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Jane Ambuko – Lukhachi is an Associate Professor of Horticulture, Department of Plant Science and Crop Protection, University of Nairobi. She holds a BSc Agriculture and MSc Horticulture (University of Nairobi, Kenya) and PhD Agricultural Sciences, Pomology and Postharvest Major (Tsukuba University, Japan). Her current duties and responsibilities at the University include teaching, research, student supervision and outreach activities. Her area of specialization and focus in training, research and outreach activities is postharvest management – science and technology. In this regard she is actively engaged in adaptive research, validating and scaling up of postharvest technologies including affordable and applicable technologies for smallholder farmers. Her multi-disciplinary research team (University of Nairobi Postharvest Projects Research Team) is credited with various achievements in Postharvest Research and Outreach initiatives. Among the notable achievements is the establishment of on-grid and off-grid aggregation and processing centers for smallholder horticultural farmers in selected Counties in Kenya with support from the Rockefeller Foundation (YieldWise Initiative) and the National Research Fund, NRF-Kenya. The team is also credited with convening the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress (2017) and the co-convening the subsequent 2nd All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition together with the African Union Commission in 2019.
Together with her students and research collaborators, Prof. Ambuko has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and presented research findings in international conferences. She is a recipient of several prestigious fellowships including the Norman Borlaug Fellowship (2014), AWARD Fellowship (2013) and ABCF Fellowship (2014). She has served a member of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of UN-FAO on Food Security and Nutrition. She is a member of several professional bodies including the International Society of Horticultural Science (ISHS); American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS); Horticultural Association of Kenya; African Women in Science & Engineering (AWSE); Kenya National Young Academy of Sciences (KNYAS) and Kenya Professional Association of Women in Agriculture and Environment (KEPAWAE).
Her career goal as an Agricultural/Horticultural Scientist is to contribute to the continued growth of the Agriculture/Horticulture Sector (local and global) through generation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge, innovations and technologies required to address the sector challenges. She is also a champion of food loss and waste reduction.

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