004. Harakati ya Kilimo-Uhifadhi promotes grassroots conservation agricultural education and extension in Kenya.

Gatua wa Mbũgwa's Educational Background
Ph.D. in Agronomy, University of Wyoming, December 2008
M.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University, May 2003
M.P.S. in Agriculture, Cornell University, January 2001
Dual B.A. in Environmental Studies and Politics, University of California Santa Cruz, December 1997
Gatua wa Mbũgwa in the News
Dissertation Makes History at the University of Wyoming
Kenyan submits PhD work in African language
Scientist puts mother tongue on academia threshold
For a good start, pupils should learn in the mother tongue

Gatua wa Mbũgwa's Video News
Ngũgi wa Thiong'o visits the University of Wyoming and takes a moment to recognize Gatua wa Mbũgwa's research and accomplishments. (Shot by University of Wyoming Television - 00:06:15).