Host Organization: Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT
First Year Placement
Casey was based in Nairobi, Kenya, working with the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT as a Food Systems Specialist within the Food Environment and Consumer Behaviour Team. For her first-year placement, Casey’s work was centered on providing qualitative analysis support to research initiatives focused on community-led projects. This included leading a community-based participatory evaluation of a larger two-year agri-nutrition project in Vihiga county studying diet diversity through traditional leafy vegetable agricultural initiatives. She also coordinated a food environment baseline study in Kisumu County which included vendor mapping and conducting in-depth interviews with community members and local policy makers. This study contributed to the understanding of food accessibility, availability, and consumer behavior within the region.
Second Year Placement
Casey continues with the same projects into her second year in Nairobi. In the Kisumu project, she managed the value chain baseline study that looked to assess five different actors in both ALV and fish value chains. This included editing and coding tools, training enumerators, and supervising data collection. Casey also will be involved in data analysis and report writing of the data collection she was involved with. Additionally, she will continue in the projects by collaborating with local stakeholders in policy workshops and assisting with agri-nutrition education activities.