Team leader nutrition, World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Stepha McMullin is a Social Scientist with ICRAF based in Nairobi, Kenya, where she leads research on the contribution of agroforestry for delivering more nutritious foods and addressing food seasonality for healthier and more sustainable diets. With her team, she implements participatory research (quantitative and qualitative) to inform data gaps on food production and consumption, quality of diets and dietary gaps, and food choices, to identify suitable agroecological recommendations for optimizing local food systems.
Stepha has 12 years’ experience undertaking research predominantly in East and Southern Africa with travel to other regions for expert meetings, stakeholder workshops and conferences. Stepha holds a PhD in Rural Development and MSc in International Development from University College Dublin, Ireland.
Filling harvest and nutrient ‘gaps’ through site speciﬁc food tree and crop portfoliosAbstract
ICRAF has developed a food tree and crop portfolio approach to enhance the diversity and seasonal availability of nutritious foods in local food systems. The portfolios are site-specific combinations of indigenous and exotic food tree species with complementary vegetables, pulses and staple crops, that potentially can provide year-round harvest of nutritious foods. In addition to ﬁlling harvest gaps, certain nutrient gaps are addressed by mapping the nutritional value of selected species using food composition data. This data plays a key role in linking agriculture to nutrition, particularly the nutrient composition of indigenous and underutilized species, for which such information is often lacking. The portfolios represent a sustainable food-based approach to address micronutrient deﬁciencies by promoting nutrient dense foods in the diets of rural and urban consumers. The portfolios have been developed in 15 sites across East Africa.