Dr Ramni H Jamnadass is a Kenyan lady driven to change the lives of small holder farmers and other communities through transformations attainable from agroforestry practices. She started her career in teaching molecular biology and biochemistry in Kenyan national universities. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the International Livestock Institute (ILRI), she joined the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) 15 years ago.
Within the CGIAR research program – Forests Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), Ramni leads Flagship 1– Tree genetic resources to bridge production gaps and promote resilience. There are multi-faceted projects in this program- addressing food and nutrition for health, income generation for poverty reduction and restoration of landscapes for environmental productivity and resilience.
Ramni also co-leads one of ICRAF’s 4 global research programs i.e. Tree productivity and Diversity: Realising economic and ecological value from tree genetic resources (TREEs). This program also hosts the African Orphan Crops Consortium which is sequencing, assembling and annotating the genomes of 101 traditional African food crops (47 trees) with the intention to improve nutritional security in Africa. The TREEs program also hosts ICRAF’s genebank platform.
Ramni has great passion in building capacities of national institutes with a special focus on empowering young women and men.
When not working Ramni will be found hiking or animal gazing in the wild African landscapes.